Music festival Chabvondoka returns, announces Donel Mangena as headline act

Updated: Oct 25, 2021

Donel Mangena

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 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.

The festival will include a free workshop for people interested in learning how to play an instrument, including a guide and tips on writing music.

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 at Stellah Entertainment said: “There has never been a more opportune time to bring people together again.

“We have a really exciting lineup, including the talented Donel Mangena, and our focus on local artists will allow everyone to experience and rediscover what our African musicians have to offer.

“Last year was a challenging time for all of us and now, we get to reconnect and celebrate music, art and community spirit, in person.

“We’re hoping that this year’s live event will set the tone for what is to come over the next couple of years and we’ve teamed up with Diaspora Insurance and Worldremit to give our audience a show to remember in a safe environment.”

Other artists billed to perform include Qounfuzed, Xavier, Shanky and Leonard Mapfumo.

Popular group, Sungura Magic are part of a lineup that will feature Tsungai Tsikirai, Mathias Julius, Ngoni Kambarami, Zizoe Pamyk, Probeatz and DJ Mel and more.

Attendees have been encouraged to take a lateral flow or PCR test before the festival if they have not received their vaccine jab.

Tickets are available at New Theatre Peterborough and can be purchased at the door on the day. For more information contact 07855340649.