Tauta is the youngest nominee for the first Golden Ukulele Award. Encouraged by his dad, Tauta learned to play the ukulele just by listening to the keys.
His father Rurutaura Tauta, a well known musician on the local scene, also known as Papa Ru, says he taught his son to “learn by listening, learn by the ear”, it’s a faster way to learn music’. Over time playing consistently, Tauta improved his skill immensely, mesmerising audiences with his ukulele music; he was also offered a contract to perform in the United States that he firmly declined.
For over a decade, he has entertained in the family band in hotels, clubs and various entertainment venues on Rarotonga, also playing in New Zealand and Australia.
Tauta is a humble quietly spoken youthful man and is recognised as one of the best young ukulele players in the Cook Islands.
His favourite ukulele is the 8 strings and he enjoys strumming fast “tamure” songs, rather than the slower tempo ones; and plays the keyboard and the guitar.
Tauta’s talents are not limited to music, he is an experienced cultural artist winning the Te Mire Tama title back in 2012 when he presented a powerful pe’e, dance, drumming and ukulele skills routine; current Miss International Cook Islands Louisa Purea claimed the equivalent Maine Tiare title the same year, and the two have remained friends since then.
Apart from the music scene, his other great passion is sports.
He is a former Cook Islands sports representative, is presently in the Aitutaki rugby league team, and travelled with the Tereora College rugby group to Hawaii two years ago.
The youngest of five siblings, Tautu continues to be part of the family band and is appreciative when people enjoy their music.
Tauta and Papa Ru would like to mention, to share their knowledge of music, they are prepared to teach church groups for no charge.