4justice 4truth 4love 4Donovan – Thank you!

4Justice4Truth4DonovanHeartfelt gratitude to all of the artists who responded to our call to submit songs for a compilation to raise funds & awareness for Donovan’s defense.
The result is a stellar collection of 50 songs from 45 artists!

We’re happy to announce that the album is now available exclusively on our website for a minimum donation of $10.
Make your donation and grab your download here.

While you’re there be sure to check out the list of the artists involved. We hope you’ll discover some new music and reconnect with your favorites.

Contribute a track to Donovan’s Defense Fundraising Compilation

4Donovan Album promoDear Friends and Family,
We invite you to submit a song (or more) to be included in a downloadable album in support of Donovan’s defense fund.
This compilation will be a simple, yet powerful, way for our community of artists to virtually gather around the Drayton family & help defray a bit of the financial burden that has built up over the 5 plus years of fighting for justice for Donovan.

Here’s the deal:

  • The tracks don’t have to be original – but they do need to be yours (you hold publishing rights etc).
  • This will be a digital download, we’re keeping it simple and spending $0 on production.
  • The proceeds minus PayPal’s cut will go directly to Ronny Drayton to help pay the enormous expense of Donovan’s defense.
  • We’re open to other forms of downloadable material (art, poetry etc).
  • Deadline for submission has been extended to Sunday, March 3, 2013 with a release date of Tuesday, March 5.
    We can accept your songs as late as Monday afternoon EST as long as you let us know to expect them. Just fill out the form and tell us when to expect your file.
  • If you supply us with one, we’ll embed an ISRC code into your tracks. Info on these codes can be found here
  • Feel free to email questions to album@4donovan.info

Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber continues to donate web hosting and
Burnt Sugar’s Jared Michael Nickerson has stepped on board to help produce.

Please fill out this form so we have your details and email the track to album@4donovan.info

If you’re having problems emailing the files – here is a free and easy to use file transfer service  WeTransfer.com

The files should be WAV/AIFF/FLAC.

Here are the file requirements:

  • lossless WAV, AIFF and FLAC files
  • 16 and 24-bit samples
  • 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz sample rates
  • stereo and mono

Thank you everyone!!

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Name of Artist/Band (required)

Title of Track (required)

ISRC code (optional)

Credits (required) Include your website if you'd like us to add a link

I own the publishing rights to this song

You have my permission to include this track in Donovan's Defense Fundraising Compilation

Any questions? Suggestions?

Hearing Jan 3, 2012

Happy New Year Everyone!
We are back in court to finish this dance with Queens ADA Shaun Clark.
Thursday Jan 3rd. Queens County Criminal Court House in Kew Gardens Queens.
We will be in Part K2 this Judge Kron’s Court. (He is the 3rd judge on this journey.) Our lawyer is Michael Warren.
9:00am sharp. This judge does NOT like anyone coming into his court room late.

The Queens Criminal Court is located at 125-01 Queens Blvd. near Hoover Avenue & 82nd Avenue. The Summons Part is located across the street in the Borough Hall Building.

Public Transportation Directions
Take the E or F train to the Union Turnpike Station. The Q60, Q37, Q74 and Q46 buses all have stops in close proximity to the Courthouse.

The Million Man Mosh II: Living Colour, 24-7 Spyz

The Million Man Mosh II: Living Colour, 24-7 Spyz, Burnt SugarThe Black Rock Coalition presents:
The Million Man Mosh II: Living Colour, 24-7 Spyz
A Benefit for Donovan Drayton. With Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, Nona Hendryx & Ronny Drayton ft. Rev. Kim Lesley. Special Guests: Lenny White, Eddie Martinez & Jef Lee Johnson + Legendary NYC DJ’s: Rockin’ Rob & Chuck City
Monday, January 21, 2013
Showtime @ 7:00 PM
Doors open @ 6:00 PM

$35 in advance, $40 day of show, $50 VIP

$50 VIP Ticket Includes:
Reserved seat in side wings and show poster

Full dinner menu available
General Admission Standing Room
Limited seating available
First come, first seated
All ages

Buy Tickets Here

Living Colour

As the flagship band of the Black Rock Coalition, Living Colour fused free jazz, funk, hard rock, and heavy metal into a sound that is uniquely its own. The band’s debut album Vivid was released in 1988 and contained the hit single “Cult of Personality,” which won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The band’s followup Time’s Up (1990), garnered more critical acclaim and another Grammy Award. After an extended hiatus in the late ’90s, Living Colour reformed in 2000 and released Collideoscope in 2003. Having recently released the critically acclaimed album The Chair In The Doorway (2009), the band is currently preparing material for a new album and tour in 2013.


