RN'B SENSATION DONALD TALKS TO US ABOUT LOVE SONGS

Q: How long have you been in the music industry and how did you get into the industry? 

A: I have been singing since I was in primary school. My mom was a choir mistress, so I was always exposed to music. When I got to high school, I was the guy who was known to have a voice. I think that is what made me very popular, other than my good marks, of course. By the time I was in tertiary, I knew that the engineering course I was studying would go to waste, so I made up my mind that I would go in to music. I was in a music group called COB, under Oupa Sithela’s leadership. I think that is where I learned most of what I know now, the art of singing. Professionally, I could say I have been singing since 2005/2006 when I released an album with Muzo, the group that I was with at the time.

Q:  What inspires the content of your songs? 

A: My latest album Black & White was entirely written by me and Bonga Percy Vilakazi, who is also my manager. The content of the album is generally inspired by love and everything else that happens in love – the good and bad, and complexities of a relationship.

Q:  What’s your favourite love song of all time, and why? 

A: This is a very tricky one. The two songs that come to mind are Eric Benet’s I wanna be loved and Boyz II Men’s On bended knee; beautifully-written songs with killer melodies.

Q:  How did you spend your Valentine’s Day this year, and is Valentine’s Day a big deal for you? 

A: I was working on Valentine’s Day. I am known for singing love songs, this is always a very busy day for me, so I usually work on Valentine’s, performing at Valentine’s events (which I really appreciate). 

Q: How long have you been a Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) member and what has been your experience with the organisation? 

A: I have been a SAMRO member for as long as I have been a musician. SAMRO has always ensured that all royalties owed to me are always paid and for that I am grateful. 

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