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Legendary Music Producer Tony Dofat Honored By MVPL Foundation

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Tony Dofat [Photo by Keyboard Money Mike]
New Rochelle — Legendary music veteran and producer Tony Dofat was honored for his contributions to the Mount Vernon community, Thursday, October 13th by the Mount Vernon Public Library Foundation at the their gala at the VIP Country Club located at 600 Davenport Ave in New Rochelle.

“I’ve contributed 27 years of my life to the music industry and I believe that music was just the beginning of my journey,” Dofat tells BW. “I also believe that one of my life goals is to share the knowledge that I’ve acquired during my 27 year tenure and it has now come to fruition as an author, world lecturer, and my appointment as associate professor. Prior to my appointment, I remember my department chair asking,“why would a guy of my experience, track record, and accolades want to become a professor?” I said, my overall purpose was not to make records for 27 years but to learn how to make records so I can teach and share my knowledge, guide, mentor, and educate the youth and next generation of music makers and entrepreneurs. This is fulfilling to me!


Tony Dofat, Olivia & Mayor Richard Thomas [photo by Keyboard Money Mike]
Tony, Olivia & Mayor Richard Thomas [photo by Keyboard Money Mike]
Last Thursday was a big day for Hip-Hop History and for the Mount Vernon born and bred record producer who has contributed to many of your favorite 90’s hits, including several song’s by own Mary J. Blige’s songs like ‘You Remind Me (Bentley’s Remix)’, ‘Love No Limit’, You Don’t  Have To Worry’, Reminisce (Bad Boy Remix) and Heavy D’s ‘Big Daddy (Remix)’ just to name a few.

Dofat was presented several proclamations including one from the Mount Vernon Mayor Richard W. Thomas, a proclamation from Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams as well as a citation from New York State Assembly Gary Pretlow. The County Legislators also proclaimed October 19th, “Tony Dofat Day” for his outstanding achievements and contributions to society and accolades in music for 27 years, also as an educator and appointment as Associate professor at LIU, world lecturer, and the author of 2 music reference books and currently working on his third and fourth books.

Tony Dofat & Olivia [Photo by Keyboard Money Mike]
Tony Dofat & Olivia [Photo by Keyboard Money Mike]
Dofat was accompanied by his client, long time friend, and multi-Platinum recording artist and actress Olivia, whom gave a phenomenal introduction to Dofat at the gala. Tony Dofat has a lot of plans to help decrease black on black crimes within the community of his native town of Mount Vernon and also is an advocate of fundraising for the Mount Vernon Public Library for newer equipment and the restoration project.

For more information of Tony Dofat, check out his website: and  follow Tony Dofat on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

To support the Mount Vernon Public Library, donations of any amount can be given at go to their website.

AJ Woodson

AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show. AJ is a Father, Brother, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Hip-Hop Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

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