Tropikal Productions is an entertainment agency featuring "tropikal" Island-style music artists, groups, bands, dance, drums and kulcha!
Caribbean ~ Polynesian ~ Latin ~ Afrikan
Reggae, soca, steel drums, hula dancers, fire dancers, samba, salsa to soukous. Solos and small groups to large, authentic and professional.
Based in Dallas, TX usa
Jimi and his Watusi Trio were the best! Such fun entertainers. Loved the way they interacted with the guests. Fabulous!
Response from Tropikal Productions:
Thank you, we had FUN, beautiful nite in Longview will be remembered til we do it again!!
The band was wonderful! They were flexible in start time and our guests loved them! Highly recommend them to everyone. Super easy to work with.
Band members were too timid and set up on the far back on the stage. The music was very nice but there were moments were in-between songs were some technical difficulties were experienced. There was also lack of interaction from the band during the performance, not once did they say a word to the crowd to get them involved or excited about their performance.
Great band. The members and their guests really enjoyed them at our Club event. They were energetic and went out of their way to get the crowd involved, especially the children. Can't wait to have them back again.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 15 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Great, professional, authentic "Tropikal" performance, music, dance, with a smile, ontime and in a fun atmosphere!
WATUSI is the premier original "REGGAE / WORLDBEAT" band from Texas and one of the pioneers of the genre in the USA and the world. Watusi is a tribe of 10 world musicians, coming from the Caribbean, Afrika and the USA, joining positive music, kulcha, lyrics and life together in a true Rasta spirit of international unity, with a "One World, One God, One Love" message and a world of rhythm.
WATUSI is the original group on World Beatnik Records, for over 30 years a Texas reggae legend, and worldbeat pioneer since the early 80's and since have become respected and played worldwide. Winners of numerous Reggae and World Music Awards including many Dallas Music Awards for Reggae and.. nominated for the Roots Music Association "Reggae Artist of the Year". Watusi is a charter member of Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide (R.A.W.) and
has shared the stage internationally with virtually all the top artists in Reggae music, including the Wailers, Steel Pulse, Morgan Heritage, Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Kymani Marley, Burning Spear, Third World, Inner Circle, Black Uhuru, UB40, Marcia Griffiths, Michael Rose, Don Carlos, Franky Paul, Eek a Mouse, Charlie Chaplin, Big Youth, Yellowman, King Sunny Ade, Sonny Okosuns, the Itals, Afroman, Culture, Meditations, Half Pint, Glen Washington, Neville Brothers, Big Mountain, Ras Michael, Chief Twins 77, O.J. Ekemode, Fishbone, Jimmy Buffett & Reggae Sunsplash U.S. Tour.
A seed from Jamaica, sown by the great Wailer Peter Tosh, was planted in Dallas in 1976, raised in Jamaica in 1981, became Watusi in 1983 and has grown and spread this band and their unique blend of roots Reggae, soca, Afrikan, dancehall and Worldbeat music across America, performing and headlining festivals around the world, from Costa Rica to Brasil, Hawaii, to Jamaica and Cuba to Colombia... and just back from their first tour of Afrika, from Dakar, Senegal to Accra, Ghana...the first American reggae group to tour Afrika...spreading their music around the world! This winter Watusi rocked the Keys and all Florida for first time and found a new winter spot !!
2017 celebrates 34 years of Watusi and the release of their latest CD, "JAM", on World Beatnik Records, has taken their music worldwide to all the Americas, Afrika, Asia and Europe. The CD is the 6th release by Watusi and shows great, versatile musicianship and a true diversity of styles and rhythms: REGGAE - Roots to dancehall, soca, zouk, Afrikan JuJu, Highlife, soukous, Afro-beat, salsa, samba, jazz, funk, gospel, all mixed inna true World Beatnik stylee.
Watusi's "Cool Runner" cd gained airplay worldwide in 106 countries, putting Watusi on the map and reaching new fans and markets around the globe inna One World spirit.
The international response has been outstanding and always positive!
2016 had WATUSI touring Costa Rica and Central America, Colombia, Panama, and one of the first American reggae groups to ever perform in CUBA with the Havana Nacional Festical del Tambors! 2015 toured and played Carnival in Brasil in Rio, amazing Salvador, Bahia, and Arembepe! All promoting the new CD to essential reggae markets... with a One Love vibe...everytime!!!
Additional Booking Notes
Just need electric, a flat, coveres stage area, water and maybe a margarita!
Past Booked Events
|August 19, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Bridal Shower|
|January 30, 2017 • 7:00pm - 7:15pm||Corporate Event|
|September 17, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|July 21, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|May 14, 2015||Cocktail Party|
|June 08, 2014||Graduation|
|December 21, 2013||Christmas Party|
Varies with situation, client, venue, crowd.... but always play for the people, many requests, always caters to who's there!
And what seems appropriate.
|Bali Hai Hula||Hula dancers|
|Panorama||Steel pan group|
|Jimbe Afrique||Afrikan group|
Influences & Inspiration
So many, too many to list but definitely Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Steel Pulse, UB40, and all the greats, we have performed with most all of them.
Air, water, preferably sunshine!
Sound system ~ ours or yours.
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