ZAPP is back!!!
The legendary US Funk, R&B and Soul band ZAPP (or known as ZAPP BAND) is back with a new album to be released in Fall 2018 on the label LEOPARD. ZAPP VII - ROGER & FRIENDS ist the title of the upcoming album which contains 11 completely new recorded songs featuring guest artists like Tuxedo, Bootsy Collins, Mr. Talkbox, Frankie J, Kurupt, Snoop Dogg to name a few. As a very special song there is the very last recorded and never before released song by the legendary Roger Troutman, entitled ANGEL. Get ready for a funky and soulful new album by one of the legendary US R&B bands.
Over the past 30 years, the ZAPP band and Roger Troutman have been sampled by hundreds of artists around the globe. ZAPP has dad an impactful, catalyst-like effect on the west coast hip-hop movement. Featured in songs by Jay Z, Lil', Kim, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Ice Cube and many others - ZAPP has played in small clubs, venues and huge arenas with legends like Rick James, Cameo, Prince and mentor George Clinton. Fueled by the belated Roger Troutman's creative spirit, ZAPP's legacy lives on.
There Funkateers are working hard in the studio and cooking up crafty new material while playing to fans world wide.
ZAPP unleashes funky, high-energy music with a contagious groove built for dancing, loving and good times. Made up of masterful musicians who have been getting down together since the late 1970s, the group’s sizzling chemistry can be attributed to the fact that it has always been a joyful family affair. The band started with Lil Roger and Lil Lester in 1962, which became Lil Roger and His Fabulous Vel's, grew into Roger and the Human Body from 1974-1978, then became a full-fledged movement as ZAPP. Now bandleader Lester Troutman, Sr. (drums), Terry "ZAPP" Troutman (talkbox/keyboards/bass), Bart Thomas (talkbox/vocals/keyboards/bass), Dale DeGroat (musical direction/keyboards/ vocals), Thomas Troutman (keyboards/vocals), Riccardo Bray (guitar) and Anthony Arrington (sax) join to carry on the legacy of a tight-knit group of expert players and funk, soul and party band pioneers. Vibrating with moog bass, electrifying guitar riffs and fresh, clever lyrics, the tight-knit group's songs demonstrate a wicked sense of humor and an unmatched ability to tell colorful stories and write solid, memorable hooks. ZAPP members’ layered recordings and boisterous, Las Vegas-style live shows have always established them as trailblazers in both songwriting and showmanship. In the tradition of stylish masters such as James Brown, George Clinton, Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone, ZAPP continues to both inspire and draw inspiration from hot acts like Daft Punk, The Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake.Download full biography