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Zeke and the Popo

Zeke and the Popo

Zeke and the Popo


Zeke and the Popo began as a side project from Zeke Khaseli (vocals, piano & guitar from the band LAIN) in 2003. Zeke asked Leonardo Ringo (a.k.a Mugeni) to jam; the two immediately noticed a distinct musical chemistry between them. Not long after, the two asked Iman Fattah (a.k.a Babyfaced), also from the band LAIN, to join them on the synthesizer. As the trio made music and played gigs, they quickly gained popularity. Their contribution for the J. Read more on Last.fm
Zeke and the Popo began as a side project from Zeke Khaseli (vocals, piano & guitar from the band LAIN) in 2003. Zeke asked Leonardo Ringo (a.k.a Mugeni) to jam; the two immediately noticed a distinct musical chemistry between them. Not long after, the two asked Iman Fattah (a.k.a Babyfaced), also from the band LAIN, to join them on the synthesizer. As the trio made music and played gigs, they quickly gained popularity. Their contribution for the J.K.T.S.K.R.G compilation from Aksara Records marked the need for a drummer and bass player.

At this point, the band had felt that their music had grown from a 3 piece sound based band to a spacey, ambient layered analog band. Thus, they asked Amir (a.k.a Kuro) to play drums, and Yudi (a.k.a Sideburns) to play bass. In November 2003, the five of them performed together for the first time in Aksara Bookstore in Kemang. In 2005, ZATPP (as the band is also known) contributed 3 of their pieces to the soundtrack of the film "Joni's Promise", including a song called “Mighty Love” which was credited to their alter-ego band Salvatore Mamadou. The film became a major success, causing a huge surge in popularity for ZATPP.

In March 2005, ZATPP released their first EP, “Unrescued World”. This EP, with a total of four songs, sold out very quickly after it was released. The popularity of "Unrescued World" generated a lot of buzz, and large numbers of followers. Zeke and the Popo went on to perform at “Les Voila 2005”, in Bandung, Indonesia, which also featured some prominent local acts like Mocca and the S.I.G.I.T. In November 2006, ZATPP once again contributed a song to the original soundtrack of “6:30”, a film directed by Rinaldy Puspoyo.

ZATPP performed with their contemporaries, NAIF and Pure Saturday, at the official movie launch. Aside from being a central part of ZATPP, Zeke was also a composer of a film score and a music director of “KALA”, directed by Joko Anwar (Director of "Joni's Promise".) Zeke also directed the Space in the Headlines’ music video, following a film education in London. As of 2007, Zeke has successfully launcheda “KALA” original soundtrack along with the Zeke and the Popo debut album, “Space in the Headlines” under Black Morse Records. The first single released from the “KALA” original soundtrack was “Hope Killer”, which is also recognized as the teaser for “Space in the Headlines”.

In Space in the Headlines, ZATPP offers richer and more organic sounds compared to their previous EP. However, for listeners, it wouldn't be hard to recognize the trademark spacey soundscape that bas become ZATPPesque. Zeke and the Popo is known throughout the local independent music scene because of their unique sound, arrangements, and stage act. They always have brought along their own visual for display each time they perform, which helps people remember them as a one-of-a-kind visual sound band.

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