East African music icon, Diamond Platnumz showed up magnificently at the just ended BET Awards with his traditional look.

The CEO of Wasafi Classic Baby records was nominated for ‘Best International Act’ with fellow African artists Burna Boy and Wizkid all from Nigeria and Aya Nakamura.

Diamond Platnumz embraced the occasion in a grand style showcasing the East African culture through his outfit which melted the heart of East Africans.

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The artiste was spotted in a warrior outfit usually worn by the Massai tribe of Kenya and Tanzania. The fabric was red in colour with a lot of ornaments including a sword and a shield complimenting his appearance as a warrior.

Diamond Platnumz’s choice of African traditional outfit for the occasion shows how proud his of his African roots and culture.

“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”~.Marcus Garvey

 

Simba fans worldwide are celebrating  him for promoting the African culture particularly that of East Africa to the world. He shared photos of  himself on his official Instagram page where he expressed his appreciation to Tanzanians for the massive love showered on him.

 “through this award I have seen how much Tanzanians have unity, love and appreciation for us … I thank each and every one of you for the great love you have shown me … And I believe that sometimes we will carry it …

I will be comforted tomorrow and the next day another artist will also be in the matter of representing the Nation give us strength as you have given me …#SwahiliNation we are a Swahili Nation”.

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It’s another year for BET Awards, this music festival and award ceremony in recognition of blacks in the entertainment industry.

Unlike last year, when the Covid 19 pandemic had reached its peak and the celebration was eventually organised virtually without live audience, this year’s edition will be aired live with audience.

The awards night is scheduled to be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 27 on BET at 8 PM ET/ PT, under strict observation of Covid 19 safety protocols.

List of nominees have been unveiled for fans to begin voting for their favourites.

The nominees for For “Best International Act” includes none other than Diamond Platnumz, he is the only artist from East Africa.

The king of Bongo-Flavor has been working extensively in the music world, producing back-to-back hits. His song ‘Waah alone has generated over 150 million views on YouTube in less than a year.

In 2020,  Diamond Platnumz topped various news outlets and was celebrated widely for his ground-breaking success on YouTube where he gathered one billion views on the video streaming platform, making made him the first African artist to achieve milestone.

Diamond will be representing Tanzania for the third time on the “Best International Act” award category.

 

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Other 2021 BET Awards Best International Act Nominees in no particular order are:

Burna Boy, one of Nigeria’s top notch musicians and has gained international recognition through African music.

The singer/songwriter became the first Nigerian to succeed in back-to-back Grammys nominations following his “Africa Giant” and “Twice As Tall” albums’ nominations at the 62nd and 63rd edition of the Grammy Awards for the “Best World Music Album” category.

 

He has also received multiple accolades for the same album on other music festivals. Burna Boy won the “Best International Act” at the 2019 BET awards and 2 years after.

Wizkid is the greatest of all time international awards winner from the African Continent. Wizkid has in his possession multiple internationally recognised accolades.

He won a Grammy in the 63rd edition of the Grammy Awards, his first ever Grammy award for Best Music Video,  three BET Awards of which he remains the only African artist to win the most awards and two consecutive times for “Best International Act”.

This is yet another year to celebrate his achievements in the music industry and his appearance on the nomination list for the forthcoming BET “Best International Act” award category is well deserved.

Aya Nakamura is a French female vocalist who is of Malian origin. The singer is well-known for her creativity through the afro pop and R&B music genres.

Privately known as Aya Coco Danioko, the young pop star is making waves in France with many of her songs peaking on several music charts in France and internationally.

She’s notable for a lot of hit songs including, “Djadja” and “Comportement”.  She has a huge fan base around the world and with about 5.8 million subscribers on YouTube.

Aya Nakamura has garnered more than 2 billion views on her YouTube page, making her the first female French artiste with most views.

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Youssoupha is also a French rapper who hails from Congo.

Known officially as Youssoupha Mabiki, the rapper has also been nominated in the same award category in recognition of his remarkable success in the music industry through his unquestionable French rapping skills.

His best songs include, “On se connaît” and “Cœur de Guerrier”. He has worked closely with renowned French rappers and international artists such as Diam’s, Kool Shen, Corneille, Indila among several others.

Youssoupha has established international success through his enormous views and followers on YouTube.

 

Emicida is representing Brazil for the second time at the BET awards, but will be competing on the award category for the first time.

He took to his Instagram page his nomination flyer with a caption “thank you”.  Originally, Emicida is referred to as Leandro Roque de Oliveira.

The rapper is identified with hits like “Rua Augusta” and “Zica, Vai Lá”.

 

Headie One is a British rapper with the real name, Irving Ampofo Adjei. He’s of Ghanaian descent and will be representing the United Kingdom in the “Best International Act” award category.

