Finn The Groovah
Finn a.k.a Groove Operator (born Haifine Latapu) was raised in South Sacramento, CA. The first genre of music he ever heard was old Tongan folk music from his parents. He also grew up listening to R&B, Old School, and Soft Rock music–even before Reggae music. Whatever was on the radio, they listened to it. “We didn’t have any money for music tapes or CDs. We only had the radio so we listened to artists like The Jets, Boyz II Men, Jodeci and Sade just to name a few.” It wasn’t until junior high school that he was exposed to Reggae music through church dances and activities.
Finn admits, “It wasn’t until after high school that I finally sang in public. The only person that really knew about me singing before that was Kalani [Hafoka].” Not only did Finn start to develop his musical talents vocally, but lyrically as well. “Writing music, at first, was so bubblegum,” he laughingly recalls. “Most of my songs had those ‘You’re so fine/I wanna make you mine’ kind of lines [laughs]. I was young. I had to start somewhere.” Finn’s singing got a lot of positive feedback from family and friends. They encouraged him to take a chance and go down the musical path and he did just that. Songs such as “Wind Yo Body”, “I’m the One”, “Tell Me How You Feel” came out and created such a buzz on the West Coast. The music was definitely R&B-based but also infused Reggae beats that immediately caught the attention of the Polynesian community. Adding Finn’s smooth R&B vocals made the fellas groove and the ladies swoon. Requests started coming in for Finn to perform his hit songs at various venues and functions. “I just had fun with it,” said Finn. “I was young and enjoyed going to all these places to sing and perform.” Sites such as MySpace and YouTube helped Finn and his music extend beyond the U.S. and go international. - facebook.com/finnthegroovah