Diamond Platnumz says he “does not know” why Ali Kiba told him off after he (Diamond) requested the Mwana star to perform alongside him at a Wasafi concert scheduled for November 9 in Dar es Salaam.
Last Wednesday, October 30, Diamond Platnumz, 30, announced that his management, led by Babu Tale, had reached out to Ali Kiba’s management in a bid to have Kiba join the Wasafi caravan on November 9.
But, a livid Ali Kiba, 32, said he was not interested — at all — with the said arrangements, accusing Diamond Platnumz of engaging in underhand dealings to discredit him (Kiba).
Taking to his Instagram page, Kiba said: “Don’t behave like a Class Two pupil, who steals his classmate’s pencil and then pretends that he is helping the owner look for the ‘lost’ pencil.
Don’t joke around with me. A man should speak once, and if you want me to expose the bad deeds you have been doing to me, I will do it, and be sure that not even one person will attend that Wasafi concert of yours. For now, let me leave it at that, and I wish you a good concert @diamondplatnumz.”
And, now Diamond Platnumz says he read Kiba’s post, but failed to understand where he was coming from.
Speaking to Wasafi FM on Friday, November 1, Diamond said: “Ali Kiba is my elder brother. He joined the music industry earlier than I did. Honestly, I do not know what triggered him to write that post. He and I are among the Tanzanian artistes bringing our country a lot of pride through our music. Our rivalry is only music-related. I do not dislike him, and I believe he — too — does not loathe me.”
The Tetema star said he only hoped that he and Kiba would help nurture other up-and-coming musicians’ talents.
“I come from a very humble background, and was only elevated by God a few years ago. That experience made me develop the desire to uplift others, including Harmonize. As an executive member of Wasafi Records, I wish to see many talented young men and women rise to positions of influence in the music industry.
“It is a good thing when somebody is blessed by God, and he or she extends the blessings to other people. I get a lot of satisfaction in seeing many talented Tanzanian youth become successful in their artistic ventures,” said Diamond Platnumz.
“The Wasafi Festival will begin early, and we have set aside Tsh10 million (Ksh448, 000) to award the winner of a singing competition slated for the same day. The winner will also be signed with the WCB Record label. We will also award the same amount of money to winners of a dance competition,” added Diamond.
The exchange between Diamond and Kiba over Wasafi Festival marked the second time the two were falling out over the same.
The Seduce Me hit-maker first refused to join Diamond and his crew in 2018.