Tapper Zukie (or Tappa Zukie) (born David Sinclair, 1955, Kingston, Jamaica) is a reggae deejay and producer.
Tapper was the nickname given to him by his grandmother in his youth, while Zukie was a name that came from his friends’ association as a young boy – their gang was called ‘The Zukies’.
In 1973 his mother, concerned with Zukie’s tendency to get into trouble, sent him to England to stay with some relatives. Producer Bunny Lee arranged with the UK-based entrepreneur Larry Lawrence for him to undertake some recording sessions and concerts, opening for U-Roy the day after his arrival in London. Zukie’s first release was the single “Jump & Twist”, produced by Lawrence. Around this time he also recorded material for Clem Bushay, which would later form part of the Man Ah Warrior album, issued in 1973.