THE Voice UK star Donel Mangena wants to be an inspiration to a generation through his music career and has set his sights on surpassing global super stars such as Chris Brown and Usher.
In doing that, Donel says he wants Zimbabweans to be proud of their country wherever they are in the world.
Speaking from his grandmother, Nita Mangena’s home in Bulawayo’s Old Luveve suburb, Donel -who is in the country to visit family – said coming second in the highly rated The Voice UK only gave him the drive to be a better musician and performer.
He said he sees himself being better than global superstars such as Usher and Chris Brown and wants to be like the late pop star Michael Jackson.
“I want them to say it not only on a small scale but on a global scale, like a Michael Jackson scale. Inside my head I want to be better than Chris Brown and Jason derulo. I know I can get there through plea and support and everything. I have a drive which i want to show something. Even if We came second on The particular Voice UK, I wish to show that you will always show up top in the end. I want to be an inspiration and an icon that individuals can look up to. We want to be the best that anyone has ever seen. I want someone who’s at college and they are requested who they want to be plus they say Donel, ” he said.
Donel said his other wish was for the people of Zimbabwe to be proud of where offered from regardless of where they are on the planet.
“Not many Zimbabweans in the united kingdom are proud to be Zimbabwean, but when I arrived up on The Tone of voice, that’s when they arrived out and said they are from Zimbabwe. Therefore I said to personally, basically carry on doing this and on a larger scale, more people will be proud to be Zimbabwean and more people will be proud and inspired. I want to make Zimbabwe a location that individuals aspire to come to. There’s amazing music and wonderful food, ” said Donel.
After blazing the stage on The Tone of voice UK and impressing the world, Donel was requested to perform for Full Elizabeth II during the girl 93rd birthday celebrations.
With regard to Donel, this shows how far God has used him.
“Seeing how much God has brought me in life has made me personally appreciate what I have because sometimes you can take things without any consideration. Right after I finished performing for the Queen, that was once i said wow, We just mixed dough. It does not kick in until later on when you start reliving it. And also you start considering, wow this actually happened, ” he said.
At the age of 16, Donel has had his fair bit of fame in a short space of time but his family keeps him grounded.
“My family and God help me handle fame. I’m a strong believer in Christ and I feel that it is what’s keeping me on my feet. Also the friends that I have as well. I don’t have useless friends, I have ones who actually care about me and wish me well, ” said Donel.
He said he met Nasty C in the UK and South Africa last week and admired how women were screaming the SA rapper’s name.
Although Donel is grounded, the young man said he would like to enjoy the perks of being famous and wants a slice of that once in a while. When Donel landed at the Joshua Mqabuko International Airport last week, fans who recognised him took time to take selfies with him and get autographs.
“I’m walking in town and people notice me with a hat on. I’m thinking, I’m in a different country and people notice me and in less than a year. I want to be the person all over the world that young kids look up to. I met Nasty C when I was coming here. I saw girls screaming for him and I was like, I want girls from all over the world to scream for me too, ” said Donel.
Being back home for Donel is a time for him to reconnect with his grandmother who was all smiles during Chronicle Showbiz’s visit.
It’s been 10 years since he was at the Old Luveve home and Donel said it was good to be home and seeing his grandmother.
“In the UK everyone thinks it’s amazing for my grandmother and I to have such a connection, but when you come to Zimbabwe, it’s a relationship that every grandchild has. It’s be good to come back and it’s nice to see that individuals appreciate the girl as well, ” said Donel.
During his visit, Donel was spotted at Red Café with his father Nkosana Mangena.
This individual also appeared on Atmosphere Metro FM’s Vuka Vuka breakfast show yesterday.