8 March 2019
South Africa based reggae and hip-hop artiste, Menelik Nesta ‘Don Dada ‘Gibbons, has inked a distribution deal with Tuff Gong International.
Tuff Gong International is a record label founded by Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley in 1965 and it is one of the largest Caribbean studios, which continues to attract international and artistes, producers and tourists.
Speaking from his base in South Africa, Don Dada said:
“This is history becoming one of the (few) artistes from Africa to sign a Tuff Gong deal.
“I was presented with an offer to perform at the Bob Marley Tribute Concert on February 6, in Jamaica (at Bob Marley’s house) through the Reggae Power House Band.
“This offering is a major milestone for Southern Africa and Ruff CuTT Studio and we are hoping that our participation would create future opportunities for Southern Africa entertainers, creating employment.
“Our main impact is the timing of which we received the formal invites from Jamaicans as that has not given us much planning space.”
Added Don Dada:
“We are hoping that given the magnitude of the offering and the potential business this could avail that we can be afforded the costs support.
“This is a life changing opportunity we would sorely love to take full advantage of but Ruff CuTT Studio are in desperate need for full sponsorship.
“We want to open the doors to the world for Southern Africa,” he said.
Last year in September 2018, Don Dada was selected for an interview in Canada which led to opportunities.
“Last year I was selected for an interview at Canada Radio Wadadli Vybz that broadcasts into New York.
“LeeRoy Scarlet owner of Reggae Power House Banda Jamaica was listening from Jamaica and that interview led to a performance tour of Kenya fully sponsored by Canada and a distribution contract with Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong for my new single Jah is God.”
“I went on a successful Kenya concert with my artist Somalia ‘Seed_Under’ Mejane and met legendary Award winning Jamaican Artist Everton Blender and the Reggae PowerHouse Band.”
According to Don Dada the song about Winnie Mandela was a breakthrough.
“The track ‘Long Live Mama Winnie Mandela’ featuring Afripella is a tribute to a fierce legendry freedom fighter. 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,” he added.
Don Dada has achieved a great deal as a reggae and hip-Hop artist and social influencer since he made his debut on the 2016 Mandela Day Concert stage.