Tateni Took 10 Girls To ZambiBush

Tateni Took 10 Girls To ZambiBush

IMG_1400Tateni Youth Development Team took 10 girls to ZambiBush Resort, in Pretoria on Saturday.

The girls were from Ikamvayouth, who is in partnership with Tateni. They assist the youth with improving their high school marks.

Tateni decided to take them out for a day to celebrate their achievements despite the challenges they face as young people.

“We are here to celebrate their victory as they have managed to pass although they’re from a disadvantaged background”, said Kegomoditswe Mosiane, Youth Development Manager. IMG_1406

 

According to the girls and the staff, they had a very impressive day together, starting from the view of the resort as well as the activities around the area and they are looking forward to have more trips with the youth from Mamelodi to empower and encourage them throughout their studies.

 

“It was a lovely outings. The event was a success and it is great that we put a smile on their face and be able to make a difference in our youth”, said Julia Ratlhogo, Youth Development Coordinator.

By: Fortunate Machaba

The Story Behind Menelik Gibbons

The Story Behind Menelik Gibbons

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“Sound is a wave, music is sound, there’s a place for everyone……”I AM THAT GAME CHANGER”, said Menelik Dada.

The storyline behind Don Dada is impressive, I think it encourages:

Entrepreneurial thinking and growth to change the African unemployment rate, a change in organisations where brand ambassadors and endorsement are afforded to those who are already successful to a blended approach of supporting entrance with winning attitudes – “we must give hope to our young generation”. Passion, perseverance, dedication and commitment combined with a plan that is executed is really a true story line that ends with success. As Dada correctly puts it, he said that ‘You are what you do”. 

Knowing the difficulties of entering the industry, in a bid to support other up-and-coming artists Dada has taken on a young artist that he is mentoring, Seed_Under a female rapper from PE. Dada debut Seed Under in her hometown on the 16th of December 2016 and went on to have her perform alongside him on an international stage. Dada marvels at the significance of his debut on the MTN Mandela Day Tribute Concert and his debuting Under Seed on the MadibazRadio on Reconciliation day the becoming the 2017 Mandela song artist adding ‘Yeah, my grind is validated by The Most High’. 

He’s currently fighting for breakthrough! knowing that his journey will inspire others as an independent artist that has had to continuously reinvent how things are done and push himself to get to this stage. Don Dada feels that he is standing on his own as a people’s champ. “I care about the soul of the next person and I want to make everyone comfortable with my talent,” said Dada. He added that he has been studying the game for a while and now he’s ready to make his move, “this is my year’ declares Dada. His statement rings true as he made his debut on the MTN Mandela Day Tribute Concert stirring the crowd with songs that they, and he was hearing for the first time – Good Way to go Don!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Don Dada Shares His Journey With Mamelodi Happenings

Don Dada Shares His Journey With Mamelodi Happenings

Don Dada To Bring A Unique Voice To Local Hip-Hop

As we all know that most rappers tend to be high pitched as they spit rhymes, not the laidback Dada – you can call him the Barry White of rappers.

PTM_8627Menelik Nesta Gibbons, 30 has an eclectic if not eccentric life which translates beautifully in his music. He was brought up by a Rastafarian father and Christian mother and was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, migrated to South Africa at the age of 5 and grew up in Turffontein south of Johannesburg. He’s found his musical home in rap and not reggae. However, inevitably, reggae seeps into his musical arsenal as he makes hip hop.

In 2016 after well over a decade of making unofficial tracks and working in the background, Dada decided it was his turn to shine! Together with his dad RasMoe the registered a company RuFF CuTT Studio and with the basic of equipment working from his bedroom, he set the wheels in motion.

 Don Dada released his first registered single WANT THAT on April 2016 and while busy with his promo tours he applied to perform on the MTN Mandala Day Tribute Concert. He was approved and allocated a six minutes but the problem was that he only had a  three minutes song. That did not faze him! He accepted then got into action to complete the second song to fill that time slot. In two weeks the second song was registered with RICA / SAMRO and available for download on MTN Network.

Don Dada made his debut on the 2016 MTN Mandela Day Tribute Concert, dropping the new song PHESHE PHAYA on stage and received a positive response from the crowd.  From the MTN Mandela Concert stage Dada worked with SuperProducerRapz they completed the full AVANT GARDE Album is less than 3 days! This album is available on all digital platforms worldwide.

In 2017, Don Dada decided to pushing the boundaries further heading to Zimbabwe to promote his album. Within 7 days his album was playing on the 3 mainstream national stations and Don Dada was featuring on the front page of the top selling paper on a Sunday and the middle spread of another paper!

