‘Never give up’ hitmaker Harmonize has officially been left out of the Wasafi 2019 Festival performance list, further fueling rumors that he is set to ditch the Diamond Platnumz-founded record label.
The annual festival usually features all artists signed to the record label; among them Rayvanny, Mbosso, LavaLava, Queen Darleen as well as Harmonize and Diamond.
However, it would seem Harmonize will not be gracing that stage this year going by the official line-up released by the label which, besides the remaining Wasafi artists also includes; Ruby, Country Boy, Young Killer and Dulla Makabila.
Fans have since questioned the exclusion on social media but neither Harmonize nor Wasafi has come out to address it.
EDAILY can also not independently confirm whether the ‘Atarudi’ singer has other engagements on the date of the concert or his exclusion was intentional.
Wasafi Festival 2019 is scheduled to start on July 19, 2019 at the Zimbihile Stadium and is expected to proceed to other venues afterwards.
Reports of Harmonize leaving Wasafi sparked earlier this year after he admitted that it was difficult working with Diamond.
His fans as well as a host of showbiz pundits from the country have also since praised the lad’s talent, with many even adding that he has surpassed his boss, Diamond.
These remarks were recently even reiterated by the ‘Kanyaga’ hitmaker’s ex-girlfriend Wema Sepetu who said Harmonize can easily do a lot more by himself without necessarily relying on WCB Wasafi records.
Label ya Harmonize inamzidi ya Diamond, siwezi kusema ni kwa kiasi gani lakini inamzidi,”she said
(“Harmonize’s label/brand has surpassed Diamond. I am not sure by how much but it has.”)
The WCB president however poured cold water on these opinions saying he is still the East African kingpin.
“As Wasafi, we are already very big. Especially me, individually, that is why people are trying to compare me with other artists. For a long time every upcoming artist has been likened to Diamond. Since they can’t beat me they have started putting me up against my own artists,” said Diamond during an interview with Bongo 5.
Harmonize himself has previously also publicly dismissed these claims saying he is proud to be compared to Diamond whom he looks up to.
Mimi nikiona comment kama hizo I just feel good. I believe Diamond is proud of that, yeye ndio amefanya mimi nikawa Harmonize kwa hivyo naamini ako proud.”
(When I read such comments I just feel proud. I believe Diamond is proud of that, he is the one who made me the ‘Harmonize I am today so I believe he is proud.)
The growth of Harmonize as a musician has caught the eye of many music pundits and his fame continues to soar beyond East Africa going by his recent collaborations with various acts across the continent including Nigeria’s Burna Boy and Yemi Alade.