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Background information
Alejandro Salazar
Alejandro Chal
Born Peru
Labels GAZI World
Website Official website

Alejandro Chal (better known by his stage name A.CHAL)[1][2] is a Peruvian R&B singer-songwriter and producer.[3][4] He released his first EP, Ballroom Riots, in 2013.[4][5] His debut studio album, Welcome to GAZI, was self-released in June 2016.[4][6] Chal's single, "Round Whippin'," was premiered by Zane Lowe in 2015.[5][6] Chal has performed at the Day N Nite Fest.[1][2][4]Pigeons & Planes named him one of the best new artists in 2015.[7]

Early life

Chal was born in Peru and lived there for 4 years before his family moved to Queens, New York. His mother was from rural northern Peru while his father grew up closer to large Peruvian cities.[3] Chal began rapping at age 12 and started making beats with a friend at the Boys & Girls Club soon after.[5] In 2010, Chal moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a songwriter and producer.[1]


Chal released his debut EP, Ballroom Riots, in 2013. The album found some success, which Chal parlayed into a publishing deal with Sony ATV.[1][3] Chal then spent two years out of the public spotlight before beginning to release a variety of singles in 2015.[1][5] One of those singles, "Round Whippin'," was debuted online on The Fader and then followed up with a world premiere on Zane Lowe's Beats1 channel and supported on OVO Sound Radio.[5][6][8] As a result of this publicity, Chal was named one of Pigeons & Planes best new artists of 2015.[7] He also performed at the Interview Magazine event during Coachella that year.[1][2]

In February 2015, he released the single, "GAZI," which he co-produced with Count Justice.[1] In September 2015, Chal released another a single, "Vibe W/U," which was first publicized by A$AP Rocky on Twitter.[5][6][8] In 2016, Chal performed at the Day N Nite Fest.[4] He also released a few more singles before self-releasing his debut studio album entitled, Welcome to GAZI, in June 2016.[3][6] He has since premiered the official music video for "Round Whippin'" with Complex.com[9] and been featured on tracks by Ro James,[10] Stwo,[11] and Tess.[12]

Musical style

A.CHAL's music generally fits into the hip hop and R&B genres. USA Today has described his music as falling somewhere "in the negative space between Hip-Hop, R&B, chillwave, and pop music."[8] Chal himself has described his music's genre as "soul."[3] His sound has been characterized as "sedated," "hazy," and "almost-psychedelic," as well.[1][7][13]Remezcla has called Chal's voice "sultry, sparse, and desperate."[1]

Lyrically, Chal largely discusses anecdotal experiences. Writing about his 2016 album Welcome to GAZI, Jules Muir of Pigeons & Planes noted that Chal attempts to cut "to the core of many of society's ills and triumphs by tapping into a deep well of personal experiences and anecdotes."[5]


Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Rap
Welcome to GAZI
  • Release: June 3, 2016
  • Label: GAZI World/Empire
  • Format: Digital download, Stream
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  • Release: June 2, 2017
  • Label: GAZI World/Empire
  • Format: Digital download, Stream
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  • Ballroom Riots (2013)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Montano, Zoe (10 July 2015). "Meet A.Chal, the Sultry R&B Singer You Won't Be Able to Get Out of Your Head". Remezcla. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Williams, Megan (3 June 2015). "Meet A.CHAL: LA's Rising Star". Idol Magazine. Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Krastz, Roger (28 September 2016). "A.Chal Has His Sights Set on World Domination". XXL. Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Seabrook III, Robby (13 September 2016). "Welcome to A.CHAL's Changing World". Noisey. Retrieved 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Muir, Jules (17 August 2016). "A.CHAL on the Afterlife, Equality, and Reaching GAZI Level". Pigeons & Planes. Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "A.CHAL Drops Regretful but Cathartic "Far From Home"". Noisey. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "Best New Artists of 2015". Pigeons & Planes. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c Peters, Micah; Scott, Nate (16 October 2015). "The 10 best songs of the week". USA Today. Retrieved 2016. 
  9. ^ Mench, Chris (10 August 2016). "Premiere: A.CHAL Shares the Dreamy Video for "Round Whippin'"". Complex. Retrieved 2016. 
  10. ^ Kellman, Andy (2016). "Eldorado - Ro James - AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016. 
  11. ^ Wilson, Zanda (21 June 2016). "Hear A.CHAL Vibin On Stwo's New Cut 'Out At Night'". The Interns. Retrieved 2016. 
  12. ^ "Tess - Endlessly (Ft. A. CHAL)". Fashionably Early. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ Montes, Patrick (23 June 2015). "A.Chal - Round Whippin". HypeBeast. Retrieved 2016. 

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