Based in Charlotte, NC, and Wilmington, NC, the Tsunami Wave Riders combine the high energy of rock and reggae rhythms with traditional island instruments - such as the Hawaiian ukulele and Caribbean steel drums - that instantly puts listeners on their favorite beach. In fact, that is the goal of the Tsunami Wave Riders - to help people to relax and de-stress with some feel-good music.
Are you a "wave rider"? Surf's up, so grab your board. It's time to ride da music...island style!
The Members of the Tsunami Wave Riders
keyboards and ukulele
Although originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Ronnie Tsunami has lived all around the world from Germany to Georgia to Japan, which has instilled in him a greater appreciation for different cultures and styles of music. Ronnie is the founder, lead singer and award-winning songwriter for the Tsunami Wave Riders, and his passion earned him the nickname "Tsunami".
Joanna 'Tropical Lady'
One of the original founding members of the Tsunami Wave Riders, Joanna 'Tropical Lady' brings the 'tropics' to this rock band with her
double-second steelpans. She is also a co-writer of several Tsunami Wave Riders originals with Ronnie Tsunami, including 'Island Dreamin,' which won "Single of the Year" at the 2008 Hawaii Music Awards.
Arda 'Big Kahuna' Bagcioglu
Arda 'Big Kahuna' Bagcioglu brings a little bit of the islands in the Mediterranean to the Tsunami Wave Riders. He is a killer rock, blues and country guitarist from Turkey that has opened up for legends such as Uriah Heep, Chuck Berry and the Blues Brothers. Arda also teaches guitar in Charlotte, NC.
Nate 'The Coconater' Andrews
bass guitar, rhythm guitar and drums
Nate Andrews, also known as "The Coconater," is a lead vocalist and brings the bottom end to the Tsunami Wave Riders while laying down funky grooves for all to dance to and enjoy. Having played for many bands over the years, Nate can be heard on various recordings and advertising work. His spare time is spent lying on the beach, fishing and sleeping in a hammock...livin' island style!
'Book em Danno' Ross
Angela Leilani Jackson
percussion and vocals
Half Hawaiian and half Cherokee Indian, Leilani is an exotic mix of aloha who began her singing career at age 3 for her church and their public events, and she became a songwriter at age 16. Since then, Leilani has had played with several bands in the Carolinas, and even had several of her own country songs receive airplay in North Carolina and Kentucky. She was also featured on the popular television program "Nashville Spotlight".