Bull Funk Zoo
Assaad Lakkis a.k.a. Bull Funk Zoo
Imagine a big bad bull rocking out, fornicating & wildly stompin &the blues into rubble. Hendrix having & a drink with Tom Waits & Rage Against The Machine decided to tear it up! The birth of Bull Funk Zoo has made a strong impact in the Dubai music scene, playing shows in virtually every venue and festival across the country. Touring internationally, Bull Fuck Zoo opened for Sting in March 2013 playing his original album material to an incredible audience of 10,000 people. Also supporting internationally renowned Timbaland, Sade, Habib Koite, Stanley Jordan, Courtney Pine and gaining sponsorship from Red Bull and Wampler.
Currently touring the region and working on album number 3, Assaad know as “Bull Funk Zoo” is considered one of the hardest working musicians/producers in the UAE, achieving best act nomination at the Time Out and Hype awards. Bull Funk Zoo released the new album 'Dangerous Radio' (in September 2016) which Assaad composed, performed, engineered & produced in its entirety, along with 3 accompanying music videos. The album has been receiving excellent reviews in the UK/European publications with 4 stars out of 5.
Bull Funk Zoo’s debut, self titled album, got the highest rating of 4 stars for an unsigned band in Rolling Stone Middle East and was a best seller in Virgin Megastores in the UAE. The album entered into the IMA & ISC Awards USA, with the song "Oblivion" reaching the semi finals.
The album can be found worldwide online through iTunes plus many other download sites and features on all Emirates Airlines entertainment, including an exclusive interview visible to over 60 million passengers a year. He produced a music video with Adnan Mryhij (CTG productions) & Hadi Sarieddine for "Shit House Blues" which was released in February 2015 and has also featured in numerous publications, radio shows & TV shows.
The man behind Bull Funk Zoo developed his talent for music in the US where he lived and studied for a number of years. Playing with practically every conceivable kind of musician and band, sessioning with renowned artists including Glen Burris, a composer and musician performing on Miles Davis "Man With The Horn", Arkology & God’s Pager.
Then continuing his music journey in 2000 when he moved back to Dubai with involvement in projects like Abstrakt Collision (3 albums recorded), Stroobiya, Abstrakt Roots and performing as a session guitarist with various acts throughout region. Bull Funk Zoo’s unique raw sound was first showcased in 2011, in collaboration with Abri, opening for Sade at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. The response was overwhelming! Sade personally saying “The band were amazing and they were the best opening act she had had during her 2011 world tour!”
He also produced and released a single featuring Malikah (The queen of Arab Hiphop) with a video (directed by Fares Sokhon) that went viral across the Middle East in July 2015. Bull Funk Zoo is always featuring different musicians that would suite his musical endeavor.
- Tom Quayle – Dual Fusion