ZA! is a band from Barcelona composed by 2 people and many instruments. Their music combines African beats, noise, live electronics, thick distortions, vocal loops, free jazz, Balinese polyryhtms, math rock, Dadaism, drones and a high percentage of the result left to complete on stage, every night.
ZA! have played about 500 shows including acts in international festivals (South by South West, Primavera Sound, Sonar, Eurosonic, Trans Musicales, Fusion Fest, Canadian Music Week, Bushfire, Sydney Festival...) and tours in USA, UK, Japan, Australia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Brazil, Russia, Portugal, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Finland, Slovakia, Poland, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Italy and Spain.
ZA! love sharing stage with other musicians and creating new music altogether. They are founders of the improvisation collective El Caballo Ganador and they have created and participated in various dance & theater pieces. The duet also teaches conducted improvisation workshops for professional musicians, amateurs and kids. Their workshops, often finishing with a collective show, have taken place in many cities around the World: Barcelona, Berlin, Melbourne, Maputo, Tenerife, Açores, etc.
ZA! love the Do It Yourself spirit, but they love the Do It Together spirit even more: they self-release their records and they book their own shows through their own label Gandula, in association with many small independent labels and booking agencies around the Globe.
MACUMBA O MUERTE (2009) won the Independent Music Awards in Spain as best urban music album and was considered by Rockdelux magazine as one of the best Spanish albums of the first decade of the XXIst Century.
WANANANAI (2013) was elected Album of the Year by Rockdelux Magazine, and also the best live act of 2013. It also received the Altaveu award from Festival Altaveu.
LOLOISMO (2015) was premiered by The Wire magazine in the UK. Elected Album of the Year by Spanish ABC newspaper. The same year, ZA! were awarded with the City of Barcelona by the city council for their pedagogical task in music and for their DIY-collaborative organization.
PACHINKO PLEX (2018) is ZA!’s new album, a total change of instruments and sonority, a step further into experimentation, electronics, odd beats and calentismo. It is also a new challenge in their Do It Together spirit, self-releasing the album and co-releasing it with 7 independent labels from 7 different countries.