Don Chani
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Don Chani

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | INDIE

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2006
Band World Reggae


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"Live music review: Ziggy Marley turned ACL Live into a reggae palace"

Local Austin Reggae artists, Don Chani opened the show. Don Chani is led by vocalist, Mark Shaddock and guitarist, Erick Bohorquez. Bohorquez is a talented musician who interjects Latin flavors into his music. His playing style flows well with Shaddock's vocals. The energetic frontman soaked his t-shirt with sweat before their opening set ended.

Don Chani headlined Austin Reggae Fest the past two years because of their unique style and entertaining show. They performed admirably in what might have been their most prestigious show to date. We know the band was excited to open for Marley.

You can see Don Chani perform free on Wednesday, May 11 at Flamingo Cantina with longtime Flam Can house band, Mau Mau Chaplains. - The Examiner

"Don Chani live @ La Zona Rosa"

Don Chani was up next. They always put on a great show that makes you want to get out on the floor. For as many moving parts as they have they execute machine like timing. I am an HUGE fan of reggae and dub and these guys have a classic sound that takes me back….way back…the Latin twist gives them a unique sound seldom heard in classic reggae… - Phive Photography

"Austin 360"

Austin360 says.."Groove to the funky reggae flavors of Don Chani and enjoy the positive lyrical messages" - Austin 360

"Don Chani blends different skills, ideas for old-school reggae vibe"

AUSTIN, Texas — Zumbi started as a fan of the music and has now found himself part of the group.
The Austin resident won’t be playing a guitar, jamming on a bass or even shaking a tambourine when Don Chani performs old school reggae at 8 p.m. today at Cunningham’s Journal.
Zumbi, 23, has been hired on as the tour manager for Don Chani, a new outfit from the heart of Texas — maybe not exactly roots country, but still a place with a strong tradition of alternative music.
“It’s a collective of different skills and ideas,” Zumbi said of the group. “I’ve worked with some of these cats. I really just started as a fan of the music, so I’ve seen them develop.”
As tour manager Zumbi is arranging the gigs, supervising the venues and doing the legwork so the band only has to concentrate on the music.
“Right now we’re trying to win people over to our sound,” Zumbi said. “I’d have to say our sound is like a soulful, old reggae band.

"Don Chani calls Flamingo home"

We feel so privileged to have local bands like Don Chani call Flamingo home. Their shows are always so upbeat and full of positive energy...just the kind of thing we like to have rocking our stage. Pulling from many different musical influences but focusing mainly on straight up roots reggae, Don Chani engages the audience with well-written songs and catchy grooves that dare you not to dance or at the very least, tap your toe. - Flamingo Cantina

"Concert review: Sister Carol at the Boiler Room in Denton"

Up next was the Austin band Don Chani, yet another band I'd never heard of but wish I had. I wasn't sure what to expect when the drummer described their sound as "Texas reggae" which could be better labeled "I can't believe it's not Jamaican." I don't know where these guys have been, but they left me wondering from what rough did these young diamonds emanate. The lead singer has the perfect rasta voice: soothing and sweet at times, playful yet lyrical at others. The drummer's curls flipped and flopped around his head as he beat the groove out of his drums, and the keyboardist kept shouting up to the lead singer who would smile, laugh, and shout back. Even the guitar player had ants in his pants, unable to pick a spot between the lead singer and the drum platform. The percussionist stood next to the bass player, giving me a tutorial on how to correctly use almost every percussion instrument I'd ever seen (and some I hadn't). First I thought they might just be a bunch of fun-loving guys who happen to be musicians (as per evidence of the keyboard player's '67 Inch Pianist t-shirt). As I listened to their beautiful three-part harmonies and their soulful lyrics, I realized I had it backwards: This is a group of incredibly talented guys who can afford to have fun on stage because their music is so damn good. Don Chani didn't just play traditional reggae tunes, they played reggae infused with funk, folk, Latin grooves, and calypso.

I was sorry to see Don Chani go, but with openers that incredible I had a feeling the headliner would be yet another step forward. - Laurel Johnston of My Denton Music

"Don't change Don Chani: Good thing they're headlining"

Don Chani is a busy band: for the last two weeks they've been out on the road playing a show every night. They've traveled as far as Madison, Wisconsin, and as close as Galveston, Texas. In the past, they've been regulars at the Austin Reggae Festival as well as played with reggae giants Eek a Mouse and The Skatalites. The first time I saw them was with Sister Carol at The Boiler Room back in December. Don Chani did what so many opening bands should do but don't: they played with the excitement and intensity of a headlining band. It sounds obvious, but so many bands fall short with a safe, technically accurate but not anything spectacular performance. Don Chani is the antithesis of a mediocre opener, and I just had to see what they could do in a headlining spot.

