With his unique finger style and soulful earthy vocals, Dean Haitani draws inspiration from blues & roots music, and his love of funk and old school R&B rhythms. An accomplished guitarist/singer/songwriter, over the last 28 years Dean has toured the US, UK, NZ & Europe. His unique sound comes from his experimentation with the technical and his ability to cross many musical genres.

Dean has honed the craft of both acoustic & electric guitar and his dynamic live performance comprises of foot percussion, a variety of guitars (running octave, delay, distortion, phaser & wah effects) vocals & harmonica. Dean is currently touring promoting his 15th studio album “Red Dust. Recorded and produced by Nicky Bomba and Robin Mai (Black Sorrows etc). It reached #1 on the ABARAC Charts.

Over the course of more than 30 years, dean has evolved, developed, and challenge himself as a musician. Stylistically, Dean’s music is Roots Music – a melting pot of funky rhythms, jazzy influenced progressions, folk subtleties, country flavours & blues grit. Dean’s band shows range from raw 3 piece to full band(Keys, backup vocals, horn sections, Cello & the list goes on). His music is contemporary, forever pushing the musical envelope, his stories are from his heart & mind with compassion for humanity. “I always try to look at the world in a positive way with all its marvels & flaws”.

Event Info

When: Friday 3 March, Tuesday 7 March and Monday 13 March

Where: Enlighten Illuminations Festival Hub – Main Stage

Enlighten Illuminations Festival Hub