Tomas Doncker is the epitome of what he describes as “global soul”. He’s traveled the world opening for musicians as diverse as Yoko Ono, Marla Mase, and Bonnie Raitt. Now he steps out on his own with his EP, Power of the Trinity… A Slight Return.
The album title is a reference to Jimi Hendrix’s classic song, “Voodoo Child,” an obvious influence on Doncker. His guitar playing is just as exciting and fiery as the legendary Hendrix. His songs are a mix of soul, funk, and rock, and blues. Doncker has been so influenced by the blues, he has created the score for a musical based on the songs of blues legend Howlin’ Wolf. He is also influenced greatly by world music. He has played with artists from all over the globe, including Ethiopia, and his music definitely has an Afro-beat sound listeners will love.
Doncker’s love of Africa is not only in his music and spiritual connection to Ethiopia. He gives back to the East African country by supporting The Studio Samuel Foundation’s 1Hundred Girls Impact Plan. His CD will be released to help support the non-profit organization. The timing will coincide with the International Day of the Girl on October 11.The organization helps Ethiopian young women break the cycle of poverty with education and “empowerment without pity”.
In contrast to just giving aid without personal connections, the 1 Hundred Girls Plan helps the women learn to read and learn a trade. The women learn to make jewelry and other goods that can be sold for fair trade in Western countries. After selling their goods, the women are empowered and have a way out of poverty and a way to support their families. In addition to making goods, the organizations helps the girls learn computer literacy through Khan Academy, receive healthcare, and talk to mentors to help them better their lives. Music fans that love real music with a charitable mission will love Tomas Doncker.