With their dancefloor anthem “The Power” the name Snap became, practically, overnight, the worldwide trademark for top class dance music and this was strengthened by the succession of hits that followed – “Oops Up”, “Cult Of Snap” and “Mary Had A Little Boy”.

Snap! are an German-American electronic music group formed in 1989 by German producers Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti. The act has been through a number of line-up changes over the years, but was most successful when fronted by rapper Turbo B, who performed on the UK number 1 singles “The Power” and “Rhythm Is a Dancer”. Their first album World Power is one of the most successful dance albums of all time, with worldwide sales estimated at 7 million.

Münzing and Anzilotti formed Snap! in 1989 under the aliases Benito Benites and John “Virgo” Garrett III, as they thought that the public had negative preconceived ideas of German music. Their first hit “The Power”, a combination of house and hip hop elements, contained a number of unauthorised samples, taking the drum loop from “King of the Beats” by Mantronix, the rap from “Let the Words Flow” by Chill Rob G and the classic line “I’ve got the power” from “Love’s Gonna Get You” by Jocelyn Brown. It was initially released in the United States through Wild Pitch Records, but after Chill Rob G threatened legal action, the rap was re-recorded by Turbo B (born Durron Maurice Butler, April 30, 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), and additional vocals were recorded by Penny Ford (though the woman in the video is Jackie Harris), Jocelyn Brown’s vocals still remain on the record. The single rocketed to number 2 in Germany in March 1990, and spent two weeks at number 1 in the United Kingdom, becoming the first rap single to top the chart. It later reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified platinum.

In May 2008, Brains from the programme Thunderbirds appeared in a TV commercial in the UK for Drench spring water. He is shown dancing around a room to “Rhythm Is a Dancer”. Its regular TV airings prompted thousands of downloads of the original album mix of the song, and it has so far peaked at number 23 in the official UK singles chart. A brand new version of the song with added vocals from Loc was released as a CD single in the UK on June 16, 2008.

The Voices

Turbo B:
Real name Darron Butler. He was sent to Frankfurt in 1985 by his Uncle Sam. Rico Sparx discovered that he
was a first class rapper and human beat-box. His talents earned him spots with acts such as Maze and The Fat Boys.

Jackie Harris:
Turbo met her at a concert when she was working for Moses P.

Penny Ford:
Has sung for Chaka Khan, Kool And The Gang, George Clinton and The SOS Band.

Thea Austin:
Started out performing in bars and clubs in LA and was friend of Penny Ford who introduced her to
Michael and Luca when she left the band.

Niki Harris:
Had sung with Madonna for 7 years before replacing Thea – she was also introduced to
Michael and Luca via Penny Ford.

Born in Washington DC, this Snap singer met the Snap boys via both Niki and Penny. She has danced
with Prince and Janet Jackson and sung with Paula Abdul and Snoop Doggy Dog.

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