Tanzania: Diamond, Idris Take Tanzania in Cloud Nine
December 30, 2014
By Betram Lengama*
THE year 2014 is winding up with Tanzanian flag flying high in music and other entertainment industries. This has been made possible, following a performance with distinction by the local artists in the continental arena.
[caption id="attachment_15060" align="alignleft" width="290"] Photo: Idris Sultan/Facebook
Idris Sultan[/caption] Evergreen Bongfleva music artist Naseeb Abdul, popularly known by his stage name ‘Diamond Platnumz’ surely had the best year in his career. His star sparkled to the maximum as his name and music hit the airwaves in local and international music arena this year in positive way than in negative. Diamond is flying high with his various hit numbers such ‘Number One’, ‘Mbagala’, ‘Binadamu’, ‘Ukimuona’, ‘Nenda kamwambie’, ‘Nitarejea’, ‘Lala salama’, ‘Nitampata wapi’ and ‘Number one Remix’ featuring Nigerian music Star Davido to mention a few. In April this year, he managed to bag a total of seven awards with a win in all the categories he was nominated in the Kilimanjaro Music Awards to set a new record for the awards since it was established 14 years ago. The Bongo Fleva heartthrob ‘Number One’ hit song singer won the Best Male Writer, Best Male Artist, Best Song Writer, Song of the Year award, Best Afro Pop Song, Video of the Year and Best Male Entertainer of the Year. Diamond, who possesses a number of nicknames such as ‘Dangote’ and ‘Rais wa Wasafi’ was also nominated for various continental honours such as the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAS) and the Kora awards and the recent 2014 Channel O African Music Awards in South Africa. The lad from Kigoma set another record of the year in the Channel O African Music Awards after bagging three awards in the event, winning the categories of the Most Gifted Newcomer, Most Gifted Afro Pop and Most Gifted East, which he was nominated to compete with other stars artists from the continent. And in the category of the most gifted Afro Pop, Diamond, again with his hit song ‘Number One’ outshined Africa music stars such as Nigerian music star Davido with his song Aye, South African famous group Mafikizolo featuring May D with their hit ‘Happiness’, Flavour -Ada Ada and Iyanya -Jombolo, to win the category. Diamond is said to be one of the most famous and successful as well as the most paid artist in the country according to reports. Apart from staging many shows compared to other local artists, he also owns various valuable assets including expensive fleet of cars and posh houses. The Bongofleva artist performed in various countries worldwide including Germany, United States of America, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Comoro, U.A.E and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). To signify that he is really making the country proud, Diamond was on Tuesday invited by President Jakaya Kikwete at the State House. Diamond took the opportunity of being invited to the State House to show the President, five different awards he won this year’s in various international events which he competed with other African music stars and excelled. President Kikwete commended the effort done by Diamond in promoting the country abroad through his artistic work. Also the President praised the winner of this year’s Big Brother Africa’ (BBA) Hotshots, Idris Sultan, saying the two young men have promoted the country well. He urged them to utilise properly and wisely their status of being stars within the society and focus on development of their welfare, families and their colleagues in the music and entertainment industry. Diamond acknowledged the President’s support to all artists in the country, saying the support has led to his success both locally and internationally and promised to work hard in his effort to continue with his work of promoting the country internationally.
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