Rotorua's Kalah Bar will host a member of one the world's best known hip hop groups this week.

Layzie Bone from Bone Thugs n Harmony will take the stage at the Ngongotaha bar this Thursday night.

Kalah bar owner Janina Khan said this would be the highest profile artist that had taken their stage.

"It's hard to believe that he is actually going to be playing in our bar, in little ole Ngongotaha," she said.


"A nearly seven year track record has proven that more artists, not just reggae (respectively), want to tour through our bar and were up for the challenge. Growing up listening to Bone thugs, and now Layzie's going to be taking our stage on Thursday night - it's such an overwhelming feeling."

This is Layzie Bone's first solo tour to New Zealand and will include four shows in Timaru, Rotorua, Wellington, and Christchurch.

Layzie Bone a.k.a Steven Howse is best known primarily for being a member of the group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and also has gone by the names L-Burna and The #1 Assassin.

He is the younger brother of fellow group member Flesh-N-Bone and cousin of group member Wish Bone. He is also a member of the rap group Bone Brothers and CEO of the record label Harmony Howse Entertainment.

The group formed the band B.O.N.E. Enterpri$e where they worked with rap legend and N.W.A member, Eazy-E.

Diego Blak, a marketer and promoter, introduced them to Eazy-E at a concert he promoted in Cleveland, Ohio where they auditioned for him in his dressing room and then traveled back to Los Angeles after the show to seal the deal.

At this point Eazy named them Thugs-n-Harmony but insisting on keeping the Bone name became Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Layzie released his first solo album Thug By Nature in 2001.

He has had collaborative albums with Young Noble from The Outlawz and A.K. of Do or Die, solo albums out such as It's Not A Game, The New Revolution, Cleveland, Startin' from Scratch: How A Thug Was Born, and the upcoming solo album to be announced Ruthless.

He has had a series of albums with Bizzy Bone; Still Creepin On Ah Come Up and under the name Bone Brothers entitled: Bone Brothers, Bone Brothers 2, Bone Brothers 3.

General admission tickets are available from Kalah bar for $45.50 and VIP tickets online at dash tickets. Layzie bone is also travelling with Felicia who is part of the Mo Thugs family.