Qkumba Zoo

One of the most colourful and eccentric acts to emerge from South Africa, Qcumba Zoo were formed in 1995 around the omnisexual Levannah (singer/songwriter) and Owl (multi-instrumentalist/producer). Initially they performed as a duo, playing offbeat accoustic originals anywhere anyone would listen.

The first single, "The Child (Inside)", was released in August of that year and shot straight to the top of the charts, earning them the "Best New Band" award at the 1996 SAMAs (South African Music Awards).

In May 1996 their debut album "Big" was released locally by David Gresham Records, stimulating interest from a number of international record companies. Dancer and sculptor Tziki, "the rubber-band-body, fire-dancing sprite" joined later as their constant on-stage visual accompaniment for the first album. (She has since committed suicide.)

Qcumba Zoo were signed up by Arista New York, who licensed the album for international release as "Wake Up & Dream". The band's name, too was changed to Qkumba Zoo.

The single, "The Child (Inside)", made it to the #1 spot again, this time on the Billboard's Club Chart, after having being launched in the USA at the end of 1996. The band also claimed the "Best Dance Album" and "Best Pop Album" awards at the 1997 SAMAs.

Qkumba Zoo left Arista in favour of their own independant label and emerged in the year 2000 with a new album, "Butterfly Peepl". The band's name, too was shorted again to QZoo. Although the album revealed matured songcrafting skills, it went by almost unnoticed and the band disappeared off the stage.

In 2001, Levannah and Owl briefly re-appeared under the new name Innaskinz, joined by a female bassist called Cajun, and they've also been spotted as QZoo with their interpretation of "O Holy Night" on the 2002 Christmas compilation "5fm presents: The Santa Sessions".

Nothing had been heard from them until 2009 when they quietly released a third teaser album called "N3X+" online, following up with "Letthelightin" in 2011.


07822-18931-2 Qkumba Zoo - Wake Up & Dream album art Qkumba Zoo Wake Up & Dream (Album) Mega Records 07822-18931-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
ZDGR 1328 K Qkumba Zoo - BIG album art Qcumba Zoo* BIG (Album) David Gresham Records ZDGR 1328 K South Africa 1996 Sell This Version
CDCZ (11) 001 Qkumba Zoo - Butterfly Peepl album art QZoo* Butterfly Peepl(CD, Album, Enh) Not On Label CDCZ (11) 001 South Africa 2000 Sell This Version
none Qkumba Zoo - N3X+ album art Qkumba Zoo N3X+(5xFile, MP3, MiniAlbum, 192) Rhythm Music Store none South Africa 2009
none Qkumba Zoo - Letthelightin album art Qkumba Zoo Letthelightin(CD, Album) Souvenir Records none South Africa 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CDSDGR 1 Qkumba Zoo - The Child (Inside) album art Qcumba Zoo* The Child (Inside) (Maxi, Single) David Gresham Records CDSDGR 1 South Africa 1995 Sell This Version
ASCD-3303 Qkumba Zoo - I'm Scared, You're Scared {Cloud Eyes} album art Qkumba Zoo I'm Scared, You're Scared {Cloud Eyes} (Single) Arista ASCD-3303 US 1997 Sell This Version
ADP-3251 Qkumba Zoo - Untitled album art Qkumba Zoo Untitled(12", Promo) Arista ADP-3251 US Unknown Sell This Version


ASCD-3262 Qkumba Zoo - Enhanced CD Bio album art Qkumba Zoo Enhanced CD Bio(CD, Enh, Smplr) Arista ASCD-3262 US 1996 Sell This Version