Fathering the local hip hop game with an authoritative tone as thunderous as the roar of an African Lion, is all personified within the name of South African based rapper Don Dada. Renowned for his deep sounding drawled rap delivery, the Zimbabwean born dreadlocked multi-Platinum certified artist has certainly marked the richly resourceful continent of Africa and his terrain – at least in the Reggae/Hip-Hop sense. With the establishment of the narrative set in a colourful diverse melting pot called the motherland, it would only be appropriate that Don Dada would infuse his variety of sounds as exemplified by his ALKEBULAN and House of Stone albums.
Our interview subject today has certainly started coming to his own as the “Iron Lion in Zion” (pun intended), years after a divinely guided family encounter with Bob Marley (legendary singer of Iron Lion Zion) would predicate a destined career for Don Dada ( real name Menelik Nesta Gibbons). Through God everything has been possible for Don Dada who has been just as indomitable as a Lion, as his single best describes. Also to note; iron was the original precious metal used in biblical times to denote a full day’s worth of work, as fair and equitable compensation in terms of perceived value. With a multi-platinum status under his notch for the Viva Mandela hit single, it seems the spiritual connotations and blessings upon Don Dada’s career seem to manifest. We had the chance to speak to him about his impressive achievements, his origins, his link to the Legendary Bob Marley among a bevy of other things.To loosely quote the infamous colloquial question , let’s find out “ who is your dada (daddy)”?