Don Dada “Viva Mandela” live at the 4th Annual Golden Mic Sessions

Don Dada Live on Stage

“Viva Mandela” by Don Dada is an official 2017 Mandela day song to pay homage to the late world icon.

Every year on 18 July the world celebrates birthday of the late former South African president and world renowned icon Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. This year is no different and Hip Hop artist Don Dada is celebrating with the release of his official 2017 Mandela Day song titled Viva Mandela exclusively available as an MTN CallerTune and also available for streaming and downloads on all major music platforms. The 30-year-old singer recently released his first album Avant Garde with the first single coincidentally released on Mandela Day in 2016. This brought inspiration and added to the task of writing a Mandela tribute song. While the song is Madiba-themed and inspired by the book “MANDELA LONG WALK TO FREEDOM,” it has a distinct Dada flavor incorporating hip-hop and reggae.

“Viva Mandela” was recorded at Don Dada’s studio and record label, RuFF CuTT Studio and was produced by Super Producer Rapz and coordinated by RasMoe. Don Dada stuck to his Johannesburg roots by featuring a versatile female artist Seed_Under and Phiwe Romeo Phekana his close friend. The recording of the Viva Mandela track, however, was a four-day process and unlike most songs about Tata Madiba, Dada decided to make his special song upbeat. When asked about the type of the song made Dada retorted “Most of the Mandela songs are sad and I wanted to make mine more upbeat. I wanted to change the way we think about the man who brought freedom to South Africans”.

Golden Mic Sessions 2016


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