2009 WKYS GO-GO Award Winner for Best Upcoming Band
2009 WAMA Award Nominee for Best R&B Band
2010 WAMA Award Winner for Best Urban Contemporary Duo/Group and Instrumentalist of the Year.
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,Avery Sunshine, KeKe Wyatt, Algebra, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Rah Digga, Lil Mama, Goapole, Marsha Ambrosious, Chico DeBarge, Chrisette Michele, Howard Hewett, Case, Lyfe Jennings, Tony Terry, Tanya Blount and Chuck Brown.
Be'la Dona is also The Official "2011 Black Girls Rock" Tour Band founded by Beverly Bond.
This talented group of ladies has been awarded 2009 GoGo Award for "Best Up and Coming Band". 2010 WAMA Award for "Best Urban Contemporary Group and 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015 WAMA Award for "Best GoGo/Duo Group" and 2014 & 2015 Titan Award for "Best Female Band/Duo Group.
"Sweet Cherie", the Musical Director of the band has been awarded WAMA Awards for "Instrumentalist of the Year" for 6 consecutive years. Also the Be'la Ladies have been nominated for two DMV Awards and many other awards.
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.
This is the band you have been waiting for,