Growing up immersed in the traditional practices, customs and stories of Vanuatu, singer-songwriter Tio’s interest in music came from early encounters with the traditional tam tam slit-drum and songs in his Daakaka language. Later, when living in Port Vila, he honed his musical talent as part of the local roots-reggae scene. While his storytelling comes through his spellbinding vocals, he is also a talented multi-instrumentalist, switching between violin, ukulele, guitar, tam tam, djembe and bush bass. Tio is driven by a passion to mix traditional and contemporary beats and styles, while using modern instrumentation and production to paint a story of his experiences living between Vanuatu and Australia. Tio’s debut album Sorousian, released in 2020, received a 5-star review in Songlines magazine, as well as international acclaim and radio play.