Name: Trevor Dongo
Marital Status: Single
Favourite Quote: Destined for greatness!
Music Genre: R&B
Don't worry if you've never heard of Trevor Dongo. Like a gem, he is rare but his true value to Zimbabwean music is slowly being realised. In his understated way, Trevor is letting his music do the talking, raising his stock as it does. The silky-voiced crooner – a creative warehouse of romantic explorations – navigates through themes of love found and love lost.
If his 2011 heart-breaker ‘Takonana’ announced his arrival, his new chart topper ‘Ndashamisika’ confirms him as one of the country’s premier entertainers.
This is The Truth About: Trevor Dongo
Who is Trevor Dongo?
I’m a down-to-earth musician who grew up in Highfield, Harare. I did my primary education at Rusvingo Primary School and secondary education at Kwayedza High School in Highfield.
I grew up living with my grandmother after my parents separated. I’m the first born in a family of six. I’m the only boy and have five beautiful sisters.
What drove you into the music business?
It just started off as a hobby. At school I used to write songs and record demos and the passion kept growing.
Once I decided to sing for a living, I had a few doubts here and there. I was studying art at college and did the two simultaneously in case the music career didn’t work out as I planned.
How many albums have you released to date?
I have three albums. The first was Ndozviita Sei back in 2001, followed by Ruvarashe in 2010 and First Verse is my latest work released this year.
What has been the reception like to your music?
I released by latest album on February 15 this year with notable songs like Musikana Wangu, Ndawana Zano, No Limits and of courseNdashamisika which is a chart topper.The project is receiving more airplay than my previous works. Ndashamisika has been on the charts now for eight months. That says it all.
TREVOR DONGO: TAKONANA
TREVOR DONGO: NDASHAMISIKA
Which song do you like the most from your three albums?
Tivanyadzise from my second album Ruvarashe.
Which artists can one expect to hear collaborating with?
I have collaborated with a lot of local musicians so far, the likes of Xtra Large, XQ, Stunner, Leonard Mapfumo, Maskiri, Taurai, Nox, JXB, Sanni Makhalima, King Shaddy, Shar, Cindy, Sniper Storm and Shinso just to mention a few. I’m working on a track at present with an artist from Zambia named Shyman Shaizo.
What has been the effect of such experiences on your musical identity?
It’s given me more exposure and uplifted my career.
Who do you look up to as standard bearers in your industry?
My musical inspirations currently are Oliver Mtukudzi , Alick Macheso, Chris Martin, Jah Cure, Alaine, Alexio, Neyo, Usher, John Legend, Brandy, Mary J Blige, and from the past Michael Jackson, John Chibadudra, Paul Matavire, Boys II Men, Westlife and Phil Collins.
As one of the country’s most talented songwriters and vocal coaches it’s safe to assume you write your own songs. But who does the production work?
The first album was produced by Take 5. My producer currently isMacDee(Macdonald Chidavaenzi). He’s a great guy to work with!
Do you play any instruments?
I’m still working on my acoustic guitar skills.
Have you been involved in any international tours?
It has always been one of my biggest wishes to perform outside Zimbabwe. I believe God heard my prayers and answered me because I’m currently contracted to perform in the UK in December together with Leonard Mapfumo and Maskiri.
I tell you, the curiosity and excitement is unexplainable. Our first gig will be on December 22 in Coventry and the second gig on New Year’s Eve in London. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity extended by the promoter, Bedrock Entertainment, headed by Witcan Chirimuuta.
If you weren't singing, what would you be doing?
I would be a sketch artist, drawing.
What other talents do you have?
Drawing and sculpturing.
Do you have any other passions, other than music?
Martial arts. I have been doing Kyokushin for more than 10 years now!
What’s the state of urban music in Zimbabwe today?
Urban Grooves is truly dominating the music industry in Zimbabwe positively due to improvements in the lyrical content and artistic sound management and public support.
TREVOR DONGO: TIVANYADZISE
TREVOR DONGO: NERUNAKO