With a diverse set of influences, the Puerto Rican foursome know as Da' Zoo
may come off as a Latin alternative to the Black Eyed Peas
, but their campy outfits and sunshine bright songs show the additional influence of '90s dance-pop groups like Deee-Lite
. Charly "Zoo" Rodríguez had been playing with the band Marco, while Freddie "Yo-Fred" Lugo was in Sí Señor
before the duo came together and began imagining a new project. After recruiting Raul "Raggi" Quezada and Elizabeth "Eli-Joe" Fuentes, they came up with the name Da' Zoo
, thanks to Charly's observation that they were "four animals making music" holed up in a recording studio. After signing with Sony/BMG, their "Chitu" single landed in late 2008 with their self-titled, debut album arriving the next spring.