Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra

Zigaboo Modeliste

Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste is a master drummer, rhythm innovator and New Orleans legend. The most highly-acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the Crescent City. Zigaboo is the founding drummer, songwriter and singer of the legendary group the Meters. His work has been sampled many times over by artists such as Musiq Soulchild, Queen Latifah, Run DMC, NWA, Ice Cube, Salt N’ Pepa, Cypress Hill, EPMD, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Naughty by Nature, and Eminem. Modeliste is a BMI award winner for the Young Gunz track, “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.” His drum sound also provided the main loops for Amerie’s “1Thing,” which was nominated for two Grammys and reached No. 1 on the R&B charts. His songwriting displays both his musical genius and original funk style. Ziggy’s songs have been released on over 70 albums nationally and internationally. His tunes have also graced such movies as “Two Can Play That Game,” “Jackie Brown,” “Drum Line,” “8 Mile,” “Hancock,” “Red,” and a Nike Commercial for Footaction. Modeliste was featured in producer Mark Ronson’s 2011 “Re:Generation Music Project,” In 2014, Modeliste’s drum work was sampled in Eminem’s single, “Berserk” -- a Billboard No. 1 BMI Award winner. That same year, Zigaboo and The Meters were showcased in Dave Grohl’s and HBO’s docuseries, “Sonic Highways.”

In 2016, The Meters famed “Handclapping” was the featured song in Google Pixel Nightmoves. Modeliste is honored to be named in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Drummers of All Times.” He has also been immortalized in songs, such as “Ziggowatt,” by Lettuce and “Zigaboogaloo,” by Nicholas Payton. In 2018, the Recording Academy has honored Modeliste and The Meters with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.

$16 ADV / $20 DOOR


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