Asha D & Artikal Band

Singer, Riddimmaker & Reggae Band


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Asha D is a founding member of the ARTIKAL MUSIC label and of one of the most experienced backing band, ARTIKAL BAND.

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Asha D

Asha D grew up in a world steeped in music, and it was in 1992 that he took the stage for the first time as a drummer. He is a founding member of the Artikal Music label and one of the most experienced backing bands: Artikal Band, with which he has accompanied many Jamaican artists (Sister Carol, Natural Black, The Heptones, Ras Shiloh, Jah Mali, Rod Taylor, Queen Omega), and “hexagonal” (Tiwony, Straika D, Lyricson, Baby G, MC Janik, Netna, Vybrate, Makajah, Kousi) including, in particular, Yaniss Odua with whom he has been playing since 2010. As a singer, he tackles all themes but remains mainly a “Conscious” artist. Asha D is also the producer and director of the Artikal Music label, for which he produced tracks with Sizzla, Mikal Roze, The Congos, Yaniss Odua, Tiwony, Marck Cupidore, as well as many other artists. Asha D & Artikal Band is his latest project, with the first single, “Thanks & Praises,” released on October 21, 2022.


Artikal band is a reggae backing band. Formed in 1995 in Montpellier, France, the Artikal band has already come a long way. The group has been able to forge its experience through unexpected artistic encounters, keeping one and the same objective over the years: always aiming higher! However, one thing remains to be emphasized, the hallmark of the Artikal Band: Efficiency, simplicity, respect, and sharing! And time has not altered these essential values in life or on stage.

In 2016, the band made up of five musicians, celebrated its 20th anniversary: Back on a journey as atypical as it is remarkable, at the heart of the world of Reggae music! Fan of Reggae and the atmosphere of Sound Systems, the Artikal Band made its debut in front of the small screen as an observer.

At the time, young musicians watched Reggae Sunsplash VHS tapes with backing bands such as Sagittarius Band, which accompanied the artists for hours on end. This is the start of a great adventure.

The band then began to work with local artists, Kousi, Netna, and Vybrate, to name a few. Then the meetings followed the productions, with national artists (Tiwony, Straika D, Esy Kennenga) and Jamaicans (Sister Carol, Jah Mali, Ras Shiloh, The Heptones; the list is long!), bearers of the whole Reggae tradition.

Jah Sound, Jamaican Sunrise, Rototom, Summerjam, international tours, and festivals with the big names in Reggae known and recognized for their talent, the group is making a name for itself in the industry.


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