Sallam Sharaf, the manager of Tanzanian musician, Diamond Platnumz, says Harmonize, an artiste signed under the team’s Wasafi label, has written a formal letter to WCB management saying he wants to terminate his contract with the record company.
Speaking on Wasafi FM recently, Mr Sharaf said Harmonize, whose real name is Rajab Abdul Kahali, “still has a binding contract with WCB, but his mind and emotions are out of the record label”.
Mr Sharaf said the 25-year-old artiste began secluding himself from the rest of the WCB team in December 2018.
According to the manager, Harmonize opted for a personal means of transport to Mwanza in 2018 for the Wasafi Festival instead of the Wasafi crew’s bus.
“Harmonize’s 2018 move went against our WCB unwritten rules of operation. Wasafi Festival was meant to show a united WCB team to our fans. When handling our shows, we do not want to create factions. It is not like Diamond and Rayvanny were not in a position to travel using their own means. What Harmonize showed was disrespect to the WCB family,” said Mr Sharaf.
“Harmonize has already written a letter addressed to the WCB management saying he wants to end his 15-year contract with the label. He has followed the due process, [and it is only a matter of days when he should be out]. We welcome his decision. Maybe he sat down and thought there are many things he can achieve on his own.”
Harmonize co-owns a production company called Zoom Productions with Diamond Platnumz.
Mr Sharaf says since the two artistes formed the company on their own terms without a legal connection to WCB, Harmonize and Diamond will see how they will run the business.
“These two people have not disagreed. I am sure they’ll continue working together,” said Mr Sharaf.
For a while now, rumours have been rife on social media that Harmonize was dissatisfied at WCB, and had decided to ditch the record label.
According to sources, Harmonize, alias Konde Boy, felt his brand had grown too big to be contained under the shadow of Diamond Platnumz.
It is reported that the musician, who has been booked for shows until December, has put up his own record label in Sinza, Dar es Salaam.