The Zimbabwean UK rising star Donel goes for his hot debut EP ‘African Boy Pt. 1‘ on Artistry Records/Warner Records.
The 19-year-old former The Voice UK favorite is reintroducing himself with a unique blend of airy Afrobeats production and sticky pop hooks.
Donel’s warm vocals transport you to a block party in summer, dancing with friends and family. The vibrant string-plucks and the positivity of “Motion” offer a jolt of energy that’ll brighten your day. And on the suave “Savage,” his playboy persona takes over. “I wanna know where we can rendezvous / Don’t believe what them boys’ sayin’, I got what you need,” he teases over the rumbling drums.
In the video for “Motion,” Donel moves through an average day in his hometown with a smile on his face and a skip in his step, literally dancing his troubles away. The young crooner displays a swag and sensibility that’s utterly captivating and extremely entertaining.
It’s no wonder Prince Harry (among Donel’s many early followers) dubbed Donel a “star of the future” way back in 2018. And it doesn’t take long to feel just how heart-melting his vocals are. With more music on the way soon, African Boy Pt. 1 is just the first chapter of a thrilling story.