Tanzanian superstar Nasibu Abdul Juma, known by the stage name Diamond Platinumz, said in January last year that he intends to own a home in Rwanda, going as far as visiting some city properties, but nothing has happened since then.
The Tanzanian singer, who is in Rwanda to headline the final of the Iwacu Muzika Festival, was asked on Friday if he is still planning to buy a house in Rwanda and said ‘ definitely yes ‘ but did not give any further details about when or where.
The “Kanyaga” singer, speaking to the media ahead of the Saturday show, promised Rwandans ‘ nothing but the best ‘ in what is expected to be a mega show in the Amahoro National Stadium parking lot.
“They should expect nothing but the best as I always say because it’s been a while since I was here and I have a lot of new hits and songs. Sometimes I think it is about that. I am well prepared. Make sure you get your ticket early so that we can ‘kanyaga’ together tomorrow,” the Bongo star said.
On whether he is willing to collaborate with Rwandan artists, Diamond Platinumz said he understands a lot of excellent Rwandan artists and is willing to do songs with them if they are prepared.
“I am ready. I believe Rwanda got the best artistes and I have all the rights to work with them. I am ready when they are ready,” he said.
The founder of Wasafi voiced his love for Rwanda and the individuals, stating he always looks forward to performing in the nation because Rwandans enjoy his music.
“It has been a while since I have been to Rwanda. I always got love for Rwanda because Rwandans support my music so much. I love you guys so much,” he said, appreciating local media.
The award-winning singer, probably the most famous artist in East Africa and one of the best in the continent, said that remaining on top of his game is a secret of hard work and research to find out what fans want.
“What I try to do is work so hard, try to be more creative. The more days pass, the more I am learning the market. You need to know what people need, what people want now. That is what I try to do,”
“I do research to know what people want to hear from me because there are some songs I have dropped. I believe you have to go deep to know if actually people may like a song or not. Normally I don’t like to rush. I love doing my research and see what is best for the people,” he said.
He said that even though he’s Diamond Platinumz, he still has to get into work to understand what’s good for his fans, even though he’s already achieved notoriety, but he understands what he’s doing is not for himself, but for East Africans and the world.
“I am trying not to let you guys down. I am trying so hard and I have the best management. I can say that. As a team, we try to make sure that whatever we deliver becomes the best,” he said.
Cornered to mention any Rwandan artist he knows, Diamond said he understands most of them and follows them on social media platforms, but he refused to mention names, stating that if he mentions some, the ones he’s not going to mention will probably come up with a problem.
The singer has also been cageous about his interactions that always make headlines, but has confirmed that next month he expects a kid with his present Kenyan girlfriend Tanasha Donna. With Ugandan Zari Hassan and country mate Hamisa Mobetto, he has sired three other kids.
The singer, who calls himself Chibu Dangote, also brushed off reports that he’s got something going on with Rwandan socialite Shadia Mbabazi, widely known as Shady Boo, stating he’s looking at her as his sister and fellow celebrity.
Since 2015, the duo has been connected with the socialite appearing in various pictures and videos with the singer.
His last performance in Rwanda was with Morgan Heritage and Vanessa Mdee in July 2017 at the Fiesta Rwanda show in Bugesera District.
Iwacu Muzika’s performance will be his third show. According to Joseph Mushyoma, the CEO of East African Promoters (EAP) organizing the show said that all the finest Rwandan artists, including Bruce Melodie, Queen Cha, Francois Nsengiyumva, Massamba Intore and others, were in line with the Tanzanian star.
After displays in Rubavu, Musanze, Huye and Ngoma, the Iwacu Muzika Festival, which is endorsed by various public partners including the Ministry of Sports and Culture, the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion and sponsors including Primus, Bank of Kigali and Radiant Yacu.
To watch the ‘ Tetema ‘ star, if you buy the ticket today while regular tickets go to Rwf5,000, you’ll part with Rwf20,000 at the gate or Rwf15,000.