Grammy award-winning songstress Alicia Keys gave out some props to Tanzanian bongo flava sensation Diamond Platnumz, describing him as an “amazing” musician while she was talking about their recent collaboration for her latest album.
The Wasafi boss features on a track titled Wasted Energy on the September released Alicia album. Talking about their collaboration on that song in a recent video that was shared by the East African musician on his Instagram page, the 39-year-old was nothing but full of praises for him.
“I also love that Diamond Platnumz was part of this, an amazing Tanzanian artiste who happened to come in and bless this track with his unique style,” the No One singer said. “I love how the worlds collide here. This is like world music collision at its finest.”
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Flattered by the praise, the Number One singer responded with caption: “This means a lot to me Queen ….Working with you was a dream come true… and i can’t wait for the world to hear what we still have in the store… #WestedEnergy track no.4 on #ALICIA the Album.”
After the release of Keys’ album in September, a section of the Tanzanian musician’s fans expressed their displeasure with the limited amount of time – 26 seconds – he was allocated on the track, Nairobi News reported.
Responding to the backlash, Keys’ husband, Swizz Beatz, moved to set things straight, saying Diamond Platnumz himself requested to be given that amount of time on their collaboration.
“My Brother 4 life. Please let your fans know you did as you pleased on the rec and this is just part 1,” the producer shared in response on Instagram.
A well-established African act, Diamond Platnumz wrote his name in the history books in June when he became the first musician in sub-Saharan Africa to get over one billion views on his YouTube channel.
According to Nsuri, the musician held a small party in his home to celebrate the amazing feat.
“This was not an easy thing to achieve. Billion! Thanks to the fans. Congratulations to the boss on achieving that,” his Wasafi record label posted on Instagram to congratulate him.