South Africa-based Zimbabwean artiste, Don Dada, pictured, has released an eight-track album titled Alkebulan, which celebrates the vibrancy of the African continent. All the tracks except one on the new album, being distributed by the late reggae superstar Bob Marley’s record label, Tuff Gong, were produced by Jamaican musician Leroy Scarlett.
Don Dada told the Daily News that the new album was geared towards changing the narra tive of the negative events that affect Africa.
“I want to help build a united and powerful Africa, an Africa full of citizens filled with self-pride, love, hope, peace, reconciliation and unity.
“I featured Jessica Mbengeni — one of South Africa’s most sought-after female im
bongi (praise Singer) — to invoke the role of this ancient tradition so as to bring the feeling, vibes and soul of Africa into the album,” said the Zimbabwe-born musician.
He hailed the distribution of the album by Tuff Gong as a symbolic recognition of the late Bob Marley’s efforts to unite Africans.
“It is my first full album to be distributed through Tuff Gong International. I found it appropriate to share this body of work through Tuff Gong as the first call I ever hear for Africa to Unite was by Bob Marley. It’s a call from the heart.
“Jamaican musician Leroy Scarlett of Reggae Power House Band produced seven of the eight tracks. The eighth track, Here We Go Again was produced by Zimbabwean Gerald “Fashalz” Mushaike,” Don Dada said.
Other tracks on the album are Message from AfriKa, Alkebulan, Who Dem Are Run From, Spirit of Afrika, Love Is a Universal Language as well as the tracks Sweetie Lavo and Jah Is Good, featuring South African
artiste Seed Under. Sweetie Lavo brings the feelings of a township wedding vibe. Don Dada, who plays reggae and hip-hop, has been making waves in South Africa where he owns a studio called RuFF CuTT. A couple of years ago, his song Viva Mandela was certified platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa.
Despite being based in South Africa for over two decades, Don Dada still cherishes his Zimbabwean roots.
“I was the first Zimbabwean in 1993 (after a big fight) to learn in a government school (Avondale Primary) with dreadlocks…I still have the hair that I was born with to this day.
“My connection to Zimbabwe is men tioned in most of my songs and I visit yearly. I am friends with Zimbabwean artistes like Mc Chita Herby Dangerous and many others. I think Zimbabwean artistes are extremely talented and their song writing is second to none,” said Don Dada.
Source: Daily News