24-7 Spyz

South Bronx natives Jimi Hazel (guitar) and Rick Skatore (bass) formed 24-7 Spyz (“twenty-four-seven spies”) in 1986 and developed an immediate following based on their musical versatility. The group mixes soul, funk, reggae, and R&B with heavy metal and punk – a mix that came to be labeled as heavy metal soul. 24-7 Spyz broke up in 1998 after releasing several albums, including Harder than You (1988), Gumbo Millennium (1990), and the cult classic Strength in Numbers (1992). Reforming in 2003, the group dropped Face the Day (2006), its latest release and first album of original material in over a decade. 2011 saw a reunion of the Strength in Numbers lineup at a show in New York City. The band is now writing songs for a new disc that will be released in 2013.

24-7 Spyz on MySpace

Burnt Sugar

BURNT SUGAR, THE ARKESTRA CHAMBER is the creation of writer/guitarist/producer Greg Tate.  Formed in 1999, Burnt Sugar was conceived as a contemporary version of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew band, exploring the connective tissue binding jazz, rock, funk, twentieth century composition, and African music in a lyrical, seductive, exploratory, improvisational manner.

Employing “Conduction”, an interpretative system for improvisers developed by Lawrence“ Butch” Morris, Tate guides the band through improvisations on each of its song forms. As a result, each performance is an original mutation in tune with the collective personality of the audience as well as the individual character and talents of the players.

Each of the players are masters of their instruments, many of whom are name artists on the contemporary scene. Notably, the trumpeter Lewis ‘Flip’ Barnes of William Parker’s lauded O’Neal’s Porch Group; tenor saxophonist Micah Gaugh, who’s performed with Cecil Taylor, Arto Lindsey, Lady Keir, Mark Ribot and currently has his own release “Everything” on noted DJ’s Mathew Herbert’s Accidental Records label in the U.K.; electric bassist Jared Michael Nickerson who has toured and recorded with The The, Freedy Johnston, Wadada Leo Smith, Charlie Musselwhite and the Yohimbe Brothers (Vernon Reid & DJ Logic ) and drummer Trevor Holder with the Broadway road versions of “Memphis” and “Dream Girls,” to name a few.

Their travels have taken them to venues and festivals such as The Royal Festival Hall and the Marquee Club in London, Brighton Music Festival in Brighton, England,  Musique de Nuits in Bordeaux France, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Concert of Colors in Detroit, Michigan, The Empty Bottle in Chicago, Illinois, Serralves Em Festa in Porto Portugal, Club Paradox in Tilburg, the Netherlands, The Dame & Southgate House in Lexington and Covington, Kentucky, The University of Pennsylvania, Jazz Al Dia in San Sebastian, Spain New Jersey Performance Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut, Guelph Jazz Festival in Guelph Ontario, Central Park Summerstage and Lincoln Center in New York City and Banlieues Bleues and the Sons d’hiver Festivals in Paris France.


Nona Hendryx

One-third of the pop/soul act Labelle (their big hit was “Lady Marmalade”), Nona Hendryx, by far and away, made the hippest solo records of any member of that group (the others being Patti LaBelle and Sarah Dash). After Labelle called it quits in 1976, Hendryx released her self-titled debut record, which was an amazingly strong amalgam of soul and hard rock. It also went almost completely ignored by critics, soul fans, and even Labelle fans, and Hendryx took her strong, clear, booming voice and did lots of session work in the late ’70s and early ’80s. It was here that she fell in with a hip crowd of musicians, specifically as a result of her time singing backup for Talking Heads. This association with David Byrne led to her working with Bill Laswell, who, along with his band Material, helped Hendryx put together a second solo record entitled Nona. A strong album that’s not as wild-eyed as her debut, Nona did spark greater interest in Hendryx’s considerable talents, and after that, her solo career flourished to the point where she no longer needed studio work to supplement her income. Although some of her late-’80s records sound a little formulaic, Nona Hendryx is a dynamic, daring, and extremely talented performer, who, as is often the case, didn’t receive the credit she’s due. But unlike Patti Labelle, who has chosen a career as the most histrionic singer in MOR soul/pop, or the relative invisibility of Sarah Dash, who sang backup for Keith Richards’ X-Pensive Winos, Hendryx has taken the road less traveled, and that has meant a more aesthetically rewarding and interesting career. ~ John Dougan, All Music Guide

A Message to the Community from Donovan

“What I am not afraid of is the physical aspect of being in jail.
What I am afraid of is that no one has any aspiration to do anything with goodness,
so… I’m getting up to run a little further today”

~Donovan Drayton


Dear Supporters,

I, Donovan Drayton am writing this letter because I have not been able to thank any of you face to face because of my current circumstances.  So I am here writing this letter so you can know how grateful I truly am.  You beautiful people are the ones that give me the strength to continue fighting, it is the energy y’all send to me that makes me strong and keeps me going.  I sit here in my jail cell writing this letter not scared any more of the case or the false charges that were brought against me as my last trial showed my innocence, knowing the only reason that that was able to happen is the fact that I had the support and prayers and love of you all, and for that I am HUMBLY thankful and in debt to you beautiful strong people forever.
So basically, I just wanted to say thank you.  None of this was achieved by my family’s efforts alone, this was a group effort for sure!!!

