Dounia the Unconventional
A woman with a platform, and her drive to spread positivity, confidence mix that won't miss
“Especially with social media where everything is so accessible — and young girls are so impressionable — I feel like it’s so dope to have empowering women who are just spreading positivity in whatever form it is.” -Dounia
Within our current music industry, I tend to overlook the messages that a particular song may produce. If I like the beat, I’ll usually like the song.
We tend to prioritize the flow and delivery of the song, and most of the time, favor the actual lyrics last. Even so, the lyrics do go through our minds inherently without us fully noticing; almost like an unconscious note. With that in mind, I’d like to give some shine on a relatively new contemporary R&B artist, Dounia. She not only has a flawless flow, but her words are just as vital as she emphasizes on a much needed inspiration for our current society. Her music and lyrics, in general, share body positivity, feminism, confidence, and overall individuality.
Dounia’s overall style is considered to be pretty unconventional. From the way she dresses to the way she presents herself, she oozes confidence and self-love. It’s empowering.
Besides the beautiful and confident vibes she spreads, Dounia’s music style also speaks for itself. If I had to pick an artist like Dounia, I’d say she reminds me the most of Noname, who is also a phenomenal rising artist. So, if you like Noname, you just might like Dounia. They’re actually not similar at all in terms of music style, but the way they deliver a message through a soothing, gentle voice is what I would consider their signature method. Their voices sound like they are actually trying to talk to you; they possess a sensual element that captivates you.
Dounia’s contemporary R&B style totally gives off chill vibes, and you can hear how effortless her voice is in every track. I absolutely love her flow.
One of her most recent tracks, “Menace,” from her Intro To album is my absolute favorite. If you listen as well as watch the music video, you’ll see why. Her unbothered and unbroken self, even after multiple encounters of heartbreak, will keep you going. She is so confident in her deliverance that it will make you want to own up or stand tall to anything you are going through.
If you’re into R&B artists with a hipster touch, definitely have a listen to Dounia. She sings about topics like confidence, pursuing your dreams, becoming independent, realness and more. She’s so inspirational.
Prepare to be obsessed.