Rising UK Star Donel Releases Warner Records Debut Ep African Boy Pt. 1 – The Hype Magazine

Rising Zimbabwean UK sensation Donel recently released his debut EP, African Boy Pt. 1, a three-song set of pure joy and light, on Artistry Records/Warner Records. After fine-tuning his sound over the past few years, the 19-year-old former The Voice UK favorite is reintroducing himself with a unique blend of airy Afrobeats production and sticky pop hooks.

No matter who’s listening, there’s something on African Boy Pt. 1 to fit their needs. 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. Watch him work in the video HERE.

Donel sounds more confident than ever on his first project for Warner Records- taking full advantage of a fresh start and new partnership via Artistry Records. African Boy Pt. 1 isn’t just a debut — it’s a celebration of years of hard work and perseverance. 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.


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