The Voice UK's Donel Mangena headed to Joburg

2018-08-24 13:00


Donel Mangena
Donel Mangena (Photo: Supplied)

Cape Town - Donel Mangena, who was raised in Zimbabwe, become the talk of millions of viewers of The Voice UK, both in the UK and South Africa when it was shown earlier this year.

17-year old Donel is set to pay a lightning visit to Johannesburg as a guest of ITV Choice, the DStv channel which broadcast The Voice UK 2018, and which will show the 2019 series early next year.

In this year's show, the teen wowed the judges and the audience and scored a standing ovation after his jaw-dropping rendition of Major Lazer and Justin Bieber's Cold Water in the blind audition round, singing parts of the song in his native isiNdebele.

Donel, who now lives in Southampton, barely made it through half his song before all four coaches pressed their buzzers and turned their chairs for the young singer.

Mangena's 77-year-old grandmother Nita, who looked after him in Bulawayo in his younger years, could barely contain her excitement and ran onto the stage, stealing the show with her own dance moves. 


The four coaches - Sir Tom Jones,, Jennifer Hudson and Olly Murs fought over who got to train the young talent, with finally managing to persuade the teen to join his team.

Viewers flocked to Twitter to hail Donel, praising him for his voice and his performance and, although the young singer ultimately came in second, behind eventual winner Ruti Olajugbagbe, it was Donel who stole the series and the hearts of millions.

The talanted young singer credits his father - Bulawayo-born musician and composer Nkosana Mangena who is also known as Mangesto - for his inspiration.

Donel has just released his first single Bang Like a Drum which he debuted on the final epsiode of The Voice Kids UK recently. 


Donel will be a guest at the ITV Choice showcase being held in Sandton on Wednesday where the channel will present all its new shows for the rest of the year including of The Voice UK which will be broadcast on the channel (DStv 123) in January 2019 - once again only 24-hours after the UK transmission. 

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