On: Zoocci Coke Dope

Zoocci Coke Dope talks to Helen Herimbi about ‘Morning Star’ and making moves through music His braids curl up the sides of his head and he rarely touches his signature snapback cap to tuck them behind his ears. Two thin gold chains hang down his chest and his pensive look is omnipresent throughout our conversation. Aside from him drinking a berry smoothie – berry, fam! – everything about Zoocci Coke Dope is consistent with the image he’s been projecting to the general public since he first burst onto the mainstream scene around two years ago. The 23-year-old who was born Andile Sibabalwe is so serious about being a producer and vocalist who is a force to be reckoned with, that it borders on impatient. “I feel like I spent a lot of time outside of where it’s really happening in the industry and, at this point, I feel like my peers are already way ahead of me,” Zoocci Coke Dope confesses between slurps of his smoothie. “So I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do.” “The people I look up to started way young,” he continues. “But I spent about three years of my life working from eight in the morning to 4am the next day, every day. Just trying to get better and trying to do good work.” In that time, he was the producer behind Blaklez’s radio-friendly, Freedom or Fame. Zoocci also went on to produce and feature on songs like DJ Speedsta’s I Don’t Know and Just To Flex, Flavours as well as Pablo, all by fellow Vth Season signee, Big Star. Most recently, the Pretoria-raised artist has released his own EP, Morning Star. The title track presents a duality that Zoocci calls a split personality. “With people I know, I’m very energetic and like ‘I want to take over the world,’ ” says Zoocci. “But I also have a side where I am a reserved introvert. With decision-making, there’s always been a conflict between those two personalities.” That’s why the track is two of his own voices wrestling with words about how Read More …