Mamelodi Happenings Celebrates DON DADA’s Achievements – VIVA Mandela song reaching DOUBLE Platinum within a short 4 months of release!!

 

DADA2 (1)Menelik Nesta Gibbons, known as Don Dada celebrated his VIVA Mandela song reaching DOUBLE Platinum within a short 4 months of release. That is amazing!

An achievement that must not be undermined as there is speculation that it is a possible ‘industry first’ as it is unheard of for an indie artist to achieve double platinum within four [4] months of releasing a track.

BREATHING LIFE THROUGH MUSIC

Over the years Don Dada has added quite a list of accolades to his professional portfolio, notable including after decades of unofficial songs and working on others productions, in April 2016 Don Dada decided to step into his next phase and released his first registered singles WANT THAT and Pheshe Phaya which he performed on the Mandala Day Tribute Concert. From the Mandela Concert stage Dada went straight into his studio and completed the full AVANT GARDE Album is less than 3 days (the album is available on digital platforms worldwide).

In 2017 he pushed the boundaries further and promoted his album in Zimbabwe. It was during this tour that he received an offer through Content Connect Africa to do the 2017 Mandela song. This fuelled the birth of his VIVA Mandela song supported by CCA, MTNSA and has relevant Nelson Mandela Foundation permissions.

Don Dada feels that he was again destined to link with the 1912Radio where is spent 2017 Mandela day on air chatting about his track and together with the 1912Radio spending the 60minutes cleaning the streets and serving snacks to the public this forming a strong bond and decision to join the 1912Radio starting his own weekly Hip-Hop segment called HipHop4Life #DadaFriday in September 2017. 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 In-house Broadcasting Capability’ You should catch his HipHop4Life #DadaFriday 18h00 – 20h00, this show currently boosts an average of 15k views per session. 

He released the remix of his platinum ‘VIVA Mandela’ ft the legendary Mahotella Queens. He debuts this remix on the prestige Mandela Day 2018 launch stage held in Constitutional Hill. This is Don Dada’s thoughts on making VIVA Mandela and working with the Queens. VIVA Mandela Don Dada thoughts:

https://youtu.be/KYUggyk9uhsHumbled: https://youtu.be/xFsgW77BVmI

 

Don Dada has an amazing and inspiring narrative with achievements that are a rarity and are extraordinary for an independent artist, it gives hope and encourages commitment, dedication and perseverance. Don Dada interacts with schools and communities and is putting all efforts into becoming a self-made success as his  #ActionAgainstPoverty making him an opportune candidate to inspire the youth target market. Don Dada this is a narrative of tolerance, generations working together and that talks to Tata Nelson Mandela ideals and legacy.

The ‘VIVA Mandela’ remix choice of featuring the legendary Mahotella Queens is the symbol of, generations can work together to achieve the same goal, like the late Tata Nelson Mandela our Mahotella Queens are South Africans yet global icons and a song that will appeal to multiple generations.

The track ‘Long Live Mama Winnie Mandela’ featuring Afripella is a tribute to a fierce legendary freedom fighter and Mother of our nation. Mama Winnie is our history, I really wanted to be a part of that history and like Mama, I wanted to expand that opportunity to others by taking them along on that journey, I wanted people to experience the journey while I  break the notion of ‘each man for his own’ in this industry”, said Don Dada. He added that the selection of a big choir very talented choir fulfilled this desire, Afripella are young committed, dedicated, hardworking musicians that deserve to be heard. He also mentioned that he is really thankful that they shared his sentiments and realised the dream. Thank you Mama, your work continues.

Don’s music is available on all digital platforms globally. Find him on social media @dondadamusic!

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

Don Dada Released & Performed Mama Winnie’s ‘Tribute’ Song

IMG-20180410-WA0014Menelik 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:

IMG-20180410-WA0017In 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

Siyabonga Encourages Model Intrinsic Motivation

27482a9a-46d7-4301-870c-c00a86cc15ddSiyabonga Sofala, a 16 year old model, encourages self motivation and confidence in the modelling environment. She discovered her passion in modelling while she was in forth grade performing her first pageant called love at first site. She later joined Miss Mamelodi Finalist this year, 2018. “I did not win, but I’m happy for the winner”, said Siyabonga Sofala. She added that it was fun, she had a great experience and she got to meet new people. “I’ve always told myself that in life there will always be winners and losers, there’s saying that I always reflect on, saying “quitters will never be winners and winners will never be quitters”, It also helps to have a supporting team including my family and friends who were always there, encouraging me, telling me that I’m a winner no matter what”, said Siyabonga. Siyabonga made it clear that it is not easy to get into the modelling industry, as a model you need to be self motivated, have discipline and confidence with your own body, have to be a hard worker and know that you are not always going to win and be prepared for disappointments and lastly love yourself the way you are and change for no one or anything.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Happening Congratulates Artist Of The Week!

