Donné came to wider recognition after he released his first album “Rhythm Was Born” 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.
Donné Roberts was born in Madagascar, raised and educated in Moscow, Russia and now lives in Toronto. In Moscow, he was the first black VJ on MTV Russia. Touring Canada, he introduces his music to new fans who might be unfamiliar with the kinds of rhythms his music conveys and his fusion of seemingly dissimilar sounds.
For his new record INTERNATION, Donné Roberts immerses himself in Egyptian, Nigerian, North American Aboriginal, Japanese, Russian and Celtic music. With friends and collaborators, he makes something entirely original and uniquely Canadian that is imbued with a Donné Roberts sound. On this new album, the language combinations melt with his musical compositions to great effect. Though the songs were created for this project they have a way of sounding familiar and new at the same time.
Collaboration on his new album “INTERNATION” included musicians who are well loved and respected in their own recording and performing projects: Maryem Tollar, Jani Lauzon, David Woodhead, Drew Jurecka, Sonia Aimy, Rich Howse aka I-Sax, Walter Maclean and The Great Bob Scott.