"Her stage name may sound as if it belonged on a jar of pasta sauce, but Mama Doni is an indisputably Jewish performer. Doni Zasloff Thomas in real life, she specializes in putting a Jewish spin on all kinds of musical styles, including reggae, rock, disco and Latin." – The New York Times
"Who can resist 'Latke Man,' 'La Vida Dreidel,' 'Dear Hanukah Harry,' and other oy so catchy titles? New Jersey's Mama Doni makes a zany musical chicken soup of reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer, and other styles." – Boston Globe
"Mama Doni seamlessly merges girl pop with real lessons in Jewish culture… This album not only instills pride in one's heritage, but also makes it very, very fun."– Lahri Bond, 2011 Parents' Choice® Award
Doni Zasloff Thomas (aka Mama Doni) is a mom, music teacher, songwriter, and lead singer in The Mama Doni Band, honored with a 2011 Parents Choice® Award for their CD, Shabbat Shaboom, and winner of the Simcha Award for “Inspiring Joy Through Music” in competition with more than 100 bands from 15 different countries at the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam. Mama Doni celebrates Jewish culture with irrepressible zest in its high-energy, interactive family rock concerts and acoustic Shabbat experiences filled with a contagious and unexpected blend of reggae, rock, disco, Latin and klezmer – all woven together with soulful energy and a super hip Jewish sensibility.
When Doni’s children’s preschool asked her to take a position as music teacher in early 2007, she readily agreed, and the creative juices started flowing. Wanting to share her love of Jewish culture with kids in a fun and cool way, Doni soon began writing and recording her own songs. Mama Doni Productions was born! Doni’s first album, I Love Herring (& Other Fish Shticks for Kids), was released to immediate acclaim in May 2008. An EP for Purim in 2009 called I Love Purim!, followed and November 2010 brought a second full-length album, Chanukah Fever. Doni released her third full-length CD, Shabbat Shaboom in 2011 and her fourth album, Emunah,was released in Fall 2012. Stay tuned for a new DVD for release in the near future!
In addition to producing fun, family-friendly CDs and videos, Mama Doni and her team offer live concerts and ECE workshops. Since the 2011-2012 tour, Mama Doni’s tour has been sponsored by Streit’s Matzo, andat every Mama Doni concert, every family in attendance at a concert receives a free CD, Poster and Download Card -- a gift from Streit's! Hey...did you know that Mama Doni was seen on 1,000,000 matzo boxes over the last two years?! She has also appeared on FOX-5 TV’s Good Day New York, NBC’s Weekend Today in New York, and E Channel’s The Soup. Mama Doni is also the spokesperson and host on SHALOM TV!
In Fall 2012, Mama Doni released a new book through Behrman House Publishers called “Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration”. This book is a family guide for adding more fun to every holiday, from Sukkot to the Suberbowl.