Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz has said he respects his compatriot, Ali Kiba, whom for long quotas have deemed to be his nemesis.
Speaking on Clouds TV on Tuesday, March 14, Diamond Platnumz played down speculation that he and Ali Kiba do not see eye-to-eye.
“I hold no grudge against Ali Kiba. We respect each other. I got to know about him through my sister, Queen Darleen,” said Diamond Platnumz.
“I met a journalist in Nairobi during my Kenyan tour last year, and we spoke about my perceived beef with Ali Kiba. I told him there is a lot that is being said about my alleged beef with Kiba, and many media outlets blow the issue out of proportion. I have never had any differences with Ali Kiba. The alleged beef is as a result of people’s conviction. My management is trying to rich out to Kiba’s management to see if they can sell their music to us,” said Diamond Platnumz.
For nearly half a decade now, fans of the two music metronomes have differed sharply on social media with each camp claiming that their favourite artiste is better than the other.
In an exclusive interview with eDaily’s Brian Okoth in August last year, Diamond Platnumz said he respects the effort Ali Kiba has put into music.
In July, 2016 Diamond Platnumz paid respect to Ali Kiba by hanging a picture of Kiba on the wall of WCB Records premises.
Diamond Platnumz’s manager Babu Tale even posted a video on his social media pages that showed pictures of some of the biggest artistes Platnumz respects – and Ali Kiba was one of them.
Other artistes who had their pictures ingrained on the walls include: Dully Sykes, Juma Nature, Mr Blue, Q Chief, and the late Bi Kidude among others.
Well, this writer asked Platnumz why he hanged Kiba’s picture on the wall of WCB Records studios – just to get the gist from the horse’s mouth.
“I hang on my wall pictures of artistes that I respect. For me to do that, just know that that particular artiste has put a lot of effort to reach the high levels of admiration he enjoys. People would talk about perceived beef, people would like artistes to fight – but I am not into it. I respect Kiba as an artiste, and that is why his photo rests on my wall,” said Diamond Platnumz.
Ali Kiba on the other hand in May, 2016 requested his fans to vote for Diamond Platnumz in all categories the Zigo star was nominated in in BET 2016 that was held in June 26 – an act that many termed “an outright noble gesture.”
Kiba was speaking on Planet Bongo Show on EATV.
Diamond Platnumz who was pitted against AKA, Cassper Nyovest, MzVee, Serge Beynaud, Wizkid and Yemi Alade lost the BET award to South Africa’s DJ Black Coffee.