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Back again: Popular Jamaican reggae band is reuniting and releasing their project “Zap-Pow Again.” Seated from left, Glen DoCasta , Fiona Forest, Geoffery Star. Standing from left, Arnaldo Bolt, Richard ‘T. Bird’ Johnson, Leebert ‘Gibby’ Morrison, Everol Wray, and Dwight Pinkney.
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The band is back together again!

Legendary 70s reggae band Zap Pow is reunited and releasing their first project in more than seven years. Some of the group’s original and current members came together to work on their new album titled “Zap-Pow Again.” The return is inspired by members retaining a presence on the music scene, and wanting to revive their influence on current trends, said the band’s founder.

“A lot of deejays have sampled our music and we’ve see our current appeal on the music,” said Dwight Pinkney. “Since most of us are still actively touring the world individually, I was approached about re-establishing the band because our standard and quality of music is timeless.”

He says the band’s celebrity earned them a dedicated fan base that anticipates the release of the new project. And their this inspired the name of the album.

“Zap-pow is a classic name in Jamaica and on the international scale so as we were touching up ideas on what to call the album we came up with Zap-Pow again, because we’re coming through with our impact,” said Pinkney.

The entire band is thrilled about the reunion and this project is a product of their desire to make music like the old days.

“The album is proof of our reaction on uniting. For us to come together and do an album — this must’ve been some commitment plan,” said Pinkney.

The 15-track album boasts of new songs and some re-mastered classic ones such as “Some Sweet Day,” and “Let’s Fall in Love,” according to Pinkney. There will also be songs sung by former lead singer of the band, Beres Hammond.

The band’s legacy in retaining the true and traditional reggae sounds sealed their stardom.

“That innovation really put us on the top so we’re not going to adjust that,” he said. “There will be intro to what our show comprise our equal devotion and detail gone.”

He said even though it should be celebrated more, listeners will be pleased to hear that classic sound brought alive.

“I wouldn’t say that the traditional sound is lost but it can be highlighted more,” said Pinkney. “There’s room for it to be highlighted more — because that sound was the tool that pirated reggae into the international market.”

“Zap Pow always been a band ahead of its time,” said Pinkney. “In our heyday other bands used to come to the front stage of our shows to come and take lessons because we were like the original show band in Jamaica, because we were a show and weren’t just on stage.”

The tour locations and dates are still to be confirmed but the group hopes to have a full schedule out by Spring. When that is confirmed the band says it is definitely touching down in the United States, Europe and Canada, where they already got offers.

Pinkney said he wanted fans to know the album stands to show that the band is a trailblazer.

“This is really a testament and it’s a product of what we have done, which we discovered with experience over the years,” he said. “This is the result of many of our achievements. The sound on this album is a testament as to where Zap stands now and what Zap has in the bag because there are some great songs on the album.”

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimon@cnglocal.com.
Updated 3:05 am, July 10, 2018
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