Born on 26/01/1991 in Bamenda, Bongkiya Venagesho Lantum Bertilla known by her stage name, Tilla Tafari aka Godmother Don Dada is a rap artist hailing from the Banso/Nkambe Tribes of the North West Region of Cameroon. Growing up in a home with a musical catalogue merged with Classical Music from her father, Hip hop and Ndombolo from her brother and other African rhythms like Makossa and reggae music from her mother and cousins, Tilla quickly developed a passion for music and always indulged herself in musical activities in and out of school. She started writing songs by the age of 10 in class 7 and was even the first female band captain for the School’s Mbaya Traditional Dance Group.
Her musical influences include; Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, Beyonce, Asa, and Eve.
It wasn’t until 2013 when Tilla started performing in street rap battles along the basketball court, as basketball was her childhood passion. She also featured in a couple of mixtapes like Abakwa Oyee headed by Afro pop artist Daddy Cool.
In 2014, Tilla debuted her first official single titled, “Alhadji” under record label BBOY Records headed by Dancehall artist, Magasco which also featured in the Mboa Mixtape the next year.
She later went on that year to put out her first EP of 5 tracks titled, “The Godmother” which also featured Magasco on track 2 titled, “My Kingdom“. She also featured on Magasco’s, hit single “Kumba Market” and “No No“.
The following year 2015, Tilla featured in Jovi’s “Et pui quoi” remix alongside Teddy Doherty, Inna Money, Zayox, Pascal, Mic Monsta and Dareal. She later joined New Bell Music headed by rapper Jovi where she first featured in the “Lord Have Mercy” compilation EP alongside Reniss, Shey, Pascal and Jovi. She then put out her second EP, “Kankwe Chap” which featured Jovi, Reniss, Shey and Kiloh. Tilla also featured in Shey’s “Tapsi” EP, Pascal’s “Work Dey” EP, Tata’s “Country Boy” Remix and Jovi’s “Mboko God” Album.
Further more, in 2016 Tilla went ahead to create her own record label, “God Mother Sound” where she released a couple of singles like “Back to square one”, Girls U Nova Ndem” , “Dope” and “Understanding” ft Chuzih. That year she won the NBACA Award for Best female Artist.
The following year 2017, Tilla signed to The Dedes Records owned by Ndumbe Ignatius where she put out hit singles like Ola Olé, Ghana Must Go ft Groovie Selecta and Used To. Tilla featured in the “We Stand For Peace” Compilation Album by Ndabott Production and Kingston Records. Her stay at The Dedes Records wasn’t long term as she later stepped down the following year to focus on her label God Mother Sound.
In 2019 Tilla made a collaboration with Rapper Venum Daspik titled, “Bad Boyz 2.0″ which was then followed by her 14 track debut album titled, “Godmother Don Dada” and eventually the birth of their first son, Bitjoka Lantum Ulrich Zion.
Last year 2020, Tilla released a couple of singles like “Gang”, “Mamu” “Unconditional Love” (which she dedicated to her son), and “Crisis”.
This 2021, Tilla began the year with a reggae version of her first hit, “Fire Burn Them”. She is set to release her much anticipated single of all times whose titled was just published as, “Retrouvée“.