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Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste
December 28, 1948
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Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste
Joseph Modeliste, also known as Ziggy or Zigaboo, is an American drummer best known as a founding member of the funk group The Meters.

Considered to be one of the most innovative, and highly acclaimed drummers ever, Modeliste is a pioneer of second-line funk. He remains a strong influence for drummers and his syncopated style is the source of a great many hip-hop and drum and bass samplers.

He also cofounded The Wild Tchoupitoulas and has worked extensively with other musicians, notably Keith Richards, Robert Palmer, and Dr. John.

Zigaboo 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, NWA, Ice Cube, Salt-N-Pepa, Cypress Hill, EPMD, Public Enemy, Digable Planets, DJ Shadow, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Naughty by Nature, and Tweet. In 2005, he was a BMI award winner for “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” by Young Gunz - and also, his drum sound provided the main loops for Amerie’s “1Thing” - nominated for two Grammys and hit #1 on the R&B charts.

Zigaboo has written over 400 songs individually and collectively with The Meters. This collection of songs has been released on over 36 albums nationally and internationally. His tunes have also been in movies such as “Two Can Play That Game”,"Red", “Jackie Brown”, “Drum Line”, and “8 Mile”.

Zigaboo released his first solo CD in 2000 - ”Zigaboo.com”. It was reviewed as one of the most outstanding comeback records of the year. “I’m on the Right Track” was released in 2004 (with special guests Dr. John and Bernie Worrell).

In 2006, he released the single "Let's Get Fired Up" described as "A Fight Song for Our Saints."

In 2007, he accepted an invitation to participate in Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino, contributing his version of Domino's "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday", with Herbie Hancock and Renard Poche. Funk Me Hard Live, a live performance from 1980 recorded in New Orleans was released in 2009.

In 2011 He released his fourth solo album entitled "New Life". This record has elements of rock, funk and blues and features such artists as arranger Wardell Quezerque and Trumpeter Mic Gillet of Tower of Power fame.

He resides in Oakland, California and continues to teach, release records,as well as manage his publishing Company Jomod Music and record label JZM records.

In 2010 and 2011 Modeliste visited Europe to play at Scandinavian Festivals, and other special concerts with European bands.


Apollo theatre New York at age 19

Zigaboo - Bernhard Castiglioni (Drummerworld)

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