REGGAE PARTY: Tiki Taane will play at Down Under Bar next month.
REGGAE PARTY: Tiki Taane will play at Down Under Bar next month.

Reggae master

A PIONEER in the New Zealand music scene, Tiki Taane, will soon make waves in the Whitsundays.

He rose to prominence as the live engineer and eventually frontman of leading band Salmonella Dub in 1996 before embarking on his solo career in 2007.

Renowned as much for his powerful, headlining live performances as he is for the anthems he writes and produces, Tiki's extraordinary ability to rock the mic as both a gifted performance emcee and a solo acoustic performer is something to be experienced first-hand.

Although affectionately known as King of the Dubs in NZ, Tiki's musical influences and appeal are broad, traversing from dub step, reggae, drum 'n' bass and hip-hop to more contemporary pop/rock sensibilities.

No matter the set he performs, or which country he performs in, the audience is always reminded of the sheer power of Tiki's ability to unify, warm and wow as he seamlessly delivers a unique performance experience.

Fostering a strong artist community and collaborative mindset has always been part of Tiki's ethos.

Through the years he has teamed up with many international artists, such as Joss Stone, Michael Franti, DUBFX, Andrew Tosh, Mad Professor, and has worked with nearly every bass-heavy act in NZ.

Tiki has produced multi-platinum singles and albums, not only for himself but for top NZ artists such as Salmonella Dub, The Adults (Shihad), Six60 and longtime friends Shapeshifter, for whom he's been their exclusive live sound engineer since 1999.

Tiki Taane will play at the Down Under Bar and Grill on Saturday, September 5, with local artists and special guests Wing It and Sun Salute.

Early bird tickets can be purchased from XBase Airlie Beach for $22 or $30 on the door.

DUB beats

WHAT: Tiki Taane (live)

WHERE: Down Under Bar and Grill

WHEN: Saturday, September 5


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