Raised in Holland percussionist and drummer Aykho Akhrif has played alongside the likes of Bob Dylan and the Gypsy Kings in countries ranging from Cuba to America to most of Europe. Now an Australian resident he is one of the most in demand session drummers in the country playing regularly with James Morrison. Recently he’s been joining DJ Levi 5Star, adding a percussive element to his house sets, locking in a groove that lasts all night long.
He loves to combine his talents, working with different bands, jazz Latin, African, and Flamenco, or a combination of all the above. With a DJ he may use a stand with two congas and hand percussion such as tambourine, cowbell and shakers. He has played at most venues in the Sydney bar and club scene.
Together with Cameron Douglas on drum kit, Aykho form the most formidable rhythm section in the sound system scene with Sydney’s finest, La Fiesta Sound system.
Aykho has been playing percussion for 25 years, there is no one that can rock the conga’s quite like Aykho Akhrif in Australia!