Menelik Nesta Gibbons, also known as Don Dada has released Ma Winnie Madikizela Mandela’s song titled ‘Long Live Mama Winnie Mandela’ on Friday, 06 April 2018, and performed at the memorial service in Newtown. The ‘tribute song’ was in respect of celebrating the life of a remarkable women.
“There are more lessons from Mama Winnie left for us, but the ones that are standing out the most for me is never cowering on your beliefs, always stand for what you believe in even if at times it seem impossible. Mama Winnie’s love for the youth, everything that Mama did was dedicated in uplifting the youth and communities and I think that’s something that speaks very deeply for me because I believe in it so much that the youth is our future”, said Don Dada.
He added that when he was writing the song he felt the sense of pride because there is no many artist in the world that gets the opportunity to write a song about a global icon like Mama Winnie, he also said he felt a tinge of sadness as he was writing it, he hope that people will feel the same way, if the appreciation of what Mama Winnie went through and did for the nation.
Don Dada has achieved a great deal as a Hip-Pop artist and a social influencer in south Africa. He has a lot of energy, enthusiastic and positive, with this boldness and unwavering passion for his work. He has not only achieved those mentioned but also as someone who wants to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Don Dada’s vision is to encourage the youth to step into their destiny without a fear and continue shining the light through education.
Having called South Africa home during his formative years, Don Dada has grown Hip-pop career, established himself as a social entrepreneur, motivational speaker and an event MC, who realised early in his life that he wanted to pursue a purpose driven life.
Breaking down his achievements over the years:
In April 2016 he released his first registered single called ‘WANT THAT’ and performed on Mandela Day Tribute Concert. From the concert, he completed the full AVANT GARDE Album in less than 3 days, (the album is available in digital platforms worldwide). In 2017 he pushed the boundaries further and promoted his album in Zimbabwe and received an offer through Content Connect Africa to do the 2017 Mandela song. This fueled the birth of his VIVA Mandela song supported by CCA, MTNSA and has relevant Nelson Mandela Foundation permission. He also received an offer to start his own weekly Hip-pop segment called Hip-pop4life #DadaFriday.
By the 2nd week of the show in his true Dada#GameChanger style, Dada convinced the 1912Radio to transform Ruff CuTT Studio to include broadcasting and now claims the title “First Artist with Active Inhouse Broadcasting Capability”. Catch his Hip-pop4Life#DadaFriday 18hoo-20ho.
Don Dada aims at change the statutes for himself and others by defeating limitations such as lack finance through driving education, empowerment and entrepreneurship. Having had the opportunity and blessing to ‘breath life to others’ through music , Don Dada continues to strive for success and give a helping hand to those who struggle to sustain themselves in the industry.
By: Fortunate Machaba