Live Review: Meters’ drummer Zigaboo Modeliste’s only UK date

IF I was a drumming legend, when sourcing a site for my sole UK gig of the year Croydon might not be top of the list. As a member of funk pioneers The Meters, Zigaboo Modeliste is used to playing gritty New Orleans clubs – and stadiums supporting The Rolling Stones. But in a bizarre coup, there he was on stage, in a converted art gallery at Fairfield Halls. Kicking off with the unmistakable Cissy Strut, the grooves came thick and fast; Modeliste a whirlwind of power and technique, pounding away with the clout of a rocker and the control … Continue reading Live Review: Meters’ drummer Zigaboo Modeliste’s only UK date

Funky forefather: The Meters’ founder Zigaboo Modeliste on Keith Richards – and why a reunion isn’t on the cards

ALONGSIDE James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone, The Meters played an integral role in the genesis of funk music. Signed up as the house backing band to New Orleans’ label Sansu Enterprises, on a slow day in 1968 the band hit the studio to record an LP of gritty stripped-back, fat-packed instrumentals which changed the course of music for ever. A string of hit LPs and a decade later the group split, but today Meters’ grooves continue to infect the airwaves. Greedily plundered by the next generation of musicians, the quartet’s riffs have been widely sampled by the … Continue reading Funky forefather: The Meters’ founder Zigaboo Modeliste on Keith Richards – and why a reunion isn’t on the cards