Be'la Dona Band

Be’la Dona \, bel-e-‘dan-e \ n [It ,beautiful lady]

Washington DC is the birthplace of this exciting and diverse all-female band. The high-energy concert style presentation and dynamic musicianship exuded on stage is the selling point of this group of local unsung heroes. Be’la Dona is currently the hottest act in Washington, DC. Their unique style of Funk, Jazz, R&B, and Rock command an impressive drawing power attracting many beloved fans and local promoters. Individually, each band member has toured with various national artists such as Nile Rodgers (Chic), Pieces of a Dream, Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, High Five, EU, Salt & Pepa, Stephanie Mills, Michael Bolton, Elton John, and many others.

Be’la Dona has also been in the forefront as a group, backing up artists such as Erykah Badu, Vivian Green, Melanie Fiona,  Avery Sunshine, Estelle, Rah Digga, Lil Mama, Goapole, Marsha Ambrosious, Chico DeBarge, Chrisette Michele, Howard Hewett, Case, Leigh Jones, Tony Terry, Tanya Blount, and Chuck Brown. Be'la Dona was also The Official "2011 Black Girls Rock" Tour Band founded by Beverly Bond.

Be'la Dona also had the pleasure of opening up for such artist as Frankie Beverly and Maze, Midnight Starr, Angie Stone, Klymaxx, Chico Debarge, Joe, EU and the GodFather of Go-Go Chuck Brown.

This band just seems to have the magic formula: Musicianship, showmanship, high-energy stage performance, leadership, beauty, and integrity, which explain their drawing power. Be’la Dona captivates the crowd, keeps them excited all night long screaming for more and returning week after week. Many local promoters love to book them because of their crowd-pleasing ability especially during the recent festival season.

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This talented group of ladies has been awarded a DC's 93.9 WKYS "Best Up and Coming Band" , 2010 Washington Area Music Award for "Best Urban Contemporary Group, 2011 Washington Area Music Award for "Best GoGo/Duo Group", 2012 Washington Area Music Award for "Best GoGo/Duo Group, 2012 Washington Area Music Award for "Best Live Recording" (Bela Dona Live).

"Sweet Cherie Mitchell Agurs", the Musical Director of the band has been awarded Washington Area Music Awards for "Instrumentalist of the Year" for 4 consecutive years. Also the Be'la Ladies have been nominated for two DMV Awards and many other awards.

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