Donald has released his new album, Dreams, under unpleasant circumstances due to his cancelled album launch due to a bomb scare.
Donald took to Instagram on Thursday, 21 October 2021, to report that his album launch was cancelled due to a bomb scare at Rosebank Mall. Donald was scheduled to have his album launch at the Universal Music Group South Africa premises, located at the mall. However, in the post, he confirmed that his album would still be released as planned on Friday, 22 October 2021. True to his word, Dreams, the 11-track amapiano-inspired album, was released.
Already released from the album are the singles, Colours and Nkanyezi, featuring Lady Du. However, the biggest surprise of the album is the title track, Dreams, featuring Jussie Smollett. Smollett is the embattled Empire star who was shunned by the industry following his alleged staged homophobic publicity stunt. Additional features include Mthunzi on Kulize, Robot Boii on Yimi, Boohle on Phone Call, and new talent, iiso on Thaba Tshweu.
Overall, listening to the album, the running motif in production is that of manipulating the signifiers of amapiano, like the use of percussion, the long drum, and the sound pack, while thematically anchored in exploring love. Donald lyrically explores finding love, reminiscing about past loves and affirming himself and his success.
The album is available for purchase on Apple Music.
Listen to Dreams below.