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D-ACHEE

D-Achee is a musical force like none other. His music elevates listeners to a place where the heart is uplifted and the body is persuaded to move along with the rhythmic beats derived from the drum. In D-Achee’s music, everything originates from the drum; it’s the pulse; the drive beating in the heart of this talented musician, lyricist and recording artist.

D-Achee’s masterful artistry of the drums is accredited to his upbringing in Trinidad and Tobago. One of eight children, D-Achee first learned the African drums from his eldest brother. He continued to hone his skills and became proficient in a number of percussion instruments; including bongos, congas, timbales, djembe, djun, djun, tambourine, chimes and steel pan. At the age of 14, D-Achee joined The Astor Johnson Repertory Dance Company of Trinidad and Tobago and toured in top markets such as California, Mexico, Washington D.C. and New York City. This tour was life changing for D-Achee as it was the catalyst that led him to pursue making his music his life.

In constant pursuit of his dream, D-Achee surrounded himself with music, playing with Fireflight, one of the top bands in Trinidad and Tobago. He was with Fireflight when he wrote the lyrics, melody and bass line for his first record, “Getting in the Grove.” Soon after, D-Achee formed his own band called Axxis. While performing at Carnival in Trinidad, one of the largest annual events in all of the Caribbean, he was discovered by songwriter/producer Keith Diamond. Diamond suggested that D-Achee and his band come to the US. Diamond took D-Achee under his wing and taught him the elements of the studio. Mixing Hip-Hop, Reggae and R&B, D-Achee learned musical engineering, while developing his song writing and production skills.

D-Achee’s performances range from touring with the Village Drums of Freedom as the lead drummer, to performing as the lead singer for a benefit at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. D-Achee has also recorded and performed with musician Etienne Charles, both as percussionist and vocalist. Additional performances include:

• LitWorld Gala, a non-profit organization that advocates for literacy as a world-wide human right
• Reggae Carifest, a day-long musical celebration showcasing some of the best recording artists and culture of the West Indies
• The Tribeca Film Festival, where he performed for Archbishop Desmond Tutu
• Gypsy Groovz Orchestra Band, a highly ranked competition on Songlines/BBC for world music band comprising of 120 musicians from 15 countries to play together; D-Achee was the lead percussionist

D-Achee can be heard on the following recordings:
• Debut album, Flight (2007); Creole Soul CD (2013); Night Train for Lovers and Thieves CD (2009); Folklore CD (2009)

D-Achee believes in the transformative power of music and has focused his efforts in enriching the lives of youth both nationally and internationally. He has conducted percussion workshops at Blackman's Private School, Port-of-Spain and Newtown Boys' R.C. School, Saint George in Trinidad & Tobago as well as Seth Boyden Demonstration School in Maplewood, New Jersey.

D-Achee is a consummate professional who brings both energy and passion to every aspect of his craft. Bring D-Achee to any project to transport audiences to the greatest heights of Caribbean rhythm and spirit - all attributed to the D-Achee beat.

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