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International Culture Reggae Queen
Donna Makeda is definitely a musical force to be reckoned with. She has been working tirelessly since her very first recording “Gun Bust” in 1993. Staying fresh and up to the time, Donna has just released a single entitled “No Love” featuring Roger B. Already on You Tube, the song has been getting rave reviews. 2012 has been a really busy year for Donna, with the highlight being her performance with her Xclusive Dancers in Jamaica for Rastafest, which was staged for the very first time in Jamaica. Donna’s stage act created a lot of excitement amongst the patrons and she was called back to perform even after her act had ended. She has also been working with various producers recently including CG Records and Indie Rootz Records. Her song “Stick Together” (written by Keron Williams) on the “Ladylike Compilation CD” was produced by Indie Rootz Records and released in the summer of 2012. Donna is now set to record a new single on the “Confucius Riddim” also to be produced by Indie Rootz Records and released late 2013. Having worked with CG Records on the Mad Kick Riddim, Donna went on to record another song for CG Records entitled “Badmind” featuring King Ujah on the Controversy Riddim. The “Controversy Riddim Driven” CD was released in 2012 and featured the likes of Rich Kid, Macka Diamond, Kip Rich, Mr. Lexus and a host of other top artists. Previously, in early 2012, Donna’s 3rd album entitled “Almighty Bless Me” was released on ITunes by Street Digital Records, a label which Donna was a part of for about 2 years. The first single released off the album, the title track “Almighty Bless Me” had positive feedback from the general public and entered the Rebel Vibez Top 10 Reggae Chart in Canada. To date, Donna has racked up 21 Reggae Music Awards. She went to Jamaica in December 2010 and did the Mad Kick Riddim Driven Tour with CG Records alongside Beenie Man, Lady Saw, TOK and Macka Diamond among other stars. In 2009, she went on tour to Guyana, South America and did five shows with a slew of other International Guyanese Reggae Recording Artists the likes of Kapa Shanti, Yonnette Hooper, Zebulun De Counseller and Redemption to name a few. Donna was well received by thousands of fans hailing from all parts of the country and was in high demand by the Guyanese Media in general (Guyana Chronicle News, Stabroek News, Sharma TV and GBC radio). She received an Award at the Guyana Artistic Music Awards held December 2008 for “Top Culture Reggae Queen”.
Other singles released are “Don’t you break my Heart” done on the Old Fashion Love Riddim courtesy of Cancer Music and Ras Vibes Records, “Need Some Money” produced by Prince Everald with rhythm courtesy of African Star, this song enjoyed rotation on local radio programs and Galaxie Reggae. Donna also remixed “Need Some Money” with rappers L-Profit and Pyro and released it on You Tube. She released a single in 2007 entitled “Hold On” which was mixed in Kingston Jamaica by the legendary Dr. Marshall of Anchor Studio, rhythm courtesy of Roger B. She also picked up an award from the Toronto International Reggae Music Awards for “Roots & Culture” Album of the Year for her album “Jah Ah De Rulah”. Quite a few of the tracks on this album was produced by Roger B. Greene with songs written by Donna Makeda herself. She performed at the Calgary International Reggae Festival – August 2004, and created quite am impact with the 6000-strong audience with her dynamic and impressive stage show. With the very talented back up dancers ‘The Caribbean Dance Theatre’, she created quite a stir and together they had the audience mesmerized with their stage act. Her performance was referred to as “a storybook’ and “dreamlike” by the viewers, who said that it was the most memorable performance they had ever seen. Donna received the very prestigious Consul General’s Award at the Guyana Awards held in Toronto, Canada in appreciation for her steadfast commitment and service to the Guyanese community; she also walked away with the Female Dancehall DJ of The Year Award at the 20th and final Canadian Reggae Music Awards.
Some of Donna Makeda’s earlier awards include: “Top Reggae Newcomer” in 1993, “Top Reggae Dancehall DJ (female) in 1995, 1996 and 1999 and 2003 and “Top Reggae Music Video (for her video “Jah Great Woman”) in 1995 from the Canadian Reggae Music Awards. An “Arts & Entertainment Award” for her contribution to the Arts from her home country – Guyana in 2000, and an “Artistic Award of Excellence” from the Inter-City Multicultural School of Excellence Reading Club in 2001. At the Bashment Community Appreciation Awards held in April 2011 she received an award for “Top Single” for her single “Almighty Bless Me”. She also received the “Unsung Hero” Award in 2011. Donna has done collaborations with various artists including Prince Everald, Roger B, Negus Morris of the Heptones, Chatta, King Ujah and Fyah Lion. Performing on stage alongside many top artists including Beenie Man, Luciano, Marcia Griffiths, Lutan Fyah, Capleton, Sizzla, Cocoa Tea, Sister Carol, Culture, Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Michael Rose, Lady Saw, Macka Diamond, Cutty Ranks, Yami Bolo, Anthony B, George Nooks and Louie Culture to name a few, Donna has certainly made a name for herself. She has worked on shows/festivals such as Ajax Caribbean Day, Reggae Muskoka, Hamilton Sunfest, Jamaica Day, Rasta Fest, Marcus Garvey Day, The Canadian Reggae Music Awards, The Bashment Community Appreciation Awards, The Toronto Street Festival, Irie Music Festival, Afrikadey in Calgary, To Africa With Love in Barbados, Toronto Street Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival and Caribana on Olympic Island to name a few. Donna has performed extensively in Canada in places like Toronto, Brantford, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal and Calgary, also internationally in Barbados, Guyana, New York. Manhattan and Jamaica. Email; email@example.com