Donae'o

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Donae'o
Birth name Ian Greenidge
Genres UK funky, rave
Occupations Rapper, MC, singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels My-ish Music (www.myish.co.uk)
Associated acts Breakage, Craig David, Sabrina Washington, Lethal Bizzle

Ian Greenidge, better known by his stage name Donae'o (/ˈdn./ DOH-nay-oh; meaning Gift From God), is an English singer and rapper of Ghanaian and Guyanese descent from North-West London.[citation needed] He is well known for his single, "Party Hard".

Career[edit]

Before he was born, his mother performed and toured the country as a singer, and as a youngster it was common place for him to hear his mother singing in the house. His mother would say he was talentless and that he should 'move to the gyal dem'.

By the time he was in his mid teens, Greenidge had already attracted a management team, and released a single, "Falling". During his teens, Donae’o put out a few singles, most notably "Falling" and "Bounce". Both made an impact on the underground, with "Bounce" winning an award for Best Live P.A. at the People’s Choice Awards in 2003.

In November 2007, Donae'o started to promote "Devil in a Blue Dress", and released it on white label the following February. The song's success earned him a coveted spot at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival. His follow-up single, "African Warrior", certified Donae'o as an up-and-coming name in UK music.

Donae'o decided to have a record company on board, with burgeoning brand building entertainment company My Ish. In 2009, Donae'o released the album Party Hard, and featured in Lethal Bizzle's single, "Go Hard", from the album of the same name.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
UK
2009 Party Hard
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: June 2009
  • Label: My-ish Music

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
2002 "Falling"
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Non-album single
"Bounce"
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2008 "Devil In A Blue Dress"
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Party Hard
"African Warrior"
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2009 "Party Hard"
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2010 "I'm Fly"
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Non-album single
2011 "Check My Swagga Out"
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Other releases/songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
2009 "Go Hard" (Lethal Bizzle feat. Donae'o)
79
Go Hard Move to the Gyal Dem
2010 "Speechless" (Breakage feat. Donae'o)/"Justified" (Breakage feat. Erin)
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Foundation
2012 "Not A Saint" (Lethal Bizzle feat. Donae'o)
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TBA
2012 "You Should Know" (Jack Beats feat. Donae'o)
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2013 "Not A Saint" (Vato Gonzalez vs. Lethal Bizzle and Donae'o)
20

Awards[edit]