Donné Roberts

  • June 25
  • 8:30 pm
  • TD Stage - Festival Village
  • Free

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  • Donné Roberts
  • vocal, guitar
  • David Woodhead
  • bass, vocal
  • Max Senitt
  • drums
  • Ken Yoshioka
  • harmonica
  • Alexander Brown
  • trumpet
  • Celina Carroll
  • back vocal

2 times JUNO Award Winner & 4 times JUNO Award Nominee singer-songwriter, guitarist, music producer, music mentor and guitar teacher.

Donné Roberts most recent album “OYA” released in 2021has been Nominated for JUNO Award Global Music Album of the year 2022.

He was born in Madagascar, now lives in Toronto. From touring as a backup singer for Ace of Base, to a stint as the first black VJ on MTV Russia, Donné has led a prolific and varied artistic life since he left his home country as a boy.
Donné came to wider recognition in Canada after he released his albums “Rhythm Was Born”, “Internation” and “OYA”.
As one of the members of the African Guitar Summit, he previously received a Juno Award in 2005 and was nominated for another one in 2007. Also, as a former original member of Okavango the African Orchestra that won a JUNO Award while Donné was an active member in 2017. Also known as one of the African musicians in Toronto who’s been invited to collaborate and co-write songs with various Canadian musicians such as the Sultans of Strings, Amanda Martinez, Julian Fauth, Taxi Chain and more.

Donné Roberts is a passionate performer, when he hits the stage with his Madagascar solid groove, infused with Afrobeat, Austronesian catchy melodies, and blues guitar riffs, he
exhilarates crowds even if they haven't heard his music before. He performs mainly in Malagasy 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 languages.

His success led to CBC Radio asking him to compose the theme song for their popular morning show Fresh Air, which still runs today. Also, he was invited and co-wrote a theme song with Yukiko Tsutsui (Japanese singer songwriter) for ABS TV & Radio station Japan after his successful tour with Yukiko Tsutsui in Japan in 2018.

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