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, Ziggy’s creativity has been a wellspring of funk influence for over five decades, inspiring many hip-hop tracks. 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, have garnered him an unparalleled level of respect among fans and musicians. The respect of industry peers remains strong in 2018, as the Recording Academy has honored Modeliste and The Meters with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.
Zigaboo consistently displays his unique style of drumming grooves and concepts, incorporating those elements into the original music he continues to create. While performing as the drummer and vocalist in several bands, Ziggy’s music continually demonstrates his artistic brilliance.
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As a founding member of The Meters and a pioneer of the syncopated drumming style, Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste has earned a well-deserved reputation as a veritable forefather of funk. Few drummers can go toe-to-toe with him when it comes to sheer reach of influence, as his stretches a lot further than most New Orleans musicians of the same era. Whether you’re digging into old school hip-hop tracks, modern trap hits or 15-minute jam band freak outs, you’ll have a harder time finding styles that his rhythmic tricks haven’t touched than the other way around.
Better known as Zigaboo, Joseph Modeliste is synonymous with the sound of New Orleans funky drumming. “I suppose I tell everybody, I think it’s a spiritual thing,” he says about being drawnto the drums.
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