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January 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST$15
Donné Roberts is a passionate performer. When he hits the stage he carries with him an energy that immediately exhilarates the crowd even if they’ve never heard his music before.
Donné performs mainly in Malagasy his mother tongue from his birthplace of Madagascar. Yet this never proves to be a barrier to the audience, providing living proof that music truly does transcend language.
Donné came to wider recognition after he released his albums “Rhythm Was Born” and “Internation” and for his contribution as one of the members of the African Guitar Summit project, which won a JUNO in 2005 and was nominated for another one in 2007 as member of Okavango The African Orchestra that won a JUNO Award in 2017.
Donné was raised and educated in Moscow, Russia and now lives in Toronto. In Moscow, he was the first black VJ on MTV Russia. Sang backup vocal for Ace of Bace (Sweedish pop band) Touring Canada, he introduces his music to new fans that might be unfamiliar with the kinds of rhythms his music conveys and his fusion of seemingly dissimilar sounds.
Written by David Dacks – Exclaim.ca
His Malagasy Soul approach starts with Malagasy’s salegy, then blends Central African bass lines and Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar strokes into a unique pop-friendly blend. “Malahelo” starts with a near-bossa melody before breaking into a gentle but pulsating acoustic guitar driven soukous groove.
Written by Paul Lamoureux – Producer, Musical Director, and Saxophonist.
The real beauty of Donné’s music is that you don’t have to know anything about music to enjoy it.
The grooves are so buoyant, the harmonies so approachable, and the messages so universal that all you have to do is close your eyes and let yourself be moved.