Nelson Akawui Riquelme Catalan is a singer-songwriter of Quebec and Chilean origin. His father, Nelson Fernando Riquelme Pincheira, introduced him to South American folk music at the age of three years old. From then on, he spent his childhood busking in the streets of Montreal and Vancouver with his father`s band, playing Andean music. These experiences along with his deep connection with his Amerindian- Chilean heritage have inspired Akawui`s unique musical blend.  He is passionate about creating connections between Indigenous people internationally and has been a member of the first nations drum group RedTail Spirits Singers since 2014.