Sukhdev and Akahdahmah passionately share a joint vision to express freedom, unity, peace, and love through their work with sacred music, quantum healing and Kundalini Yoga. Their love for one another, as well as our mother earth is infectious, and spreads through their music and teachings. Joined together they are the dynamic musical duo called Aykanna.
Their powerful synergy captivates and inspires the listener with a soulful, rhythmic blend of inspirational wisdom and sacred devotional music. In ancient Aramaic text Aykanna translates as the pipeline between heaven and earth, and their music seeks to bring people closer to their divinity. Sukhdev’s earthy, soulful voice, and deeply soothing presence, paired with Akahdahmah’s entrancing shamanic percussion, creates an ethereal musical paradise. Aykanna has released four inspirational albums entitled: Livelight, Mother, Mantra Mala and their current release “ Seeds Of Love”.
Sukhdev was birth named Pauline Drossart in Brussels, Belgium and moved to London when she was 11 years old. After the loss of her mother at the age of 7, an uplifting musical movement in West London fostered Sukhdev Jackson in her early childhood. Curious to discover the music her mother loved, Sukhdev began to collect vinyl records shortly after her mother’s passing. Music legends such as Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Earth Wind and Fire sparked beautiful memories and inspired her young spirit.
Influenced by a wide array of musical genres such as Jazz, 70’s soul and the budding hip hop movement; Sukhdev channeled her creative expression and connection through music and movement. Ambitious yet unable to speak a word of English, she was motivated by a multi-cultural community on the streets of London. Jackson began writing poetry and break dancing with a dance crew on the street corners of Portobello road in Notting Hill at the age of 13. She expresses, “Music and writing became my medicine.”
By the age of 18 her talents had naturally progressed and Jackson landed an EMI record deal with Parlophone Records – the label The Beatles were signed to. She was in a musical category of her own in the mid 1990’s, with a unique poetic fusion of French and English Hip Hop and RnB. She toured the world, appeared on MTV, and was recognized for her unique style by Billboard Magazine. As part of the urban sound of London, she thrived in the creativity and dynamism of rap music, but a chaotic industry devoid of spirituality left her empty and searching for something more.
Sukhdev discovered Kundalini Yoga and meditation upon moving to Los Angeles in the year 2000. After a decade of battling drug addiction, she experienced the healing power of meditation, yoga, and prayer, which changed her life dramatically. Her newfound spiritual path led her to becoming a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher in 2006, when she was also was given the spiritual name Sukhdev – which means the angel of peace. For the past ten years she has had the privilege to study extensively with Yogis, Holistic practitioners, Shamans and the Native people of the Chumash tribe.
Upon finding her life’s purpose, Sukhdev attracted her soul mate and now life partner, Grammy nominated percussionist (with India Arie), and Kundalini Yoga teacher, Akahdahmah. A 5th generation plant and spirit medicine man, inheriting this legacy from his Great, Great Aunt Mamie, a pinewoods plant and spirit medicine woman from Alabama, Akahdahmah uses drumming as “medicine music” for humanity. He explains, “With every beat of my drum, I intend to transmute the pain of the heart into the joy of the soul.” In 1985 he left his premedical studies in New York to discover the true power of our bodies function and its ability to heal. He was especially motivated to restore balance to his aching heart. Akahdahmah journeyed to California where he was introduced to the healing effect of drum meditation and indigenous ceremonies. This led him, in 1994, to study with Max Borisoff a retired Orthopedic Assistant, Digestive Physiology Researcher and founder of the Healing Ministry in Los Angeles, California. Akahdahmah went on to complete a 6-year training in Herbal Formulation and Holistic Counseling, and was ordained as a Healing Minister in 2000. He is currently training in Medical Qigong.
As a husband and wife team, Aykanna has toured and taught all over the world including: Central America, United Kingdom, Belgium, France and Switzerland. Aykanna has performed for thousands at Yoga Festivals and other conscious gatherings including: Sat Nam Fest, Wanderlust, Hanuman Festival, Yoga Journal Conference and the Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration. Sukhdev and Akahdahmah offer a joyous approach to yogic teachings rooted in love and faith. Aykanna’s music is positive and inviting, reaching out beyond the boundaries of Kirtan and New Age music genres and into the hearts of all people.
Sukhdev’s passion is to work specifically with women by leading a transformative online programs and workshops called “Shakti School”, using Ancient teachings of Kundalini Yoga, sacred music, and yoga she guides women on a journey to reclaim their voice, power, and grace by empowering them to reconnect with all aspects of themselves. Sukhdev and Akahdahmah live with their daughter Sahej Rose in Ojai and are working on their latest album “Walking Sky, Dreaming Earth”