> Jonathan Mbiriyamveka
HARARE-TANZANIAN superstar Diamond Platinumz heads to Harare for their maiden concert on December 2.
Diamond, as his fans affectionately call him, will be backed by a 15-member piece live band, including a video vixen called Tifeny.
“We are excited to come to Zimbabwe,” Diamond’s manager Sallam Sheraff said.
Sheraff said the gig was a long time coming and Diamond is scheduled to arrive in the Zimbabwean capital on November 30.
The gig is likely to set the tone and mood for this December’s festivities.
Diamond have grown a reputation in Zimbabwe after collaborating with local favourite, Jah Prayzah, on the latter’s hit song, Watora Mari.
Jah Prayzah will be part of the bill, along with local acts – rappers Stunner and ExQ as well as Judgment Yard and Killer T.
Diamond, born Nasibu Abdul Juma on October 2, 1989, officially started his music career in 2006 but things took a better turn for him in 2009 when he met Msafiri Peter, aka Papaa Misifa, who provided financial support in nurturing his talent.
Together they released Diamond’s first single, Nenda Kamwambie. He released his first album, Kamwambie, in 2010. The top-selling Lala Salama followed two years later.
Diamond has won more than 15 awards at the Tanzania Music Awards ceremonies held between 2010 and 2014. In 2015, the singer also emerged victor in the Worldwide Act: Africa/India category at the MTV Europe Music Awards that were held in Milan.
He was a top winner at the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) held in Nigeria in November 2015.