Donae'o

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Donae'o
Birth name Ian Greenidge
Genres UK funky, rave
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1999–present
Labels My-ish Music, Island
Associated acts Breakage, Craig David, Sabrina Washington, Lethal Bizzle Giggs Fuse ODG
Website donaeo.com

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.[1] He is well known for his single, "Party Hard".

Career[edit]

Before he was born, his mother performed and toured the U.K. as a singer, and as a youngster it was common place for him to hear his mother singing in the house.

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.

He was also featured on Giggs' 2016 song "Lock Doh", from his 2016 album Landlord, and his 2017 song "Linguo", from his 2017 mix tape Wamp 2 Dem.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details
2009 Party Hard
  • Released: June 2009
  • Label: My-ish Music
2011 Indigo Child
  • Released: June 2011
  • Label: Zephron Entertainment[2]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[3]
UK
Dance

[4]
UK
Ind.

[5]
"Falling" 1999 Non-album singles
"Don't Do It" 2003
"My Philosophy (Bounce)"
"Mic da Mic" 2004
"United" 2005
"Change"
(with Wiley)
2006
"Next Customer" / "London Boy" 2007
"When Your Alone" / "Devil in a Blue Dress" 2008 Party Hard
"I" / "African Warrior"
"Watching Her Move" / "Party Hard" 2009
"I'm Fly" 129 21 12 Non-album singles
"Check My Swagga Out" 2011
"Mami No Like" 2016
"Chalice"
(featuring Belly)
2018 To be announced
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other releases/songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
2007 "Step Back" (Rekless feat. Donae'o, Sharkey P and Scandal)
2009 "Go Hard" (Lethal Bizzle feat. Donae'o)
79
Go Hard
2010 "Speechless" (Breakage feat. Donae'o) / "Justified" (Breakage feat. Erin)
Foundation
2011 "Raver" (Shy FX feat. Donae'o)
"Out of Control" (The Mike Delinquent Project feat. Kcat and Donae'o)
2012 "Not a Saint" (Lethal Bizzle feat. Donae'o)
"You Should Know" (Jack Beats feat. Donae'o)
"Not a Saint" (Vato Gonzalez vs. Lethal Bizzle and Donae'o)
20
"Flying to Mars" (Foreign Beggars feat. Donae'o)
The Uprising
2013 "I'm in Love" (Sean McCabe feat. Donae'o)
2014 "Tomorrow's Another Day" (Artful feat. Donae'o)
2015 "Fallen" (The Prototypes feat. Donae'o)
City of Gold
2017 "Bridge over Troubled Water" (as part of Artists for Grenfell)
1
Non-album single
"Family" (Manga Saint Hilare feat. Donae'o)

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ https://www.discogs.com/artist/169099-Donaeo
  3. ^ "Chart Log UK: Asher D – Dyverse". zobbel.de. Tobiaz Zywietz. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40 − 1 October 2010 − 7 October 2010". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50 − 1 October 2010 − 7 October 2010". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 October 2018.