Humanitarian, RuFF CuTT Studio owner and multi-platinum record selling South African Reggae/Hip-Hop artist Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada released two new singles, “Unity” featuring Jessica Mbangeni and “No More” available on all digital services worldwide and distributed by Tuff Gong International.
Reggae music, draws significant influence and inspiration from Marcus Garvey‘s legacy, life and works. Marcus Mosiah Garvey was a Jamaican political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator whose social activism was steeped in the upliftment of “Africa for Africans” dispelling the concept that an African can be considered as a foreigner in Africa. The singles Unity and No More were birthed on the back drop of these founding philosophies. Don Dada’s debut performance of the singles was at the inaugural Marcus Garvey Unity Concert in February 2022.
Unity and No More look for healing and moving forward eliminating social ills and uniting to become stronger together as well as serving as a reminder to build and protect our women, children and communities.
Unity – Don Dada featuring Jessica Mbangeni
Don Dada features Jessica Mbangeni, one of South Africa’s most sought-after female Imbongi (praise singer) who has made her mark in a male dominated cultural terrain.
No More – Don Dada
No More delivers a stern message that social ills cannot be left to fester in the dark while highlighting that change is necessary.
No more jealousy, envy, hate pon the street No more, war and bloodshed peace wat we seek No more tears and violence the people need relief And the children need to eat and the familes need to sleep
Invoking the role of this ancient tradition bringing the feeling, vibes and soul of Africa into the song, the beats for both songs were produced by Kingbossman from Zimbabwe, utilizing different styles of Reggae in production to achieve a distinctive sound blending dub, one drop, hip-hop and traditional African sounds to achieve the impactful melodies of both songs respectively.
Through his works, Don Dada pioneers a new generation of hope as he shares his songs calling for Africans at home and across the diaspora to rise up and unite.
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About Don Dada
Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada is continuously pushing boundaries, changing the norm, quickly moving beyond static thinking by reinventing the game. He is fast becoming an industry thought leader by breaking tradition and creating ground-breaking possibilities for growth for himself and others in the music business.
Don Dada in the entertainment industry has a lot of energy, enthusiasm and positivity, and with this boldness and unwavering passion for Africa to RISE, has not only achieved a great deal as a Reggae/Hip-Hop artist and social influencer but also as someone who wants to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Don Dada’s vision of united Africans is simply to encourage the youth at home and abroad to step into their destiny without fear and continue shining the light through education and unity.
Don Dada has grown his Reggae/Hip-Hop career; established himself as a social entrepreneur, motivational speaker, radio host and an events emcee, who realized early in his life that he wanted to pursue a purpose driven life. With his vision to encourage the youth, Don Dada continues to ‘breath life through music.’