This comes after his breakthrough year, topping multiple UK Albums and Singles chart. His first album titled, “Edna” dedicated to his late mother peaked at number one on UK Albums Chart last year triggering huge airplays and honours in the UK and around the world.

Headie One’s best songs include, “18Hunna” and “Know Better”. The artiste joined youtube in 2018 and within three years, he has gained more than 150million views.

 

Young T & Bugsey are an English hip hop duo with the real names, Ra’chard Tucker and Doyin Julius.

The rappers gained international prominence in 2020 with their viral song “Don’t Rush”. The song was widely used for videos effect on the TikTok app where users touched their devices’ screens with a makeup brush and immediately changes their look.

They have over 4 billion streams on YouTube with their song, “Don’t Rush” having the most views which is 76 million.  They will be competing with their fellow British Rapper Headie One on the same Category.

The above artistes have ceased international success in their own unique ways and are worth the category nominations. Wishing them best of luck and Congratulations to all.

 

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Diamond Platnumz has signed a ground-breaking contract with south Africa’s biggest music record label, Warner Music Group.

The multinational recording company with its headquarters in New York, US will play a significant role in promoting Diamond’s Platnumz creativity in diverse ways as well as financial support.

After a successful agreement between the bongo flavour artist and the Warner Music Group, the company celebrated the business relationship on its social media platforms with a flyer with Diamond Platnumz’ picture and inscription, “where the originality finds the power to move the world”.

 

 

 “We’d like to officially welcome Simba himself, @diamondplatnumz, to the Warner Music family! 🦁 Today, we proudly announce a new 360 partnership with the East African superstar and his leading independent record label WCB-Wasafi. Now, who’s ready for new music?!”~ Warner Music SA

 

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Same excitement was expressed by the artist on his Instagram page where he displayed couple of pictures taken whiles he was singing the deal and a video of him the crew toasting to the partnership. 

 

Diamond who is doing the most in the music fraternity with his series of hit songs and making huge fans across the globe has gained endorsements with huge companies such as Pepsi and now, the latest juicy deal with warner music family in South Africa.

 

Diamond Platnumz is the Founder & MD of WCB Wasafi/Wasafi Media/Zoom Extra and numerous artist signed under his label

 

We Congratulate him on  yet another  amazing record deal!

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Mbosso Ft Diamond Platnumz – Baikoko Official Music Video Out Now!

Diamond Platnumz’, has released spectacular visuals on his song titled, “Baikoko” featuring Diamond Platnumz.

The duo, having their adept voices put together on the same track gives it an indescribable kind of feeling for the song, “Baikoko”. Mbosso’s Baikoko music video was released on Friday April 09, 2021.

“Baikoko” generated  a little over 1 million streams within 24 hours on YouTube and is No. 1 on trending.

Mbosso’s “Baikoko” music video is indeed impressive with its colourful and artistry effect in the background.

The female models and their energetic dance moves to the chorus also gives the song an easy flow which listeners can also dance along as they enjoy the rhythm.

Although, the lyrics of the song is fully in the local dialect but It also exhibits the prestigious multicultural practices both locally and internationally through their fashionable costume.

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The lightening effect in the building is impeccable. The song is being promoted tremendously as fans of the singer have been urged to do a dance challenge as they enjoy the afro-pop.

The song “Baikoko” is the third song from the artiste’s debut album dubbed, “Definition of love” since he was signed under WCB record label in 2018. The video was shot and directed by Director Kenny with production credit by Lizer Classic.

Definition of love is a 15-track album that has gained massive vocal support from his boss Diamond Platnumz as well as amazing talents like Rayvanny, Mr Flavour, Liya, Darassa, Spice Diana, Baba Levo and Njenje Band.

Since its release in march, the album has topped several music charts including, Audiomack, Soundcloud, Boomplay and a lot more.

Bongo musician Mbosso, goes by the real name, Mbwana Yusuph Kilungi. He was born and raised in Tanzania. Officially, Mbosso was welcomed into Diamond Platnumz’s Wassafi record label in January 2018 after he ditched a singing group known as, the Yamoto Band in 2016.

The hits songs released under this WCB records include, Watakubali, Nimekuzoea, Allele, Shida, Picha Yake, Tamu, Tamba among several others.

 

Diamond Platnumz has announced his 2021 upcoming shows in Africa.

Following his TumewashaNatigo Dar Es Salaam’s performance that left many of his fans wanting more, Simba has released the dates for his upcoming shows in

March 6th –  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
April 3rd  – Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
4th  April – Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
April 9th – Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Diamond Platnumz posted the flyer below on his official Instagram handle.

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Just in case you missed it!

