Zimbabwe: UK Music Festival Chabvondoka Returns, Announces Donel Mangena As Headline Act

A one-day festival, celebrating the best of Zimbabwean music will return at the end of October in Peterborough, with The Voice UK finalist, Donel Mangena headlining the event.

Chabvondoka, now in its second year, is a celebration of music, arts and culture and UK-based Zimbabwean artists billed to perform include Qounfuzed, Xavier, Shanky and Leonard Mapfumo and will focus on supporting the recovery of the local community and freelance economy.

The annual family-friendly event, sponsored by Diaspora Insurance and WorldRemit, will take place on 30 October at New Theatre Peterborough.

Donel captivated the nation when he first appeared on The Voice at 16, coached by Will.i.am. He went on to perform at Queen Elizabeth II’s 92nd birthday at The Royal Albert Hall in 2018. Shortly after, he released his debut single, ‘Bang Like A Drum’ featuring rapper Swarmz.

Meanwhile, popular group, Sungura Magic are part of a lineup that will also feature Ngoni Kambarami, Zizoe Pamyk, Probeatz and DJ Mel. Tsungai Tsikirai, Mathias Julius, Hardwest Music, Ver$a, ZimChild, DJ Firelox, DJ Principal, DJ Teechokks and Edith Weutonga are scheduled to perform.

Last year saw hundreds of festivals and live music events cancelled after a series of lockdowns were imposed in the UK in March 2020 and the organisers have said that this year’s event is a chance to experience live entertainment.

Taku Manatsa, executive producer and music director at Stellah Entertainment said: “There has never been a more opportune time to bring people together again.