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Tchiya Amet

Country of origin:


Type of music generally:

Funny, reggae-tinged pop


Most recent release, Celestial Folk Music (2012)

See also:

Tchiya Amet's site

CDBaby's Tchiya Amet page


Not sure anyone else is doing music like this.

Covers/own material:


General comments:

Her press calls this roots reggae, but the sound is much softer than I'm used to reggae being, almost like a very relaxed soft-pop with driving reggae beats—an intriguing combination. Lovely lively, high vocals. (

Recommended first album:

Black Turtle Island is the only one we've heard


Black Turtle Island

Release info:

2003—Milky Way Records


See website for availability

Ecto priority:


Group members:

Tchiya Amet Vela—lead vocals, backing vocals, keys/organs on 3 tracks

Guest artists:

J.J. "BMX" Richards—lead vocals on 1 track, bass on 2 tracks
Monoah Vela—backing vocals on 1 track
Dwayne Jackson—backing vocals on 1 track, guitars on 6 tracks
Mike Franklin—backing vocals on 1 track, guitars on 7 tracks, keys/organs on 8 tracks
Dwayne Jackson—backing vocals on 1 track, bass on 3 tracks
Mario H. Vela—drums, percussion, sounds
Sidny "Sidoo" Santos—basss on 6 tracks
Toho Saunders—basss on 1 track
Mario Bay Chong—bass on 1 track
Scott "Choctow" Aaron—guitars on 4 tracks
Ed "Loveletter" Elizaise—guitars on 1 track
Christian Fernandez—quatro guitar on 2 tracks
Eugenia Dale—acoustic guitar on 1 track
Steve Hoffman—keys/organs on 1 track
Ras Meli-Melv—sax
Mark Wilson—bartione
Ed McNames—trumpet
Freddy Mendoze—trombone
Albert Garza—sax
Rusty Martin—harp on 1 track

Produced by:

Mario H. Vela and Tchiya Amet Vela


This is an unusual album. Very upbeat, relaxed and yet the reggae beats still give it a driving energy. Amet's vocals are lovely and catchy. (

Thanks to Sophia Gurley for work on this entry

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