By Jeoffrey Mukubi
NASEEB Abdul Juma, popularly known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz, last weekend rocked his Namibian fans, courtesy of an invitation extended to him by The Dogg. Diamond Platnumz was the guest performer at The Dogg’s “final concert”. Confidente got a chance to chat to the Tanzanian chart topper over breakfast at AVANI Hotel in the capital, which hosted the artist and his entourage. Diamond Platnumz, on his first visit to the Land of the Brave, did not hide his love for Namibia and said he was in fact pleasantly surprised by the country. “I honestly did not know what to expect when I arrived. But I love Namibia now,” he said, adding that he had never seen so many beautiful women in one place. Turning to music, Diamond Platnumz said African artists need to do more to push their music further than where it is now. “Our music must reach the whole world, we should be at the forefront of music all over the world because there is a lot of good music going around on the continent,” he said. Diamond Platnumz, who hails from a small and poor location of Tandale in the Kinondoni district of the Dar es Salaam Region in Tanzania, said although he had gone through many struggles while pushing his music, he was happy that his efforts had now paid off as he was now racking in a lot of cash. But, he says he can’t classify himself as “rich” yet. The Make Me Sing hit-maker recently revealed to E! TV that his net worth is a US$4 million (about N$57 million), placing him among the wealthiest musicians in Africa. “I am still just working on my craft and my content for my fans, but you know behind every success story is a crazy story behind it.” Diamond Platnumz also confirmed an upcoming feature with The Dogg, and says he is excited to work with the Namibian kwaito master. His latest album titled ‘A boy from Tandale’ has received international acclaim and prompted the musician to tour Europe and America over the past year. The Tanzanian is best known for his hit song Number One, which he featured Nigerian artist Davido. He has won numerous gongs at the Channel O and the HiPipo Music Awards, and performed at the Big Brother Africa 7 eviction show in May 2012. Diamond Platnumz is considered influential among his fans, and is said to be the most loved and decorated Tanzanian artist at the moment. He was believed to be the highest selling Tanzanian artist of ringtones by mobile phone companies in 2013, as well as being among the artists earning the highest income in the African Great Lakes region’s music industry. He is also no stranger to cheating controversies, and was linked to Namibian businesswoman Dillish Mathews after denying an affair with Tanzanian model, Hamisa Mobetto.
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