Hip-hop artist Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada, a fast growing artist continues to manifest his career in the music industry. Today Mamelodi Happenings is continuing to celebrate his success and achievements. Don Dada had numerous achievements for the year 2018.
Speaking of 2018 achievements, Viva Mandela track – certified Multi-platform with 4 months of release (19th July 2017 -31st December 2017) since the beginning of 2018.
-On the 23rd of April 2018 he launched his Viva Mandela ft The Mahotella Queen on the official Mandela 100 Day on stage at Constitutional Hill.
-He accomplished a tribute track Long Live Mama Winnie Mandela ft Afripella choir and he was privileged to perform it on the first Black Deok memorial service held in Newton.
-His Hip-Hop4life radio segments online FB Live moved from 20k views per episode and that also attracted international attention.
-The international attention open doors for new and great opportunity where Don was invited to a 3 city Kenya concert tour with legendary Award Winning Everton Blender and Reggae Power House Band. The track Jah is good track supported by Bob Marley’s *Tuff Gong International distribution will be available digitally.According to Lyla Gibbons, Don Dada is the first in Africa to be offered such a deal.
-He released his first reggae EP titles 24 hours and had interviews on both local and international countless radio stations. On top of all his experience, he was invited in Zimbabwe Hip-Hop Summit 2018 as a panelist.
This year 2019:
-His Jah Is Good single and music video will be available commercially via Tuff International Distribution on Friday the 4th January 2019.
-He received an official invite from Reggae Power House Band to perform his Jah Is Good Track on the 2019 edition of Bob Marley’s birthday tribute concert in Jamaica.
After so much he has accomplished in 2018 and beginning of 2019, Don Dada is planning a tour for USA/Canada tour within the first quarter of 2019. There’s still more coming from a dedicated and committed fast-growing artist.
One of our own Tomic Sibiya, Mamelodi artist known as DJ Crucial fighting his way through to the top!
One his track called Modouva, Mamelodi Lingo and Pitori Taal rocks in Germany Central Town. “Music is an international language, we just touched in Germany, it’s good to see a song rise from the dusty streets of Mamelodi East and take a stroll in Germany Central Town”, said DJ Crucial.
His friend, Jabu Mdaka (Jabu The Celeb), who went to Germany for a sport (football freestyler) competition assisted in getting the track on the streets of Germany. According to Jabu The Celeb, most people liked the track, especially his international friends which got the track popular.
“I was playing the song on the background while I was with my friends and they liked it, I haved shared and exchanged the track with some of them digitally. I personally liked the track and took intiative to share with Germany and international friends”, said Jabu.
DJ Crucial wish to motivate others. On his statement he encouraged them to stay focused and humble and he that knows will always make a way. He also thanked for the public’s support and critics on the track and mention that their post and shares means a future to them. The team is looking forward to distribute the track internationally and ensure its availability on the online store.
Bhubezi Pride Foundation Team of 14 volunteers visited Mamelodi to teach the kids about rugby and life skills. The team started their programme with the kids on Monday and today was their last day as well as antournament day for the kids. “We are here to give the kids life skills through sports, so they can live those life skills outside the field, we are coaching from kids aged 10 – 15 years old but other the kids who showed up are from 4 years of age and we are still happy to accommodate them into this programme”, said Sofia Domingos, project manager of the group.
She added that when they started, they started off with 5o kids on Monday and more kids started coming until they reached about 150 kids. She mentioned that South Africa is amazing and being in Mamelodi is a great experience to come as rugby coaches and players, and it is also good for the kids to get different experience, skills and knowledge from different people. Some kids never played rugby before and we encourage them to keep participating in sports.
Sophia said that doing sports is what she loves, and coming into communities gives her an opportunity to connect with the kids and local rugby coaches, she’s leaning about different cultures and enjoying with the kids. Stanza Bopape Rugby Club founder, Peter Moyo was part of the programme as a representative of local rugby coaches. “It is a great initiative, they are keeping the kids away from the streets, they are getting fed and more knowledge about rugby. He added that South Africa need more foundations like Bhubezi to encourage kids to take part in sports. G4S sponsored the programme for the first time in Mamelodi, although it has partnered with Bhubezi Pride for six years to run the programme in nine countries across east and southern Africa.
“We have seen the power of sports that is bringing the communities together, we are teaching the kids about rugby as well as PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Enjoyment), we do life skills, safety programmes with the kids and local coaches, we use rugby as a platform to communicate with the kids.
We are also hoping to extend this programme into other communities like Soshanguvhe and Thembisa, said Wendy Hardy, the communications consultant for G4S South Africa. The kids will at the end of the programme receive medals. The team is looking forward to run their next programme in Botswana.