Diamond Platnumz’s WAAH offical video ft. Kofi Olomide has over 45 million views on YouTube  in just 2 months

 

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Africa is home to some of the world’s most dynamic talent and we’re excited to spotlight these artists as the MAMAs broadcast in 180 countries for the first time in history,”  ~Bruce Gillmer, ViacomCBS Media Networks

Bruce said as he announced the 2021 awards.

‘This year’s awards feature a heavy line up of performers. Nasty C (South Africa) returns following his popular 2016 performance. Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) up for Artist of the Year nomination, Wizkid (Nigeria), Khaligraph Jones (Kenya), Sheebah Karungi, Suspect 95, Calema, Soraia Ramos are all slated to perform’

The MTV MAMA awards were first held in Abuja in 2008 created to celebrate the most popular contemporary African music across the continent.

The 2009 awards were held in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city followed by Nigeria once again hosting the awards in Lagos city. Between 2010 and 2013 the awards took a hiatus returning in 2014 with Durban, South Africa.

South Africa took the monopoly of hosting the MTV MAMA awards hosting 2015 in Durban and Johannesburg 2016.

The awards took another four-year hiatus from 2017 to the current awards show on 20th February 2021. This year Kampala the capital city of Uganda will have honors of hosting the awards albeit online due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The awards are in partnership with Uganda’s ministry of tourism.

The 2021 MTV MAMA awards will be airing globally for the first time on Dstv and will feature Grammy award winner DJ Khaled as the first international host.

DJ Khaled will be hosting the awards virtually from his Miami home alongside African co-emcees. DJ Khaled is an American who is famous for his successful career as a record executive producer, producer and, songwriter.

MTV MAMA Awards are banking on the success of other international awards that have been conducted virtually.  And the presence of an international host to help elevate and pull international interest, catapulting the awards into a new and exciting era.

The awards will celebrate African artists across 20 categories including Best Song, Best Male, Best Female, Best Collaboration, Best Francophone, and Best Lusophone.

This year’s award features a new addition MAMA Generation Change award, Personality of the year, Alone Together Best Lockdown Performance, and Best Fan base. Voting closes on 31st January 2021 on the 16 categories open.

Artist of the Year

  • Burna Boy (Nigeria)
  • Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe)
  • Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
  • Master KG (South Africa)
  • Davido (Nigeria)
  • Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
  • Wizkid (Nigeria)

 

Best Male

  • Burna Boy (Nigeria)
  • Innoss’B (DRC)
  • Kabza De Small (South Africa)
  • Harmonize (Tanzania)
  • Fireboy DML (Nigeria)
  • Master KG (South Africa)
  • Rema (Nigeria)

 

Best Female

  • Simi (Nigeria)
  • Sheebah (Uganda)
  • Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
  • Busiswa (South Africa)
  • Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
  • Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)
  • Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

 

 

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Simba In Guinea Conakry. Diamond Platnumz begins end of year concert with mind-blowing concerts in guinea.

The concert is in partnership with Doulaye Productions and Gold Communication dubbed, The Guinea Diamond Tour 2020.

The notice posted on the Tanzanian music icon’s official Instagram handle shows that, he will be performing in different locations in Guinea and other parts of the African continent.

Diamond platnumz will share the stage with over 30 artistes at the concert. Other guests include, Marème Dial and Djalika Sagna of a famous Senegalese television series “Mistress of a married man”.

 

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Already landed in Guinea, the multiple award-winning artiste, performing throughout this weekend is set to commence his performance today, December 03, 2020 in Conakry, capital of Guinea for VIP.

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The show continues with performances for the general public at Conakry stadium on

Friday, December 04, Guinea Kindia stadium

Saturday, December 05

Sunday, December 06, 2020 at Labè stadium.

Later in the month of December, Platnumz is also expected to perform in South Sudan to entertain his fans.

Diamond Platnumz was part of the artistes who were compelled to truncate their touring plans as scheduled for this year, as a result of a global battle against Covid  pandemic where travel restrictions became a major measure to combat the deadly virus.

Although, the various safety protocols still hold but there is a little ease of movement restrictions in some parts of the countries including African countries and this has paved way for the Tanzanian artiste to resume his programmes but in Africa.

His Guinea tour comes after holding several concerts in his homeland, Tanzania.

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Congratulations are in order!

Tanzanian phenomenal artiste known in showbiz circles as Diamond Platnumz, teams up with legendary Congolese singer and dancer, Kofii Olomide on a hit song dubbed, “Waah!”.

After releasing the audio version in less than a week ago, the bongo flavour singer has followed up with fantastic visuals for the latest single “Waah”.

The music video which has garnered over 5 million streams on YouTube within 24 hours has gained massive positive feedbacks on the artiste’s incredible craft with the dancing moves, vocals from both artistes and high quality of the fashion styles portrayed in the music video.

The tune, colour grading and effects of the music video is on point.

