In recent years, Nigerians have gained a new young breed of artists with a not so familiar sound, at least not in the Nigerian industry. They are self-starters. They record their own music. They produce their own sounds. Lady Donli is one of such.
Her name is Zainab popularly known as Lady Donli, and the first time I heard her voice was 2014. It was on Sute’s song Mr. Creeper, where she sounded very innocent, very believable & not at all creepy. The next time I would hear her voice will be on a project (an honest to God one in my opinion), that will change my view on the future of Nigerian women in the music industry.
She has just recently released her latest audio file titled “Wonda Wonda”. Kuvie made a smooth Afro-fusion instrumental with a stint of grooviness that kept the vibe bouncy. The song started with an African shaker followed by a pop-esque chord progression played on guitar synth. Then came the Afro-drums that kept the rhythm steady. Lady Donli came through with her unique vocal delivery style, singing smooth RnB-esque afro melodies with a little Jazz infusion. Darkovibes delivered a short energetic verse, belting high notes with his raspy voice. The overall production of the song was good and all elements were well balanced even the hums and chants.
These days, Lady Donli has cemented her place in the Nigerian industry as one of the artists to keep an eye out for in the music scene. She recognizes the thirst is more back home as opposed to overseas due to opportunity and she says that having both experiences pushes her to do more. She wants to be able to be chill and still infuse activism into her sound.