Zookeeper is the band that can’t be stopped—even if its members tried to throw an anchor from its hurtling reggae-rap fusion ship and one quick listen gives the evidence you can’t argue with. The trio boldly invites quiet controversy—be it smoking jays rolled in pages from The Bible in “Bible Paper” while bobbing along a sea of synth and 909’s or making home videos to “No Condoms.” Listeners can count on Zookeeper to deliver their rug-cutting bangers with versatility a bite. Lotus (Tafiyah Morgan) and her bandmate/nephew Reubz (Reuben Shaw) have reggae-rock pioneer Denroy Morgan who gave you the smash disco hit “I‘ll Do Anything For You“ (Black Eagles, Morgan Heritage) to thank for that musical passion flowing through their veins. Denroy—Lotus’s father, Reubz’ grandfather—and his work provided the perfect rootsy, aural launching pad for Zookeeper and their genre-defying efforts. Lotus says the group was bred for exactly what they’re doing. As if that rich contemporary reggae history weren’t enough, the trio’s rounding member, King Swag (Jahson Minott), calls the arguable father of modern dancehall Sugar Minott his own biological pops. Not only that, but Swag’s mom, the godmother of reggae and music biz pro Maxine Stowe, has worked with such legendary acts as Jimmy Cliff, Super Cat, Diana King and more. Pair that genetic wiring with an overwhelming passion and honed knack for ragga, and suddenly there’s an unstoppable force. That force is called Zookeeper—an appropriate title given each member’s wild and voracious attack on all things creative. The result invites listeners to think, relax, get high, and most importantly, dance. Chugging along strong since its 2006 birth, Zookeeper keeps an ear to the ground and an eye on the future. The crew currently works on an infectious, dancefloor-beckoning EP, leading with the slamming “AK-47.” If it’s any indication of what’s to come, we can all rest easy knowing another sexy, shimmying reggae-tinged release is on the close horizon.


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