Trevor Dongo
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BornTrevor Dongo
(1986-09-27) September 27, 1986 (age 34)
NationalityZimbabwean
EducationKwayedza High School
Occupation
  • Musician
Known forMusic

Trevor Dongo is a popular Zimbabwean RnB musician. He rose to fame in 2001 during the Urban Grooves era as several young hip-hop and RnB musicians popularised local music targeted at young people.

Dongo's music was popularised by the song Ndozviita sei. The title track became an instant hit within weeks. Since then Dongo never looked back releasing a string of hits such as 'Tivanyadzise', 'Ruva Rashe', 'Takonana' and 'Ndashamisika'. The latter no doubt was one of the most popular tracks in 2012. It topped the charts and stayed for an unpredictable eight months.

Background

Dongo is the firstborn in a family of six. He is the only boy in a family with 6 children. He was raised in Harare's Highfield suburb. Dongo got engaged to Ashley Mawumbe in April 2014. The love birds celebrated their engagement in style with Trevor performing at the ZimCafe Restaurant. The engagement was spiced up by performances from fellow musicians Ngoni Kambarami and Muduwahood.[1]

Education

Dongo did his primary education at Rusvingo Primary School before enrolling at Kwayedza High School for his secondary education.

Music career

Dongo started writing music at school. By then, he took it as a hobby and never knew it would become his full-time career. His passion continued to grow leading him into recording demos. While at college he decided to sing for a living but since he had some doubts, he did the two simultaneously.[2] After completion of his Art course, Dongo went on to release his first album 'Ndozviita Sei'. The album was a success story and from there he never looked back. In 2010, he went on to release his second offering 'Ruvarashe'. He released 'First Verse' which carried hit tracks such as 'Musikana wangu' and 'Ndashamisika'.

In 2007 he teamed up with Nox and Tawanda Mugodi to form a group called AfroUnik which released one Album titled Uniqueness whose one gospel track Musipo was on heavy rotation on radio.

In 2015 Trevor Dongo shared the stage with Nigerian superstar Davido at Belgravia Sports Club and in 2016 Dongo performed alongside Diamond Platnumz at the HICC. In the same year, Dongo performed during Jah Cure's show at the HICC.

Tours

Dongo made his debut international tour in 2012 when he embarked on a United Kingdom tour together with local hip hop gurus Maskiri and Leonard Mapfumo. In May 2014, he was part of the Zimbabwean artists that descended in the United Kingdom for the UK summer Festival. This saw Dongo and the other six staging three shows in Luton, Coventry, and Manchester.[3]

On 26 and 27 February 2016 he performed in Canada alongside Freeman. In 2018 he performed at Indigo O2 with ExQ, Stunner, Ammara Brown, Tocky Vibes, and Charlie Kay. He performed in Cyprus with Enzo Ishall in 2019 in a show dubbed Cyprus Uncut.

Discography

Albums

  • Trevor Dongo Essentials (2020)
  • Beyond (2017)
  • Two Steps to Go (2014)
  • First Verse (2012)
  • Ruvarashe (2010)
  • Ndozviita Sei? (2004)

Awards

In 2015 Dongo was nominated at the Zimbabwe Music Award in 3 categories namely:

  1. Best Male
  2. Best R&B (won)
  3. Best Collaboration

In 2018 he was nominated at the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMAs) in 2 categories:

  1. Outstanding Male Musician
  2. Outstanding Album - Beyond

Social Media

Picture Gallery

Videos

Ndashamisika



Zvatichazova



Jehovah



with Andy Muridzo on Mutumbu Nyekete



African Girl with Soul Jah Love and Shayman Shaiz



That's How I Feel



Shoko reRudo



Rega Zviende



Ndokuda



Personal Life

Dongo was married to Ashley Maumbe.

References

  1. Jonathan Mbiriyamveka,All-white party for Dongo, The Herald, Published: 18 April 2014, retrieved: 8 May 2014
  2. Michael Chipato, The Truth About: Trevor Dongo, New Zimbabwe, Published: 19 Nov 2011, Retrieved: 8 May 2014
  3. Eugen Majuru, Summer Fiesta UK Tour To Feature 7 Zim Artists, Zim Eye, Published: 14 April 2014, Retrieved: 8 May 2014