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Donald Waugh

"I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica.  I started playing the piano at the age of 7 with encouragement from my parents.  When I was 17 years old, I found my brother-in-law’s bass guitar and by the next morning I had taught myself the bass lines to a few songs. My passion for the bass guitar and for music in general grew from there.

When I started College, I became serious about my music career. I studied visual arts, Jazz theory and the bass guitar at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.  During my studies my main influences were the various bands I performed in; the Javier Latin Jazz Band (Cuba), the Jill Gibson Trio (Ireland) and the Kathy Brown Band (Jamaica), which started my career as a working musician.

Being able to perform with different people around the world has shaped the way I view race and culture. The more time I spent performing and living in hotels with my band mates, the more I realized we are not that different from each other. I have seen and heard about racial injustices in the media, but growing up in Jamaica most of my life, I have not experienced it myself which has been a blessing. The population of Jamaica is over 80% black with the rest being mostly White and Asian. I moved to Canada four years ago and I have noticed that Canada is the least racist county I’ve been to despite so few people of colour living here."

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