The founder and CEO of WCB has again, reached another milestone for breaking the record of viewers on his latest hit “Waah” on YouTube, surpassing Davido who achieved incredibly well with a little over 1 million views in less than 24 hours for his song, “FEM”.

The Collaboration from these talents hailing from Tanzania and Congo to create this amazing piece, has indeed raised the standard of the African continent.

The song was produced by Lizer Classic and the music video was shot and directed by Director Kenny.

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Diamond Platnumz took to his Instagram page to show appreciation to his loved ones and followers for always supporting his music and being the main pillar behind his success on various digital platforms.

It was obvious that he was observing the numbers closely because he kept updating his fans on all social media platforms upon the huge achievement with regards to his latest hit released.

Koffi Olomidé is a Congolese music legend notable for the Congolese music genre, Soukus. Also, known as Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba officially, the legend is into music production and dancing as well.

He is known for establishing his own music band christened, the Quartier Latin International with many notable artists, including Fally Ipupa and Ferré Gola.

Starting his music profession in the early 80s, Koffi joined forces with top notch musicians including the late Congolese singer Papa Wemba. He has worked on more than 20 music projects under his band and produced hits like, La Chicotte a Papa, Lovemycine, and Diabolos.

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The African music icon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics as well as a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Paris, France.

With a year, full of unfortunate circumstances including a pandemic, the entertainment industry which seemed severely affected because most of its programmes revolves around musical concert and tours around the world and social gatherings.

Nonetheless, artistes emerging from the African continent, refused to step back and sit on their inherent abilities but rather bounced back stronger to make music lovers enjoy life through music regardless of the economic setbacks and panic created by the misfortune of this year.

There has been a lot of collaborations with back to back hits from these African stars and the song, “Waah” from Platnumz and Olomide is just a great tune to start the month of December. It is available on all music streaming platforms.

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Congratulations are in order! Bongo flava artist Diamond Platnumz has been applauded for making over 1 billion views on his YouTube channel.

The applaud was in a form of a surprise visit by his crew to the pop star’s residence.

Platnumz was at home when his team members surprised him with a well decorated cake which had the colours and logo of the YouTube app to celebrate the history made in his music journey.

Whiles he was putting on his shirt, his team recorded a video of him and congratulated him for emerging as the number one sub Saharan African to make 1 billion views on YouTube.

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Commenting on the achievement, his team expressed they were pleased with the historic achievement and are delighted to be a part of his movement.

‘The determination and hard work of the ‘Jeje’ hit maker has created a huge fan base of Tanzania’s population to jam to his music since it’s usually in the Swahili language’

DJ Edu from Kenya stated that, songs including Platnumz’ new single, “Quarantine” which has been made viral through the TikTok app could also sell better on YouTube because the more people watch on TikTok, the more it drives them to watch the video of the song, “Quarantine” on YouTube.

African artistes over the past years have been easily connecting with fans through YouTube than relying on TV stations.

Diamond Platnumz is one of the African artists who has been consistent with his songs.

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Diamond Platnumz To Pay Rent Etc. For 500 Families.

Diamond Platnumz has disclosed how he can also help his country to combat this Coronavirus pandemic in his own little way despite, the economic challenges he’s facing as an artist in this pandemic period.

Africa has now been hit hard with the Covid- 19 pandemic and Tanzania happens to be a part of the African countries dealing with huge numbers of Covid-19 cases.

The sudden hit of the virus is causing more harm to the world socially, economically, mentally and physically and this condition has seen many public figures supporting the fight against the virus in one way or the other.

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The Tanzanian super talented singer and entrepreneur has decided to help 500 Tanzanians to cover their accommodation charges for the next three months at his own discretion.

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done

The Bongo Flava artist shared in the sentiments of Tanzanians who are finding it difficult to make a living, to support their homes since economic activities have been shut down as a yardstick to ensure social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.

‘Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor’

He also stated that, the process of executing his decision will be announced on Monday April 27, 2020.

“I pretty much know that at these terrible times where we are all fighting global pandemic COVID-19, countless life circumstances have changed especially in businesses, many businesses are drowning hence rendering to financial difficulties and life becoming a little bit tough to many of us.

Although I am amongst those affected by this pandemic on Economy, with the little that God has blessed me with.

I have decided to at least offer a helping hand by paying 3 Months house rent to 500 families as my kind gesture of helping one another during these terrible times of fighting COVID-19 for I believe I should share your troubles and your happiness too.’~ Diamond Platnumz

 

Diamond’s Brand New Hotel To Be Converted Into Hospital For Covid-19 Patients.

 

Diamond Platnumz is also willing to convert his hotel into an infirmary for persons infected with the virus.

The “bongo flava” artiste, told Wasafi FM during his interview that, he bought the hotel not long ago which is presently undergoing renovations but he doesn’t mind donating it to the government to fight the virus until it ends.

 

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