Chachi Carvalho

Artist. Educator. Advocate. Entrepreneur.

Chachi Carvalho, a versatile artist and educator, hails from a lineage rich in musical talent, rooted in the vibrant culture of Cabo Verde. A true Rhode Islander, he has earned acclaim throughout his music career. Vibe magazine recognized him among the best MCs state to state, and he secured victory twice in BET's 106 & Park Wild Out Wednesdays competition.

Notably, Chachi was honored with the 2014 Cape Verdean Music Award for the best hip-hop act. His commitment extends beyond the stage, as he has received awards and commendations for community advocacy from various organizations. A registered artist-educator with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and a touring artist with the New England Federation of Artists, Chachi's involvement also includes roles on the boards of AS220, AS220 Youth program Advisory Council, Pawtucket Arts Festival, and Recycle-A-Bike.

Chachi's dedication to music and education converges at Beatbox Studio in Pawtucket, where he co-owns and has initiated numerous youth mentoring programs. This passion is further evident in his engagements at academic institutions such as Roger Williams University, Trinity College, Providence College, UMASS Boston, and Harvard, where he delivers lecture-performances. Recently, he conducted a Master's Class in Live Performance at Brown University.

An alumnus of Shea High School, where he launched his music career in the '90s and graduated in 1995, Chachi returned to his roots as the School Culture and Community Engagement Coordinator. His ability to reinvent himself as an artist, educator, and community leader is a testament to his continual evolution. Chachi Carvalho's legacy unfolds through musical inspiration and community organization, leaving an indelible mark on the world.

Chachi has found tremendous success through directing his musical pursuits towards his families native land, Cabo Verde. He was able to re-energize his music career and find many opportunities to travel and perform in Cape Verde and throughout the diaspora. Through engagement with artists, producers and promoters in Cape Verde, Chachi was able to take advantage of the Cape Verdean festival circuit that hosts roughly 60 music festivals annually between the 10 islands of this beautiful and culturally rich island nation.