Donald Glover drops film during Coachella performance

Donald Glover in Guava Island. (Screengrab: YouTube)
Donald Glover in Guava Island. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Indio - Donald Glover has dropped his highly anticipated film with Rihanna during a Coachella performance by his rap alter ego Childish Gambino that could be one of his last.

The star, famous for his music but also successful in film, television and comedy, delivered a pared down headlining performance heavy on dance but light on production to wrap the first night of the premier music festival set in the California desert on Friday.

During his set, Glover's 54-minute film Guava Island - a much-touted tropical thriller shot in Cuba and starring Rihanna - also began streaming on Amazon Prime.

The 35-year-old - who recently announced he will retire his moniker Childish Gambino after wrapping his current tour and releasing one more album - made the film with director Hiro Murai, who is also behind the artist's acclaimed Atlanta series and directed his video for the Grammy-winning hit This Is America.

The film sees Rihanna play singer Glover's tough-to-please girlfriend, and centres on themes of music's power to unify and the weight of capitalism.


During his pumping yet pensive show a shirtless Glover - frequently undulating his hips in the style of his acclaimed America video - strode a catwalk jutting into the enormous crowd there for the three-day weekend of music's hottest acts.

"All we really have at the end of the day are memories," Glover said after acknowledging the recent deaths of rappers Nipsey Hussle and Mac Miller.

"At least one of you won't see next week," he said. "While we're here, feel something and pass it on."