MAMA DONI & THE MAMA DONI BAND GO WILD WITH ‘CHANUKAH FEVER’ “FUNKY MUSIC WITH A JEWISH TWIST”
In a spirit of outrageous fun, MAMA DONI & THE MAMA DONI BAND bring their special brand of “funky music with a Jewish twist” to an all-ages family Chanukah show celebrating the release of their new album, Chanukah Fever, at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, NYC.
Doni Zasloff Thomas, a.k.a. Mama Doni, is the lead singer/songwriter of The Mama Doni Band. Doni’s “wacky, Jewish indie-rock band for kids” won the Simcha Award for “Inspiring Joy Through Music,” in competition with more than 100 bands from 15 different countries at the 2008 International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam. Quirky, zany, offbeat, and unpredictable, The Mama Doni Band expands the horizons of traditional Jewish music with a contagious and unexpected blend of reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer and “Jewgrass” – all woven together with a hip Jewish sensibility and a zany sense of humor.
Getting into the holiday spirit, Mama Doni & The Mama Doni Band will perform favorites from their albums, I Love Herring (& Other Fish Shticks for Kids) and I Love Chanukah!, along with previews of latkelicious new songs from their upcoming release, Chanukah Fever. The Chanukah collection includes a wild mix of musical styles including “Latke Man,” a retro-swing pop song; “The Funky Gold Menorah,” a kid-friendly hip-hop dance tune; “La Vida Dreidel,” a Jewish twist on Latin style; and “I Say Chanukah (You Say Hanukah!),” a quirky steel drum, island-style number. Chanukah will never be the same!
Mama Doni promised plenty of surprises throughout this hip Chanukah concert, including giveaways of chocolate gelt, dreidels, CDs, and t-shirts, and opportunities for kids to boogie like a dreidel, air guitar with the band (“Latke Man” style), join in an applesauce vs. sour cream rock-along, and chime in on the eternal question of “Chanukah” or “Hanukah.”
According to Carrie Stetler in The Star-Ledger, Doni Zasloff Thomas “is proud to have a schtick. And that schtick, she says, is to ‘Jewify’ all forms of music – from country to reggae to holiday songs.” Kids’ media authority Amy Kraft, of Media Macaroni, enthused, “We were all laughing out loud … Listen as Mama Doni spreads around some challah-day spirit in her inimitable cross between Sheryl Crow and Tone Loc.”
Mama Doni, a resident of Montclair, New Jersey, hopes that her music will add some Jewish flavor to the lives of people everywhere. She speaks with great passion about preserving the priceless Yiddish and Jewish spirit by imbuing it with a contemporary vibe that connects to life in our times.
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TICKETS: $15, $7 children 12 and younger
Museum and JCP members: $12, $5 children 12 and younger