Demi Dabady, singer/songwriter and artist was born and raised in Brooklyn N.Y. to parents of Haitian descent.
Demi has been writing songs since the age of 15. Demi is truly a New Yorker, purpose driven-aware-artistic. In the summer of 2004, New York-based Radio Station Hot 97.1 blasted Demi’s Collaborated song with Def Jam recording artist (at the time) Joe Buddens entitled “Jingle Baby”. Demi’s other collaborated work includes the soundtrack to the movie “Fat Albert ” where once again Demi collaborated with Def Jam recording artist Joe Buddens.
Demi is a proud member of the Haitian Round Table Organization and has been awarded a 2018 NYC City Council Citation on behalf of Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and a 2021 NYC City Council Citation on behalf of Council Member Adrienne Adams in collaboration with NYC Hussle Awards directed by Sassie Sa Entertainment. Demi is currently focusing on her music and podcast, “Hustlers + Hermits”.
We caught up with Demi to discuss her involvement with the organization 1WorldFestGlobal and being a part of their official theme song “One Love/1World”
The Knockturnal: How did you get involved with 1WorldFestGlobal/ICBP project?
Demi Dabady: I got involved with 1worldfestglobal/ICBP through my relationship with Kamell and our collective community work which is how we met, remained in touch, and ultimately collaborated on this project.
The Knockturnal: How do you practice the message of One Love and 1 World in your daily life?
Demi Dabady: As an educator and entertainer, I practice that message daily ensuring that I see the value in others and their personal life journey. Ultimately, we are one and our differences are what enhance our uniqueness.
The Knockturnal: Can you describe a time when you were affected by prejudice, discrimination, and/or racism?
Demi Dabady: Growing up in Brooklyn NY to parents who were born and raised in Haiti was an experience all within itself. English was my parent’s second language and although we lived in a densely populated West Indian community we still experienced discrimination while being Haitian. I remember being teased for being Haitian and also being aware that my parents had accents and figuring out their way while raising their children. However, I take pride in their work ethic, consistency, and how they raised us. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Knockturnal: Do you think music nowadays still publishes meaningful messages?
Demi Dabady: I believe music adapts and changes with the times and the generation that is ushering itself in. However, music today has lost sight of our collective vision and that is a fair and just society for ALL.
The Knockturnal: What changes in our society would you like to see over the next 10 years? What do you think we can all be better at?
Demi Dabady: Changes I’d like to see are a valuable and equitable education for all despite your socioeconomic status. I’d like to see a healthcare system that values the lives of minorities and black women. I’d like housing to be affordable so that families can focus on raising their children without wondering where they will sleep at night. I’d like to see a judicial system that protects, respects, and preserves the lives of all citizens. As a society, we can be better about recognizing that we the people ultimately have the power to change what we desire to see changed!