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Mama Doni- The Funky Gold Menorah
Off of the newly released album, "Chanukah Fever", Mama Doni brings a kid-friendly hip-hop dance tune about a super cool Judaica sensation in this music video, "The Funky Gold Menorah".
Winner of the 2008 Simcha Award at the Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, Mama Doni is a favorite of hip kids and their even hipper parents and grandparents. The talented and attractive Mama Doni writes all of the melodies and lyrics that she and her band perform.
Doni Zasloff Thomas (Aka Mama Doni) offers her own special brand of funky music with a Jewish twist. The popular singer/songwriter and performer breaks the mold of traditional Jewish kids music. She brings an original, contagious and unexpected blend of reggae, rock, folk, country, klezmer and Jewgrass to her albums-- all woven together with Yiddish lingo and a hip Jewish sensibility. Recognized in The New York Times, New York Post, The Star-Ledger, The Record, Time Out New York Kids, New Jersey Jewish News, The Jewish Week, and Jewish Woman International Magazine, Mama Doni is delighting families throughout the country.
Her debut album, I Love Herring (& Other Fish Shticks for Kids) was released to immediate acclaim. Mama Doni is reaching kids and families both nationally and internationally though her CDs, live concerts, and music videos. She is about to release her new Chanukah Album, Chanukah Fever, an eclectic mix of "Macca-beats", and a brand new Chanukah music video in November!
Doni is a talented and hip mother of two young children, who has been immersed in Jewish life and music since she was a little girl. She went to Jewish Day Schools and then to Brandeis University and NYU where she earned a degree in Educational Theatre. As a high school and college student she was a Hebrew school teacher, and a drama and dance teacher at numerous camps. She went on to have a career in Children's Marketing, and was Creative Director for a children's media company for over 7 years. When her daughter and son's preschool asked her to take the position as their music teacher last year, she readily agreed and the creative juices started flowing. She wanted to share her love of Jewish culture with the school kids in a fun and cool way so she started writing and recording her own songs, and that's how the album "I Love Herring" came to be. The album was just released to the public in May 2008.
Mama Doni wrote all of the melodies and lyrics, and Crunkle Domer (Adam Nelson) produced the music with drum machines, synthesizers, samplers and live instruments, putting a pop-savvy twist on traditional kids/family music. Doni and Crunkle recorded and worked in Doni's kitchen in Montclair, New Jersey, as well as in Crunkle Domer's recording studio in Brooklyn, New York.
Mama Doni hopes that her music will bring some Jewish flavor into the lives of people everywhere. She feels passionate about preserving the precious Yiddish and Jewish spirit by conveying it with a contemporary vibe everyone can relate to. If, thanks to her songs, people start using the word "shvitzin'" for the very first time on a hot summer day, Mama Doni will know she has been a success!