PTM_8899Dada was still basking in the success of the Zimbabwe tour when he received an offer from Content Connect Africa to do the 2017 Mandela song! Dada accepted as he felt that the man who gave his life to freedom for others needed to be celebrated – this fuelled the birth of his VIVA Mandela song supported by CCA, MTN and has relevant Nelson Mandela Foundation permissions. Unlike his usual speed to produce Dada took a few days starting by reading Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ and using extracts of that journey to create a song that can be used to tell that story.

The VIVA Mandela song quickly gained momentum and Dada was invited by the ANC Johannesburg Region 1912Radio to spend Mandela Day and join their team 60min Mandala initiative. His AVANT Garde album also gained momentum in Zimbabwe, leading to an invite to perform on the Shooting Stars Concert stage opening for a Jamaican artist Darmaco aka Kon Kong on 26th August 2017.

The concert in Zimbabwe industry communicated ‘An Historic Event’ of two major Jamaican Artists performing on different stages on the same night. Post performing to an estimated 6300, Dada’s popularity increased as he captured the Zimbabwe audience and while still in Zimbabwe, he received the offer to start his own weekly Hip – Hop segment on the 1912Radio. Dada as usual full of confidence agreed to the opportunity even though the mandate was a launch date of the 1st of September 2017 leaving him with four days to put a program together that included having guests to interview.

Dada managed to pull off a very successful launch of this segment which he named HipHop4Life #DadaFriday. To differentiate form traditional radio programs Dada added a facebook live footage and a youtube video of the full 2hr audio/visual show.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Tateni Looking Forward To Celebrate Heritage

Tateni Looking Forward To Celebrate Heritage

Tateni Community Centre is looking forward to celebrate Heritage Day. They chose to celebrate it on the 29th of September with children at the Drop-In centres. They are expecting less than nine children out of  10 Drop – In centres that they have in Mamelodi. both in East and the West side. Teachers are expected to wear clothes of their culture that day. The event is going to take place at Sediba Sa Thuto Primary School in Mamelodi East. More updates to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba

First Day At Entrepreneurs And Life Skills Class

Today has been an amazing day!

I woke up lazy and didn’t want to do anything for the entire day. Have you ever felt that way?

Well that was me today. Having in mind that I have goals to achieve for the day kept me going. If I haven’t had goals planned I would have spent my day at home of which doesn’t help. Zine Nkukwana once said “you can do this, you got this!” and I can see that no matter how hard it is I can do this and I’ve got this. I take these words everywhere I go. I have joined the entrepreneur and life skills class at Impendulo Foundation in Nelmapius.

During my lessons today, my tutor spoke about maturity…that age doesn’t make you young or old but it depends on whether you’re matured or not. Self talk is very important. I totally agree with her. I never liked seeing adults behaving like 12 year olds! Imagine you’re walking on the street or in a taxi heading to your important meeting, someone approach you pretending to be looking for time and only to find out that he’s trying to chat you up? What a f***. It’s a different story when I’m bored and want to laugh. haha

Are we not getting better of doing things? Think about this, we have 20 days excluding weekends a month, if we learn one thing everyday, imagine how much knowledge we can gain everyday. It’s a lot right?

Time is precious and no one has ever learnt to replace it. Make sure you make use of time you get. Like myself, I am a very busy lady and when ever I get time I read my novels, spend time with family and have fun because I know that if I won’t make use of this time I have, I will never get another time soon to do all this. By the way…my life skills class made me aware of this. Not that I wasn’t aware but because sometimes is not that you don’t know something but you just never take it into consideration and that is important to consider important things in your life.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Does It Worth To Miss Work For Nothing?

Does It Worth Missing Work For Nothing?

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I woke up this morning, as clueless as I was. Prepared for work. I had no idea what was going on. I put the radio on just so I catch up with news before work. As I was listening, I heard them talking about taxi strike that was also going to affect Mamelodi. In my mind, I’m like.. dude I’m ready for work and you telling me about taxi’s strike, really?

I continued anyway. When I got ready I heard the same news about taxi drivers going to match at the Union Buildings to hand in their memorandum. I just ignored it and packed my lunch and waited outside for the taxi. It took me 20 minutes but I told myself that I’m going to work no matter what happens.

When I got in the taxi I just laughed and asked myself, what strike is it on?. I got to work ok and I asked one of my journalist friend if the strike is still on. I was surprised to hear that it was cancelled!

Imagine if I missed a good time at work. It’s so much fun here. I love voluntary work, getting to help other people with growth, ideas and all that, it’s amazing. Looking forward to grow myself as well. I just like being busy..if I live a busy life then I will have no time to worry much about other things. And not forgetting that hard work pays!

By: Fortunate Machaba