After dropping Hello Lady and My Ability earlier in the year, Abuja-born singer-songwriter, Lady Donli, has taken to her socials to announce a studio album release date. As always, we’ve broken down the gist of it.
Her first album in four years
Lady Donli made the very first announcement on June 14, 2023, after a four-year break since releasing her debut album, Enjoy Your Life (2019).
The album title, Pan-African Rockstar, seems worlds apart from Enjoy Your Life, but they’re actually quite similar. She’s been pushing the narrative since 2019 when she dropped EYL.
It’s her seventh project
In 2014, she debuted with a 12-track EP Love or War on SoundCloud. We witnessed her bedroom pop, neo-soul and R&B era as she strummed her guitar with a mixture of singing, rap and spoken word. She continued with What Is Perfect? EP (2015) and Wallflower EP (2016).
Letters to Her EP (2018) was her departure from the sound, and in 2019, Enjoy Your Life ushered us into an experimental and African side of Donli. EYL was such an era, from the retro aesthetics to her outfits to the album marketing. And two years after the iconic EYL, she put out a six-track response to those asking Where Is Lady Donli? (WILD), on which she took us back to her smooth vulnerable music days mixed with more afropop and dancehall than before.
She’s back now with her Pan-African Rockstar and we look forward to what the era will bring.
September release date
Just like her first album came out in the second-half of 2019, Pan-African Rockstar will be out on September 22, 2023.
A new fan club
Donli put out a link for those willing to become members of her Pan-African Rockstar club. Reminds us of the Enjoy Your Life era when we all became ministers of enjoyment.
The rollout is rolling
She started with short teasers before putting out a video with her Pan-African Rockstar album release date announcement. Using comments about her fall-off since her debut work, the promo has been gripping enough to guilt-trip even an uninterested listener to look out for her new project.
You’ll have to join the fanclub for access to tote bags, cassettes, CDs and one of 100 limited vinyls with special edition tracks.