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Donald Washington

K' Naan
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A native of Columbus, Ohio, Doni Washington’s career continues to accelerate upward, with his great reputation continuing to establish him as a highly sought-after artist across the global music scene. A multi-instrumentalist, producer, writer, singer, and arranger, Doni is most widely known for his tight grooves and unique and innovative ability to play both drums and keyboards simultaneously with fast-rising Somali-Canadian hip-hop superstar K’naan. In addition to touring the world with K’naan, Doni has worked with some of music’s most diverse and influential artist from across the globe including Julie Dexter, Wicked Wisdom, N’dea Davenport, Foley (Miles Davis), HHP, Kim Hill, Trina Trine, Roy Hargrove, and Nelson Rangell.

Doni states emphatically that he was “called” to the drums from a higher power at the tender age of 3. By the age of 6, Doni had recorded his first professional LP with his church choir. After a few years sneaking into jazz gigs with local jazz and blues giants, Doni was recruited by former Miles Davis bassist Foley at age 17 and by 21 had been selected by Jada Pinkett-Smith as the original drummer of her metal band Wicked Wisdom. Doni continues to tour with K’naan where he is also the musical director and alongside his older sibling and jazz/gospel organ phenom Trina Trine, all while building his growing list of credits as a writer, producer, and artist. Doni feels that his experiences as a professional on bass, guitar, keyboards, and drums alongside his ever increasing knowledge of all styles from metal to jazz to classical are the main ingredients to his versatile and forward-thinking approach to the drumset.

Doni proudly endorses Taye Drums, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Drumnetics Co. pedals.