Shaka Ponk

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Shaka Ponk
Shaka Ponk - Fête de l'Humanité 2012 - 038.jpg
Concert in Saint-Denis, 2012
Background information
Also known asSHK PNK
Origin France
Genres
Years active2004-present
LabelsEdel Music
Websitetv.shakaponk.com
MembersFrah
C. C
Steve
Mandris
Ion
Samaha Sam
Past membersBobe-ID
Thias

Shaka Ponk (sometimes abbreviated as SHKPNK) is a French electro rock band formed in Paris in 2004. They mix different forms of popular music into their songs in addition to world music, although predominantly with an electronic and experimental rock sound, their lyrics are mostly in English, though they sometimes sing in French and Spanish.

History[edit]

Shaka Ponk is a Paris-based band that blends rock, electronic, punk rock, funk rock, and hip hop, their live shows combine digital animation with an energetic display from the band members.

Shaka Ponk got its start between Paris and Berlin in 2005 from a concept that brings together music, imagery, and energy; the former web designer and frontman of the group, Frah, along with guitarist CC, came up with a project that combined conventional rock-n-roll elements (dirty guitar riffs and beats) with techniques such as VJing, which mixes sounds and images around an animated monkey character named Goz who is considered as much a part of the group as the other five members. Since then, the band has been active online creating videos and motion graphic work along their conceptual style, releasing videos on their online channel "Monkey TV".

The band released their debut album Loco Con Da Frenchy Talkin' in 2006 and followed up in 2009 with Bad Porn Movie Trax, under the French record label Tôt ou tard (Ben Howard, Patrick Watson); this album spawned the singles "How We Kill Stars" and "Do".

Shaka Ponk performed in New York City for the first time in October 2009 in the celebrated CMJ Musical Festival and on November 7, AOL chose the track "How We Kill Stars" as the Music Video of the Day; the band released Bad Porn Movie Trax in the United States on March 1, 2010.

In 2011 Shaka Ponk added a female vocalist, Samaha Sam, and released their album The Geeks and the Jerkin' Socks in June, 2011.

Shaka Ponk singer Samaha Sam, at the Fête de l'Humanité in 2012.

The band released two albums simultaneously in 2014, titled The White Pixel Ape (Smoking Isolate to Keep in Shape) and The Black Pixel Ape (Drinking Cigarettes to Take a Break), their latest album, The Evol', came out in 2017.

Personnel[edit]

Current members
  • Frah - lead vocals (2004–present)
  • C. C - guitars (2004–present)
  • Steve - keyboards (2004–present)
  • Mandris - bass (2008–present)
  • Ion - drums (2008–present)
  • Samaha Sam - lead vocals (2011–present)
Other
  • Goz - digitally-created monkey serving as the band's mascot, sometimes credited as band member (2004–present)
Former members
  • Thias - bass (2004–2008)
  • Bobee O.D - drums (2004–2008)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Charts
FR
[1]
BEL
(Wa)

[2]
SWI
[3]
2006 Loco Con Da Frenchy Talkin'
2009 Bad Porn Movie Trax 101 194
2011 The Geeks and the Jerkin' Socks 14 18 69
2014 The White Pixel Ape (Smoking Isolate to Keep in Shape) 2 10 16
The Black Pixel Ape (Drinking Cigarettes to Take a Break) 4 39 54
2017 The Evol' 6
[4]
31 25

Reissues

  • 2009: Loco Con Da Frenchy Talkin' (Recycled 2009)
  • 2010: Bad Porn Movie Trax - 3rd edition (additional titles "Stop the Bot" and "French Touch Puta Madre (Live)"
  • 2011: Sex, Plugs & Vidiot'Ape (included DVD: 70 minutes of Monkey TV mini-reportage about the band and music videos)
  • 2012: The Geeks and the Jerkin' Socks - Deluxe Edition (with a DVD of Monkey TV mini-reportage about the band music videos)

Live

Year Album Charts Certification
FR
[1]
BEL
(Wa)

[2]
SWI
[3]
2012 NRJ Sessions Shaka Ponk 144
2013 Geeks on Stage 12 109

EPs[edit]

Year Album Charts
FR
[1]
2005 Hyppie Monkey EP
2017 ApeTizer EP 145
[5]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Charts Certification Album
FR
[1]
BEL
(Wa)
(Ultratop)

[2]
BEL
(Wa)
(Ultratip*)

[2]
2012 "My Name Is Stain" 7 11 Gold (Italy)
"Let's Bang" 55 16
"I'm Picky" 28 29
2014 "Wanna Get Free" 45 18
"Scarify" 81
"Altered Native Soul" 98
"Story O' My LF" 132
2017 "Wrong Side" 136
[6]
The Evol'

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

Other releases

  • 2006: "Fonk Me"
  • 2006: "Hell'O"
  • 2009: "How We Kill Stars"
  • 2009: "Do"
  • 2011: "Palabra Mi Amor"
  • 2011: "Sex Ball"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d LesCharts.com: Shaka Ponk page
  2. ^ a b c d Ultratop.be: Shaka Ponk page
  3. ^ a b Hitparade.ch: Shaka Ponk page
  4. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 47, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 27, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés – SNEP (Week 47, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 27 November 2017.

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