#BumpThis: Lady Donli’s “Comforter”


June 19, 2019

There’s so much music out there that it’s hard for even the most loyal fans to stay up with their favourite artists or what’s new and hot right now. That’s why we’ve created #BumpThis – a daily series that features the one song you need to listen to, every day. Don’t say we never did anything for you.


“Enjoy Your Life” is the tentative title of Lady Donli’s forthcoming debut album. Listening to “Comforter”, you hear the 22-year-old singer/songwriter further explore a new chapter in her evolution that she first echoed on the summer bop, “Cash”.

I think my music now as I’m evolving is a lot about identity. And being able to show people that there is pride in identity.” Donli recently told Indie Mag. First introduced to us as the soul/jazz influenced poster girl for the much-vaunted alte scene, Lady Donli’s reassuring promises to a lover on “Comforter” evoke an important aspect of her identity – the music that she grew up listening to.

The bassline is reminiscent of 90s Nigerian pop, the production of the late OJB Jezreel and icons like Trybesmen and the mainstays of the Kennis Music era. Donli borrows a leaf from the latter bunch – her lyrics are easy and relatable, sung with no frills in unhindered pidgin.

In this year of seminal debuts like Santi’s “Mandy & The Jungle”, and more breakout stars like Rema, Fireboy and Oxlade, “Comforter” is a teaser that suggests Donli is looking to make as big a statement as possible. The song is as suited for an evening joyride with your real-life comforter as it is on the opening half of your Friday night playlist.

Lady Donli’s gospel this year is clear – she’s said it already – her music isn’t trying to prove a point; been there, done that. This time around, she just wants to you to enjoy life, even if she has to be the one to show you how.

Listen to Lady Donli’s “Comforter” here.

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