Guitarist and singer-songwriter Donné Roberts was born in Madagascar. Now based in Toronto, Canada, he’s earned a matchless reputation for the excellence of his musicianship, strong message, catchy melodic compositions, the excitement and high energy of his live shows.
Donné Roberts raised and educated in the USSR (Russia), speaks and sings in Malagasy, Russian, French and English.
From touring as a backup singer for Ace of Base (Swedish pop group) 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 of Madagascar as a boy.
He first came to wider recognition in his adopted home of Canada with the release of three albums: Rhythm Was Born, Internation, OYA and for his contribution to Juno Award winning projects African Guitar Summit and Okavango African Orchestra. Also, his performance at Live Aid in 2005 in Barrie and other major festvials such as Montreal Jazz Festival, Edmonton Folk Festival and other festivals. His success led to CBC Radio asking him to compose the theme song for their popular morning show Fresh Air, which still runs today.