Zainab Donli whose stage name is Lady Donli, draws her sound from cross-cultural influences and eras. She harmonizes soulful vocals, with deep Pan-African themes, genre-hopping, and a desire to provide escapism.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Abuja and now surfling between London and Lagos, Donli is a proud member of Nigeria’s ‘Alte community’. Her influences include Brenda Fassie, Erykah Badu, Angelique Kidjo, Asa, and many more.
In 2019, She penetrated the hearts of music lovers with her debut album, Enjoy Your Life, featuring Tomi Thomas, Tems, BenjiFlow, SOMADINA, Amaarae, Solis, the Cavemen, and R&B/Pop sibling duo, Vanjess. She’s filled up with enough diversity of delivery and dynamism of melody.
Donli fired up, after she shared the remix of her infectious song “Cash” featuring Afropop singer, Davido, where OBO opens the remix with an energetic verse about his flashy lifestyle and a shared love of cash. He also sprinkles the song with several animated ad-libs throughout.
2019 was a good starting point for Donli. Just imagine what happened in 2020 and 2021…
Now, it’s 2022!