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Don Dada

Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada has been awarded the following awards from the Bob Marley founded, Tuff Gong International:

  • A distribution deal – this deal is at a  company level so that Don Dada can extend the opportunity to other Southern African artists through his record label. The track Jah Is Good by Don Dada ft. Seed Under produced by legendary Jamaican based producer was officially released by Tuff Gong International and is available on MTNSA SIMFY and on MTN Music Time.
  • Performed on the prestige ‘CATCH a FIRE’ Bob Marley Tribute Concert on the 6th February 2019 at the Bob Marley Museum.
  • First from Southern Africa to premiere a music video on Tuff Gong YouTube TV
  • Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada is the only artist we know of to have full broadcasting and LIVE streaming capability from his studio.
Don Dada holding left hand to chest reggae colours background



Close to Menelik Nesta Gibbons AKA Don DADA heart is:

  • aligning to the African millennium goals targeting education and job creation with the aim of changing lives’
  • contribute to positive actions focused on unity and advancement
  • Game Changer is about identifying and acting on opportunities, Don Dada’s journey is testimony to that. In his quest to change the status quo for himself and others.
  • Black Pride Builder and Black Excellence


  • Multi-Platinum Award within 4.2 months of release
  • DIGITAL Sales for the period 18th July 2017 –  Dec 2017
  • This is a remarkable achievement as it is unheard of for an unsigned artist in the South Africa industry.

VIVA Mandela

  • GOLD Level Achieved within 2.5mths of release,
  • Platinum on 3 months,
  • Double Platinum in 3.5mth and
  • MULTI- Platinum in 4.2mths
Don Dada in Jamaica next to painted blue true
Don Dada at the Nelson Mandela Coin launch


Don Dada’s original VIVA Mandela song [commissioned by MTNSA] reached Multi-Platinum within a short 4 months of release 19th July 2017 – 31st December 2017!!

  • Only artist with 3 official Mandela tracks [From the Mandela tracks Don Dada donates 10% of digital sales and 10% of royalties to The Nelson Mandela Foundation] :
  1. [Original] VIVA Mandela track released 19th July 2017
  2. VIVA Mandela remix ft Mahotella Queens was released at the Mandela 100 in 2018 held at the Launch stage in Constitutional Hill
  3. Long Live MAMA Winnie Mandela – the tribute he wrote and performed live on the Black Doek memorial stage in Newtown watch the SABC Video [1:32:52 hrs]

Since the UN declared Reggae a protected culture 

  • First from Southern Africa to premiere a music video on TuFF Gong YouTube TV still the only video from Africa on this platform
  • First African artist to perform on the Bob Marley Tribute Concert Stage in Kingston Jamaica 6th February 2019
  • First from Africa to perform on the Jamaica LIVE concert stage (17th Aug 2019) 


  •  Attracted international attention:

1. Watch: LeeRoy Scarlett discusses Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada on Entertainment Plus TV Jamacia  [Listen from 00:06:09]

2. Watch: Montreal Canada Radio Host MC Cool-I talks Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka DON Dada

Mzansi Reggae writes about Don Dada

Don Dada pushes boundaries

Don Dada releases Heal Mama AfriKa

His signature HashTags #UBUNTU #GAMECHANGER #ActionAgainstPoverty #TeamDada #AfricaUnite