HARARE – “Dreams do come true….To God be the glory,” wrote promising Afro-fusion musician Sam Dondo on his Facebook Wall on March 25.
He had just released his debut album Dyara Minamato — and was taking the first steps towards a plunge into the unforgiving but rewarding showbiz industry in which music has the largest share of the cake.
Three weeks later, April 15, Dondo held a unique but spectacular launch show in which he was supported by trailblazing music stars that included Oliver Mtukudzi, Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah, Winky D and Suluman Chimbetu.
A month after that show, Dondo makes his plunge into the music world this weekend when he holds two shows in Harare.
This comes as Dyara Minamato gets noticeable support in the cut-throat industry which is battling the vagaries of a hostile economy.
Dondo will hold his first show at the Volt on Friday where he will feature Gary Tight.
The lanky musician is backed by the Impala Subway Crooners, an ensemble that has old and new blood alike.
On Saturday, Dondo will take his act to Bar Rouge at Long Cheng Plaza where he will be supported by award-winning songstress Cindy Munyavi.
The fledgling musician is not fazed by his majestic entry into the showbiz industry during his star-studded launch at Alex Sports Club.
“I am ecstatic and looking forward to rocking Harare this weekend,” Dondo told the Daily News yesterday.
“The choice of partnerships is driven by the urge to rise with others and from appreciation of the perfect work that others have done. Gary has shown that he has what it takes while Cindy is appreciated more in many countries yet we haven’t had enough of her here,” Dondo said.
Dondo has been tipped for the big time by Jah Prayzah whose own rise to stardom was not an overnight job.
Dyara Minamato reflects an artiste who is determined to succeed — at least judging by the profiles of people involved on his debut project.
The Impala Subway Crooners consist of Munya Viya, Freedom Manatsa, Tatenda Viya, Trust Samende, Lithiens Musoni, Evidence “Generator” Mudzingo, Dorcas Kambami and Beatrice Matewere.
The album was recorded by Munya Viya who is also a member of Oliver Mtukudzi’s Black Spirits band.
With the exception of Kambami and Matewere, Dondo’s band has experienced and confident members with a proven track record which borders on success.