Trevor Dongo has remained steadfast even when he hit turbulence on a number of occasions he never lost the ground. earGROUND decided to dig deep into some of the traits and survival strategies that have sustained the cool crooner from Highfield, Harare.

The last week of August each year is the most festive and longest period of social gathering, interaction, entertainment and celebration in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare [and also in other towns] outside of the annual Christmas holiday. Sadly this year marks the first time since independence that this period has experienced a no-show due to the Covid_19 global pandemic.

The Covid_19 induced lockdown has seen a sharp growth in consumption of creative content online. Artists, musicians to be specific are not going to be able to do live audience performances in many countries, not any time soon. This could drag for longer than we think. Therefore the internet becomes the centre stage. Artists have to market and distribute their products online and importantly make money off it.

Our failure to re-imagine coupled with our undying love for anything foreign poses a great threat on the great wealth of authentically Zimbabwean music legacy created by the late Dr. Oliver Mtukudzi, the Bundu Boys, Ilanga, Master Chivero, Chiwoniso Maraire, Lovemore Majaivana, Fortune Muparutsa, the Runn Family, Dorothy Masuka, Thomas Mapfumo, Paul Matavire, Edwin Hama, Andy Brown and many more amazing sons and daughters of Zimbabwe. These artists created signature music that will live for generations to come, songs whose messages still resonate with today and tomorrow.