The prosecutor is displeased with the outcome of the first trial, he is angry that his lies did not prevail, so he wants to go to battle one more time.  He seems to not understand that God is in charge here and the Lord will not allow his child (me) to be falsely persecuted. He is blinded by his own arrogance and fury, but I believe it’s not his HUMAN self that is doing this, but the evil spirit that has taken him over.  No righteous man is doing the things he is trying to do.  So I would say, we must all come together again in order that I prevail completely in the January 2013 trial.

I have come a lot closer to God than I ever have been.  When you are going through this type of tribulation there are only but so many ways you can go when you are faced with an obstacle like this.  You can either run from God or you can run to him, I choose to run towards him and put my faith in him because no other way is guaranteed to work like the Lords and it has been proven to be the best decision I have ever made, the proof is shown by my personal growth and my situations current status.  I look back to where I used to be in terms of my circumstances and my own self, thank God I’m not where I used to be, in many respects I am seeing my own growth and God deserves all the credit for that, Lord only knows where I would have been if I had taken the plea of 18 years and did not make the decision to fight for myself, I would not have survived without faith.

Sometimes life is not how you want it to be, but if you don’t give up and you stay positive and believe you can break through you can and you will.  You don’t know what true substance you have within yourself unless you are tested.  Until then, you will never know, that’s when you truly know who you are…..and me, I’m a winner, and I will not lay down and die for a lie, so therefore I will fight always because giving up isn’t an option.  I am a gladiator like the ones from ancient Greece, they have a saying before they go into battle ” never surrender and never retreat ” they will fight for what they stand for, that is the spirit that I have taken, so that is what I will do, not just with this situation but with life period!!

So once again thank you so much to all my extended family that has believed in me.
Even with all your own problems y’all may be having in your own lives, you still send me positive energy and give me love, that is so special and amazing to me.
So once again Thank You!!  God Bless all your Souls!!
Yours Truly,
AKA Spartacus (never surrender, never retreat)

“Love, Loyalty and Trust , it is all we have”

God Bless

Bail 4 Donovan!!!!

Friends and family,
It is with pure gratitude that I tell you all that Kim called me today as I am working to say
“Ronny they gave him bail, its 125gs”.
Dear people we have been heard and felt in a big way. Now there are things to do
We will keep you all up to speed on what we need to do next.
So your help is key even if its to have him sleep on your couch. HIS SAFETY IS REAL !
He’s coming hm and let us keep that web of protection around him as the beast is pissed now.
Michael Warren is in the house. And we dance .
Its not over yet, but we will be ready this next time around
Always with respect
Ronny Drayton

Editor’s Update:
We’re happy to report that Donovan has been released on bail!
The fight isn’t over, but this is great news!

Hearing for a fair bail for Donovan!

Free Donovan Drayton now!This coming Monday, October 15, 2012, is a very important date for Donovan and his family as they appeal to The Supreme Court of New York State asking for a fair bail for Donovan.
As of this Friday, Donovan will have been incarcerated for FIVE years with NO conviction.
If you’re able, please join us in the courtroom – let it be known that we have Donovan’s back.
The hearing is set for 9am and should be brief. Your attendance and support is priceless.
Thank you!


The Supreme Court of the State of New York
Second Judicial Department
45 Monroe Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 875-1300

Follow this link for directions to the courthouse



June 6 Update

Good evening all !
Today was a day of major change in court as judge Robert Mc Gann has stepped down and has retired from the bench for health reasons which we could see as time went on. So we are now going to the 3rd judge his name is Kron this is all I know now and that we will be in part K2. There is more but I just can’t say over this platform. July 10 is the next date. We will know when the dance will begin so please sign our petition and spread the word. Our friends in Berlin and Paris have stepped up big time. This is what we need as they took a project on their own for Donovan. I never stop so when I get a break I have been taking it and it is “wonderful ” Thank you Dave, Kevin and Zack for coming and calling me to keep eyes on and calling me.
We want to thank everyone for your time and prayers.
Let us give thanks we are half way up the mountain
With respect
Ronny Drayton

June 6 Pre-Trial Hearing


Free Donovan Drayton Soliparty

The German music community rallies to support Donovan!
on 7th June Nicholas van Pittman has organized a benefit event with Kurtis Blow, Abydos feat. Aljkzindyr Narmer, Birol Unel, Miron Zownir, Wynton Kelly Stevenson and many others to raise funds for Donovan.

Free Donovan Drayton Soliparty

Free Donovan Drayton Soliparty