Ngcobo said after the city had been named as the City of Literature in November by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Unesco, it had decided to celebrate this through many forms, including music.
“(Zuma) will be covering the celebration of the works on the issues of culture and history,” Ngcobo said.
He said the department had not gone into details about the recording and how the proceeds would be shared.
“The initial idea was for him to do a live performance, but because of his busy schedule that was not possible," said Ngcobo.
"We have been trying to get hold of him for some time."