Veteran Tanzanian musician Ray C says she “cannot confirm or deny” whether she has bleached her skin.
Speaking on Citizen TV on Friday, May 11, Ray C said another likely reason as to why her skin complexion looks lighter could be because she has changed her diet over the years.
“I probably have bleached my skin, or not. I cannot confirm or deny. I think I am currently eating well compared to back in the day. That could explain why I am lighter today,” she said during Citizen Extra Trends and Entertainment show.
Ray C has another theory as to why she looks lighter in her recent picture.
“There were no photo-editing apps back in the day. Today, there are many apps that you can use to manipulate your picture,” she said.
The Mama Nitilie star is currently riding high with a new song titled Tornado, which she has featured Kenya’s Papa Dennis. The song was uploaded to YouTube on May 8, and has already amassed over 110, 000 views.
“I knew Papa Dennis in 2011, when he was a young man. That time I had released my song called Moto Moto. I met him via his manager Sadat, who I was working closely with,” said Ray C.
“Papa Dennis, his twin brother and several other young men, were – at the time – under the Maliza Umaskini programme run by Sadat. They were my dancers. And today, I have worked with him. Such is life.”
How did they resort to produce a song together, given Papa Dennis sings gospel music and Ray C’s forte is secular music?
“I think gospel-secular collabos are a normal thing nowadays. A gospel artiste can do worship songs and also do love songs. I think that explains why they also get married. There has to be love first,” said Ray C.
Ray C, whose real name is Rehema Chalamila, hogged media headlines in 2015, when she said she was looking for a husband, and listed ten qualities she was prioritizing in a partner. In a span of one week, she received 500 marriage proposals. The singer now says she wasn’t serious then.
“I was only having fun,” she said during the Citizen TV interview.
“I am not dating anyone currently. I am single. I, however, hope to find a husband in future,” added Ray C.
The gifted artiste will be celebrating her 36th birthday on May 15. She, however, looks younger than her current age – 35. What is her secret to the young, fresh look? “I thinking it is because I do a lot of physical exercises,” she said.
Ray C is in Kenya for her music projects. She says she has lined up collabos with Khaligraph Jones, Victoria Kimani, among other Kenyan artistes.