Ron Hardy aka Tarumbae- Timbales, Congas, Percussion and Vocals
Certainly not an arm chair philospher, Ron brings an abundance of real world experience to his music and lyrics. In 1986, He released his first 12” single while living in San Francisco, CA . He was performing as Tarumbae and the Rydim Rockers during that era. . He shook up the reggae world with his brand of funky reggae. His music has received positive reviews thoughout the years from Doug Wendt (The Beat), |Jonathan E. (W.A.R.D. Report), Beverley Mire(Gavin Report) and Chuck Foster(The World Beat).He is an original member of both "Galaxy" and "The Fillmotions" hailing from San Francisco. His fluid style of playing percussion can be heard of the early eighties recordings of both groups. Ron is noted in the National Hip/Hop Archives as one of the founders of the "The Deep" magazine which was the first free hip/hop magazine in the Bay Area in 1987. In 1991, Ron also hosted "The City Under Seize Ragga Muffin" radio show on KPOO 89.5 in San Francisco. He lived in Finland from 1992 through 1996 where he continued his musical journey. He performed with the reggae band Saganor for 4 years along side Mike Thomas formerly of the Mighty Pyramids of Jamaica. During that time, he released “ Book Three Synthesis” with a young Finnish band named "No Explanation" which featured Ron's writing and producing skills. The group received national rotation air play in Finland.
Since returing to Shreveport, LA, he has won several regional awards for his contribution to music and the arts here in Northwest Louisiana. They are the "2004 Shreveport Regional Arts Council Music Fellowship Award, as well as the 2006 Multi-Media Fellowship Award. Ron is a voting member of the Recording Academy and has been a member of BMI since 1986. Ron has used his musical talent and expertise to inspire as well as teach under served urban youth the nuts and bolts of the music industry through his program “ The Urban Music Workshop” sponsored by the arts organization he founded in 1997 called “Playaz and Playettes, Inc,” which won the “2004 Governor’s Art Award for Outstanding Small Arts Organization in the State of Louisiana”. Ron is a dynamic performer, a seasoned recording artist, songwriter and producer as well as a percussionist extraordinaire.