IMG-20180301-WA0019 A DIFFERENT VOICE…

…TO RAP, with his booming baritone! Don Dada brought an unusual voice to local Hip hop. Most rappers tend to be high pitched as they spit rhymes, not the laidback Dada, you can call him the Barry White of rappers. His single VIVA MANDELA has on Thursday, 22 February 2018, awarded RISA certified Gold Award for sales achieved from the July 2017 release to September 2017 in 2.5 months! That’s a Massive achievement!

Don Dada had mentioned that his birth names and aka Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada destine him for greatness, looking at this facts below: IMG_0138

  • Menelik after King Menelik of Ethiopia direct descended of King Solomon and Queen Sheba
  • Nesta after Bob Nesta Marley who Don Dada’s mother met on the streets of Zimbabwe in 1980 when Bob Marley performed his [Bob] song ‘Zimbabwe’ in celebration of the 1980 Zimbabwe independence.
  • DonBoss of bosses and Dada – Jamaican [Patwa] version of DON. Ironically named after Bob Marley who performed the song Zimbabwe for the 1980 Zimbabwe Independence celebrations and 38 years later on what most consider the next independence, Don Dada’s Zimbabwe Kubatana song that has been officially recognized in Zimbabwe as 1 0f 4 songs released with Zimbabwe Kubatana the only one performed on the night of the 2017 inauguration on the HICC platform.

 

DSC_0113Don Dada has an eccentric life which translates beauty in his music. He was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, migrated to South Africa at the age of 5 and grew up in Turffontein south of Johannesburg.

He has never cut his hair and his long dreadlocks, hence you see it running over a metre and some centimetres. He’s found his musical home in rap and not reggae. However, inevitably, reggae seeps into his musical arsenal as he makes hip hop. There’s a lot more achievements coming his way just sit back and watch!

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Modelling Classes Start In February

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Mamelodi Models Agency classes will opened on the 3rd  of February 2018. It is not yet confirmed about the venue. The event is expected to start at 11 am until 2pm. IMG-20180130-WA0005 The Agency will be offering classes every Saturday of each week for three months. The classes will focus on pose techniques, walking lessons, model mindset in the industry and general encouragement as well as inspiration. “The registration for the classes will be R50 which will keep them from paying for the first Saturday. Each week they will be charged R 20”, said Motlagomang Malesa, co-founder of the agency. Models, aspiring models are welcome to the event as well as the public. He added that every model is expected to bring their own pair of high heels. Fashion show coming up soon. The date is not yet confirmed. For more information regards to the Agency contact the management on 0747042362.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Artist Of The Week Who’s Soon To Go To USA.

Some call him Lucas, others call him Edgar and I call him Marvin but this guy’s name is The MEL!

2018-01-19-PHOTO-00050704Meet The Mamelodi Happenings Artist Of The Week The MEL (Marvin Edgar Lucas) from Mamelodi East, BufferZone. He started singing when he was only 7 years old and fell in love with Hip-pop when he was 10 years old. He started singing with his sister Margaret. He writes his own rhymes and choruses. Nothing ever stopped him from there on. Mamelodi is his first song that he released on SoundCloud in 2015 and is actually the most streamed songs he released until this day. The MEL is working on releasing his first album and planning a tour to America in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture and if the DAC agree to fund him and which is yet to be confirmed. “I’m planning to go to America tour and if the right people at the DAC agree to fund the tour it will be an honor and a huge achievement on my side”, said Marvin. He once performed in Washington DC at open mic which inspired him to do more. He also performed at the South African State Theater in Pretoria, Cappelos at Sunny Park, The Village in Mamelodi, Fashion Show in Soshanguve to name few. His late brother, Cecil Lukas is and has always been his inspiration. His brother was a rapper and when Marvin was young, he would guide him and sometimes even battle with him to see if he was growing lyrically. “He was a true inspiration, basically his love for Hip-pop has passed on to me. Recently, The MEL released the following songs, Say My Name, Street Impact and Ceilings.

By: Fortunate Machaba