Donel Mangena touches the globe

The kid is seventeen and the globe is in his hands. But what does it mean that the child of Zimbabwean immigrants is doing these things? What does it mean that out of a constellation of global ‘stars’ he could have bagged such a prestigious gig as the Miss World finals last weekend?

picture courtesy of Donel Mangena Facebook page

The 68th edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 8 December 2018 at the Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China.The event saw Manushi Chhillar of India crowning her successor Vanessa Ponce of Mexico at the end. Before 118 beauties drawn from across the world, the nascent talent of Donel Mangena with Zimbabwean roots showed out. He may prove to be Africa’s answer to Usher or Chris Brown with his fluid dance moves and singing ability.Recently he was in the country a few months to perform in front of local fans in Bulawayo and he is proving that he will most likely soar to previously uncharted territory in the pop music firmament.

Much will depend on a number of factors including management and of course songs. Without a hit song, a singer is going nowhere and the young artists introduced his latest single ‘Bang like a drum’ at the finals dancing with a coterie of dancers in choreography that chimed seamlessly with his latest offering.

Donel Mangena new single cover art.

The crowd roared their approval at the end with presenters Barney Walsh gushing: “What an opening, we had Donel…!

Donel came close to bagging UK’s version of the voice last year and attracted the attention of Black Eyed Peas front man Wil.I.Am. He has also had the rare privilege of performing for the royalty at the Queen of England’s birthday celebrations. Donel has roots in the city’s cultural hub of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

story by Admire Kudita

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