As a boy growing up in the village of Mankon in Bamenda, Cameroon, Achu Normad, born Ndifor Achu on 04/10/1988, always could feel his heartbeat synchronizing with the drum beats played by the village dance groups around him.
Being the son of a guitarist, He soon picked up the guitar and started playing to these African rhythms.
Soon after, Jazz music caught his attention and he was engulfed in the harmonic minor swing feel. He started experimenting by combining the African rhythm guitar playing style with Latin chops and a dash of jazz.
All these, coupled with his soulful sounding voice, have enabled him to be able to tell his story to the world.
In the Fall of 2014, He immigrated to the United States, where he was finally able to put into motion what he had been grooming.
He will go on to create a band in Lexington Kentucky where he worked on blending the West African rhythms of Makossa and Bikutsi with Cuban Jazz and soulful singing.
Two years after, his resulting blend of Afro-Cuban Jazz and World Music is ready to be served in his debut album “Alieh” released under His record label Akumba Music
The Album Alieh by Achu Normad is on iTunes, Amazon
Achu Normad currently resides in Kentucky, United States and he tours the United States and Europe, thrilling fans in Festivals and concerts with his Unique blend of Afro World Music.
Achu Normad perform alone or in Quartet :
Achu Normad - Vocals and Guitar
Tosin Aribisala - Drums
Joe Moulium - Bass
Brian Falkowski - Sax