You can always tell if a band is on or not, and these guys have been dead on both times that I've seen them. They had such a good onstage vibe going that there were girls dancing at the front of the stage before they struck the first chord. Once they started, the dance floor was immediately populated by shouting fans unafraid to crowd the stage. How is that possible on a Sunday night? Simply put, Don Chani's music and stellar performance just make you feel good.

Every member is a multi-instrumentalist or vocalist, and they're all so good at everything they play it's hard to tell what their main instruments are. Their collective, increasingly boisterous energy on stage brought the weekend festivity to the Boiler Room on an otherwise average weeknight. Rhythm guitarist Mike Franklin is fascinating to watch: the way he moves across the stage to jam with his various band mates created an interesting sideshow for us to enjoy. Every time he moved to the right, he'd coax a wilder piano line out of keyboardist Matt Jacobs (a solid vocalist and melodica player). When he moved to the left, Erick Bohorquez's guitar riffs would suddenly move into more risque territory with an enthusiastic crescendo. Bassist Nico Sanchez egged them on, playing aggressively funky at times, at other times carrying the weight of the world on his bass. Richly textured reggae rhythms, superbly delivered by drummer Dr. Dubbist (aka Jacob Benenate), are perfectly blended with the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle Latin grooves. Chris Nerren's astonishing array of percussion instruments adds yet another array of unusual colors to their already varied musical palette. His voice fuses in perfect harmony with lead singer/guitarist/dancehall veejay extraordinaire Mark Shaddock and Erick Bohorquez.

Throughout the whole show, I couldn't get over the amount of energy and enthusiasm that Don Chani puts out. There are hardly any breaks between songs: instead, they play these sublime interludes that last just long enough to get you interested. Then, with a sudden tempo change they begin a completely different song, leaving you wanting more. I felt like that the entire show, always wanting to hear how they would transition into a completely different realm in a mere matter of seconds. They play with the poise and assurance of well-seasoned musicians, jumping between genres with ease.

How did such a lineup assemble? Just what are they putting in the water down in Austin? According to their myspace page, Don Chani formed as most bands do: a group of friends with similar tastes got together and started making music. Lead guitarist and vocalist Erick Bohorquez said he and lead vocalist Mark Shaddock met at Greenshores on Lake Austin, calling it "a magical place where we fused reggae with Latin and harmonies of our voices. It sort of grew from there to include other members." Don Chani currently has two CDs available: From the Hilltops and a dub version Dub the Hilltops. Their next two shows are in Austin, but hopefully they'll make it back to Denton sooner rather than later. After all, as the many fans yelled last night "Denton loves you!" - Laurel Johnston

"Don Chani at KUTX"

Don Chani is keeping the “Texas reggae” sound alive in the Live Music Capital.

What exactly is Texas reggae? According to the nine members of Don Chani it’s a classic roots reggae and dub sound interspersed with elements of contemporary latin music. Every member is a vocalist or multi-instrumentalist, allowing for constant enthusiasm and collective energy across the stage during their live performances. Since 2010 Don Chani has released two full length albums, encapsulating listeners with their positive lyrical messages and steady grooves. Over the years they’ve also played alongside iconic artists like The Wailers, Ziggy Marley, Eek a Mouse and others.

- Jack Anderson - Jack Anderson


Still working on that hot first release.



The Austin, Texas band Don Chani blends talented musicians from their community and different styles of music into a wide reaching but cohesive and always heartfelt sound all very much its own. With wide and well executed strokes they cover an array of musical genres with a modern and global edge.

Since its inception it has been a swinging door for many of Austin’s up and coming (and now well known) musicians who have enthusiastically embraced the Don Chani project. In fact, Austin’s latest golden child, Gary Clark Jr’s drummer played a long stint with the band as well as some of Black Joe Lewis’s “Honeybears” before they were touring and playing to audiences of several thousands all over the globe.

As a true talent pool of Austin musicians, Don Chani continues its winning streak. The 9 piece band brings local talent from its home “the live music capital of the world” and shakes it up resulting in a sound that effervesces with energy and harmony. Showcasing lyrical three part harmonies, Chani’s infectious bass grooves, drums and percussion accompanied by a truly talented group of musicians catapult their live shows to a consistent level of energetic movement and smiling wide eyed faces.

Don Chani has supported many great acts like The Wailers, Ziggy Marley, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars, Culture, Pepper, The Expendables, The Skatilites, Luciano, The Meditations, Eek E Mouse, Morgan Heritage, and many more.

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