Dachee & Culturally One
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Dachee & Culturally One

Maplewood, New Jersey, United States

Maplewood, New Jersey, United States
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Reggae musician Dachee and his band Culturally One, will sample some tastes from home, Trinidad, during their stay in Norfolk. They're slated to perform tonight at Harbor Park as part of CaribFest. Dachee and his reggae band, Culturally One, will be well fed when they take stage at Caribfest tonight in Harbor Park.

Charles Balthazar, Dachee's cousin, planned to treat the entire band to a Trinidad-style breakfast this morning at his Norfolk home.

Dachee also known as David Achee is a singer/ songwriter/ drummer who melds hip-hop, reggae, R&B and Soca( a modernized version of calypso) into a unique sound that's as much Trinidad as the fried bakes and buljol on the breakfast menu.

Bakes are bits of fried sweet dough, dusted with cinnamon. Buljol is salt cod, prepared with tomatoes, onion, peppers and seasonings.

The cousins and most of the band are natives of Trinidad, a Caribbean island that, together with nearby Tobago, has a population of a little more than 1 million.

Although Dacee, who lives in New Jersey, has visited here often, this is the band's first trip to Hampton Roads.

"We call David 'Pa,' not because he's the oldest, but because he's the smartest musically," Balthazar won't be sitting in with the group tonight. He'll be manning a camera, hoping to capture the carnival mood as well as Dahee's performance. - BEACON THE VIRGINIA PILOT


Reggae musician Dachee and his band Culturally One, will sample some tastes from home, Trinidad, during their stay in Norfolk. They're slated to perform tonight at Harbor Park as part of CaribFest. Dachee and his reggae band, Culturally One, will be well fed when they take stage at Caribfest tonight in Harbor Park.

Charles Balthazar, Dachee's cousin, planned to treat the entire band to a Trinidad-style breakfast this morning at his Norfolk home.

Dachee also known as David Achee is a singer/ songwriter/ drummer who melds hip-hop, reggae, R&B and Soca( a modernized version of calypso) into a unique sound that's as much Trinidad as the fried bakes and buljol on the breakfast menu.

Bakes are bits of fried sweet dough, dusted with cinnamon. Buljol is salt cod, prepared with tomatoes, onion, peppers and seasonings.

The cousins and most of the band are natives of Trinidad, a Caribbean island that, together with nearby Tobago, has a population of a little more than 1 million.

Although Dacee, who lives in New Jersey, has visited here often, this is the band's first trip to Hampton Roads.

"We call David 'Pa,' not because he's the oldest, but because he's the smartest musically," Balthazar won't be sitting in with the group tonight. He'll be manning a camera, hoping to capture the carnival mood as well as Dahee's performance. - BEACON THE VIRGINIA PILOT


Discography

Album:

Flight

Includes the cuts:

Hail Jah For Life
Bullitz
Love 4 U
Happy
That Kinda Girl
Turn Me On
Jah Rebels
Jail No Paradise
Soldiers
Gun Down
Slow Wind
Thing So Hot
Jah Jah
Play All

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Everything arises from the drums. The pulse, the drive, beating in rhythmic concert with the heart of a true musician, lyricist, and recording artist Dachee.
It was the sound of the drums in his native Trinidad and Tobago that echoed his musical calling. One of eight siblings, Dachee learned the African drums first from his eldest brothers. Honing his musical skills in high school, Dachee became proficient in the percussion instruments at an early age the bongos, congas, timbales, djembe, djun djun, tambourine, chimes, and steel pan.
He joined the Repertory Dance Company of Trinidad and Tobago and began performing at the tender age of 14.

The call of the drum led him to performances with the Repertory Dance Company touring major cities. U.S. California, Mexico, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C. and a different type of island, the Metropolis -- New York City The Big Apple. The tour to NYC was instrumental in his decision to make New York his home in pursuance of his musical career.

Having played with some of the top bands in his native land of Trinidad and Tobago, such as Fireflight, he began his career as a lyricist, penning melody and bass lines for his first record, Getting in the Grove.

Soon after, he formed his own soca band Axxis. That historic Carnival, he was scouted by songwriter/producer Keith Diamond who suggested that Dachee and the band journey to the United States. That period in the U.S. for Axxis was a learning experience recording and familirising themselves with the industry under the tutelage of Countryman Keith Diamond. Although Axxis disbanded, it provided a stepping stone for Dachee to continue working. His apprenticeship with Diamond continued for seven years learning the elements of the studio recording, engineering. Mixing hip-hop, reggae and R&B. Achee developed his song writing and production skills, inclusive of the new technology, music using Macintosh.
Time and Twine the journey continues Dachee under the influence of the boom-thump-whack of the drums in his heart; he continues to write and pursue the rhythm of life daily.
His repertoire includes a wide range of activities. Touring with the Village Drums of Freedom as a lead drummer to performing lead singer with a band at a benefit at the Museum of Natural History in New York City, with personal performance highlights which include: Reggae Carifest a nonstop musical celebration showcasing the West Indian Music Genres best recording artists, cuisine, arts & crafts; Tribeca Film Festival founded by Robert De Niro to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center where he performed for Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He also, performed in concert at South Oxford Space in Brooklyn with recording artist Yolanda Wyns.

Dachees passion for the drums can be enjoyed on his most recent project, Flight, which blends R&B, hip-hop, soca and reggae. Dachee s Baby, in this project hes writer, producer, singer on ninety percent of the album.
Lyrically, Dachee seeks to engage the listener with a message while he entertains. Jah Rebels which features the rap stylings of Bless, booms with a heavy bass beat but calls out to rebels with a righteous cause. Ting So Hot and That Kinda of Girl both boast irrepressible dance beats and entertaining lyrics that get people on their feet moving to the beat. Play All tickles the ear with a calypso-styled instrumental set.

My lyrical inspiration comes from divine influence and from current events. Says Dachee When I write a love song, Im talking about the agape (unconditional) love. When I write about hunger, its because Ive had hungry days.
After working at the World Trade Center and surviving the attacks on 9/11, Achee writes with precision, with a greater sense of urgency. His lyrics herald compassion for the oppressed and disadvantaged in society.

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