12 Apr 2011

Musician facing court over protest song

8:36 pm on 12 April 2011

Musician Tiki Taane says a protest song he was arrested for performing at the weekend is something he performs often without adverse reaction.

Taane was arrested in early on Sunday during a show in Tauranga and is facing a disorderly behaviour charge.

In a statement posted on the website NZ Musician on Tuesday, Taane says the arrest came while he was performing a song by the American rap group NWA.

The 34-year-old says he often performs the song at his R18 concerts with no trouble at all.

Taane says its unfortunate one police officer became upset with the lyrics he sang. He says it is first offence and he has an excellent rapport with police.

Taane is due to appear in the Tauranga District Court on Friday and says he hopes the matter is resolved positively and soon.