Mamelodi Residents Hyped-Up; New Mall Opened Today!

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Mams Mall was officially opened today in Mahube, Mamelodi East. Workers started preparing for the opening and operation of the shops on Tuesday.

“It was hard but exciting when we started preparing on Tuesday, we had a lot of stock to take in and pack and we managed”, said Patience Bethula, one of the workers in Mr Price.

Most of the shoppers around the area looked very happy to be in the mall, lot of them were there to shop, some in the restaurants, and some were even there for movies. There was also entertainment for the kids at the play area includes face painting, free balloons, free hats, music and a magician to entertain the crowd. Free hats were mostly given to shoppers who spent R 200 and more.

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I’m really happy about the mall, they brought us everything we needed, we are not struggling with transport it’s just a walking distance to get here”, said Jane Magoshi from Lusaka.

Her friend who was there to shop also said that they have seen most of the shops and they have everything anyone would want to buy” said Maria Mahlobogoane.

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“I’ve started working today, it’s exciting, the crowd is ok and it doesn’t bother me at all”, said one of the security guards in the mall, Ntsako Hlongwane.

She added that it was challenging to get a job but she managed to get thought as she took a lot of effort to it.

The security confirmed at the time, that there was no crime or violence reported during the busy time of the mall, except for the protest outside the mall which did not affect anyone inside the mall. It is not yet known how many stores are built, how many people are expected to work and how many jobs opportunities available for more people to apply.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

DD Takes 3 Kenyan Cities By Storm

Don Dada was invited to take a 3 city Kenya Concert tour with Jamaican crew- Everton Blender, an award winning Jamaican artist.

Lyla Gibbons confirmed that the tour was successful.

ic-1314This happened after a HipHop4Life #DADAFriday was LIVE on Facebook, Don Dada received and accepted an interview on a Montreal Canada radio – Wadadli Vybz that broadcasts in New York. Jamaica was listening in and that lead to an invite and inclusion of Don Dada and his artist Somalia Mejane aka Seed Under on a very successful 3 city Kenya concert tour with legendary Award winning Jamaican Artist Everton Blender and the Reggae PowerHouse Band.

 

He Continued To Concur

From his tour in Kenya he went to Nombasa on the 15th of September, Nairobi on the 18th of September, Kimusu on the 22nd. He then went to Zimbabwe where he was a panellist for Zim Hip-hop summit 2018. Don Dada in the entertainment industry has achieved a great deal as a Hip-Hop artist and social influencer in South Africa since he made his debut on the 2016 Mandela Day Concert stage.

His Radio segment HipHop4Life #DADAFriday on the 1912OnlineRadio recently celebrated its 1 year anniversary. The Facebook LIVE broadcast has become so popular, it currently has a weekly average of 30k views and attracted viewers in Canada, New York and Jamaica. mandela

 

His original VIVA Mandela song reaching Multi-Platinum within a short 4 months of release.

 

 

“My names, Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada are a true reflection that I am destined for greatness. The name Menelik is derived from King Menelik of Ethiopia direct descended of King Solomon and Queen Sheba.

Don Dada had the privilege of meeting Tata Madiba’s granddaughter
Ndileka Mandela and he managed to give her the 3 singles – Viva Mandela, Viva
Mandela remix ft Mahotella Queens and Long Live Mama Winnie Mandela.

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.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

 

 

Bukra Manana Hosted An Event To Honour Women In SA

IMG-20180812-WA0015Bukra Manana hosted a project called First Ladies Lunch. The event took place on the 09th August 2018 at Bukra Manana Events Venue in Sinoville Pretoria. The hoster and some of his visitors are Mamelodians.

The project was aimed at bringing women of diverse backgrounds for an event will be focusing on self-renewal, and fostering women empowerment, inspiration and provoking conversation that matters to all women. It was celebrated with activities that stimulates women, fellowship and food. Phenomenal speakers were invited at the event to engage in a theme “WOMEN YOU CAN”.

IMG-20180812-WA0009“There was full beffet lunch served and musical entertainment by women singers and give away sponsored by Van Loveren Wines and Miss H. Speakers were Dr Mabuza (Dietician) Ms Dikeledi Sello (HIV activist and Chairperson of Tshwane Wome’s Chamber), Mpho Mathebula Radio Presenter of Hope FM and Tshegofatso Maotwe (Image consultant)”, said Mr Jones Mohlalowa, Marketing and Communications Director of Bukra Manana Events Venue.

According to Mr Jones, the event was very successful in light of the fact that the venue Bukra Manana was not known to many women, the event of this nature were celebrated elsewhere and it was more than what we have expected as organisers. He added that, women’s day is basically for recognisisng the participation of women in the struggle of black emancipation. IMG-20180812-WA0011

As the theme of the event was “Women You Can”. I think it is still fair that the plight of women is still supported. In this way it sends out the message out there to many of stereotyped men who still has a perception of discriminating and oppressing women because of their gender. Bukra Manana’s message to women is that they are strong and capable of being who they want to be. We are proud of the women of South Africa and we will always support the plight of women as Bukras Manana’s Events Venue.

By: Fortunate Machaba

#ConversationWithYou

Howard Zondo together with Mams Radio presenter, Devine today bringing you a talk about ‘Giving Birth’. On the show they are hosting a student from J Kekana who’s soon to be going to the U.S featuring Sibusiso on board. The topic of the day: how you getting pregnant, if you are caring a puppy or an elephant, miscarriage of dreams, abortion of your future and giving the final push!

Listen to the podcast below. Don’t miss out on the next! Stay inspired!

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

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