Although "zwei," the German word for "two," is properly pronounced "zvy," jones explains,"We thought we should change the sound of the word to something cooler, but the meaning is the same." jones continues, "More personally, 'two means We before I.' From the mutual appreciation we had for Hall & Oates as kids, to talking to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis as adults about songwriting, we have always been clear that the best teams were always two cats who came from separate places, but understood and brought the best out of each other."
Having composed, arranged, performed and produced every note of their debut album, The 2, and its follow up, 2'sday, Zwei is prepared to sail or sink, but they'll do it 2gether. When asked about their creative process, Kuti offers, "Songs can come from anywhere. We channel emotions from everywhere and bring ideas to each other. He may call me with a concept for a tune and I'll do a track for it. I may come to him with a musical arrangement of which I've only laid down 8 bars, and he'll finish it. Or, the roles could be completely reversed. As long as there's input from both, we keep it moving."
When The 2 was released, Zwei was immediately featured in the Washington Post, added to the Carter Barron Amphitheatre's summer schedule and added to DC/MD/VA's premier urban adult contemporary radio station, WHUR FM's playlist-3 feats rarely, if ever accomplished by an act upon their debut. With some of the most highly attended appearances all over the D.C. metropolitan area, including the Stone Soul Picnic and the Black Family Reunion, a Wammie nomination for best urban contemporary act by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), a showcase on Megahertz Networks (a national cable network), and heavy rotation on XM satellite radio, not only are D.C.'s eyes on this sensational act, but the nation's as well.