JOSH TATOFI JUNE RESIDENCY
June 1, 15 & 29: Hawaiian Music Night
Showcasing Josh's originals and your favorite island classics!
June 8 & 22: A Tribute to R&B Icons
Performing the music of Luther Vandross, Baby Face and more!
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Josh Tatofi was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father, established local musician Tivaini Tatofi, is an original member of the acclaimed reggae band Kapena. As a child, music for Josh was inescapable. By the age of thirteen, Josh had begun performing throughout the Hawaiian Islands, establishing himself as a respected vocalist while gaining the recognition of his audiences and his peers. By the age of nineteen, Josh recorded an album with the wildly popular Maui band ʻEkolu. Spawn to the Kapena sound, Joshʻs early career resembled that of a reggae-lover, consisting of upbeat melodies, catchy hooks and local collaborations.
But with idols like Luther Vandross and Peabo Bryson, and ballad-ready chops to boot, Josh yearned to fuse his R&B soul with a love for his Polynesian heritage. “I ka wā ma hope, I ka wā mamua.” A Hawaiian proverb meaning, the future is in the past. As Josh developed artistically, the heritage of his past became the gateway to discovering his future. In 2014, Josh had a career-altering epiphany and discovered a home for his voice in traditional Hawaiian music.
With the release of his first Hawaiian language single, titled “Pua Kiele”, Josh expressed his adoration for the language, culture and traditions of Hawaii. In 2016, Josh released a full-length Hawaiian album, also titled “Pua Kiele” and with it embedded his imprint in the Hawaiian music scene. Since then, Josh has earned the nickname as, “the Luther Vandross of Hawaii.” And with a significant title to bear, Josh Tatofi continues to express his soul through Hawaiian mele.
In 2017, he won two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for the categories of Male Vocalist of the Year and Island Music Album of the Year for “Pua Kiele”. He garnered a Grammy nomination in 2018 for the same album in the category of Regional Roots.
Josh released his sophomore full-length Hawaiian album, entitled “Ua Kui A Lawa” in December of 2019. The album ended up winning 5 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in 2020 for the following categories: Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Island Music Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and Single of the Year “Melia”. In addition to the Hoku Awards, Josh won “Best International Pacific Artist” in 2020 at the Pacific Music Awards in New Zealand.
The work didn’t stop there in 2020 as Josh released his first Christmas EP project titled “A Jream Christmas”. He has always had a love for holiday music, so he did some with his touch added to it. You can find it available on any music platform.