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Zigaboo Modelliste


Drummer Joseph "Ziggy" Modeliste was one of the original members of the Meters, a pioneering funk band based in New Orleans. He is widely acknowledged as the innovator of a style of playing known as second-line funk. As a solo artist, he released the album Zigaboo.Com in 2000, about two decades after the Meters' broke up. Modeliste self-produced the release, which was issued by the indie label that he founded, JZM Records. He also appeared on numerous Meters' recordings, as well as others by such artists as the Rolling Stones, Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville, Keith Richards, Professor Longhair, John Fogerty, Dr. John, Robert Palmer, Allen Toussaint, Patti LaBelle, and Lee Dorsey, among others.

A New Orleans native, the drummer makes his home in Berkeley, CA. He went home to the Crescent City in 1997 and 1998 to perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. ~ Linda Seida, All Music Guide
Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste is a Master Drummer, Rhythm-Innovator, Percussionist, and a New Orleans Legend, the most highly acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the crescent city. Zigaboo's creativity has been a wellspring of Funk Influence for Three decades of drummers and a great many Hip-Hop Samplers. His innovative work as a member of the Internationally Acclaimed R & B Group, "The Meters" as well as his side work with artists like Keith Richards, Robert Palmer, and Dr. John has garnered him an unparalleled level of respect among musicians and fans. Zigaboo's style is unique, he is a master of creating Funk Grooves and new concepts of Funk drumming. He is especially known for his syncopated rhythms and his unique second line Funk styles, which have been sampled, imitated and copied many times over. Ziggy recorded on all the Original LP's with "The Meters" and has also been sampled many times over from artists such as MUSIQ, QUEEN LATIFAH, RUN DMC, DR. DRE, ICE CUBE, NWA, SALT N' PEPA'S, CYPRESS HILL, EPMD, PUBLIC ENEMY, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, BEASTIE BOYS, NAUGHTY BY NATURE which is just to name a few! Zigaboo has written over 200 songs individually and collectively with "The Meters" that display his songwriting genius and distinctive Funk styles. This collection of songs have been released on over 31 albums nationally and internationally. Zigaboo released his first solo CD in 2000 entitled "Zigaboo.com" which has been reviewed as one of the most outstanding come back records of the year! It is quoted that "Modeliste is the most brilliant American Funk percussionist of the Contemporary Era! The Percussion maestro known as the "Godfather of Groove, takes you to funk depths no one else could possibly reach!


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