I’m not one to gossip but did you see the drama that was between May D and his baby mama? The fact that they decided to air their dirty laundry in public is one thing, but to have their child caught up in their mess is beyond sad. I just thank Jesus that my childhood was experienced at a time when social media was non- existent.
That aside, Tanzanian artists keep raising the bar so high in terms of their approach to music as a business, it might be almost impossible for the rest of East Africa to catch up. A few days ago, Diamond Platnumz called for a press briefing, during which he announced that WCB Family would have a reality show, which will be airing on Wasafi TV. And not just that, he encouraged other artists with content to bring it forth to the station, concluding that the platform is for them all (Tanzanian artists).
I’m totally against an artist having a reality show. Not that my opinion matters, (you choose your own life at the end of the day) but none the less, I will share it. As an artist, you’re already in the public eye and a reality show strips you off the little privacy you have left. Now this is besides the fact that sometimes, you would feel the need to be a bit extra for the sake of keeping your viewers entertained. Come on, who wants to be perceived as boring?………. However……………I am not mad at the unconventional approach to entertainment that has been taking place in Tanzania’s music industry recently.
In addition to the reality show, at the briefing, Platnumz announced that there would be a “Wasafi Festival”, which is basically an event that would last several days, featuring performances by various Wasafi artists. Now before you dismiss the idea as one that has higher chances of failing than succeeding, music festivals in Tanzania are HUGE. Not only do music lovers pay for tickets and turn up in masses to watch their favorite artists perform, but artists look forward to performing at Fiestas like their life depends on it. Once you perform at a Fiesta in Tanzania, then you as an artist my friend have made it. Why? It’s one of the biggest crowds you will ever perform to in Tanzania, with such diverse crowds, thanks to the tours courtesy of the festival that happens across the country’s various regions.
With the kind of crowd that Platnumz and his crew can pull, I simply cannot wait to see how it all turns out. I have said this before, I will say it again. I hope this is motivation enough for more artists to be the change that they want to see in the music industry. It’s about time music artists see and embrace themselves as not just that, but as all round entertainers.
That’s all for now folks!
Do have yourself a great day ahead! (or night, whenever you will be reading this)