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Diamond in Kenya For Shows, Organizers Say

Bongo star Diamond Platnumz is in Kenya for his planned shows across the country, concert organizers have said.

The organisers of the first concert to be headlined by Diamond Platnumz at Moi Stadium in Embu on December 24 say the show will proceed as planned, even after Tanzania’s arts regulator, BASATA, dared the banned artiste to defy its order.

The Authority announced on Tuesday that the singer and his compatriot, Rayvanny, are prohibited from performing within and outside their native Tanzania following their attitude of disdain toward the agency.

This after they performed the outlawed “Mwanza” song during the recent Wasafi Festival in Tanzania.

Diamond is scheduled to perform in Embu on December 24, Mombasa on December 26 and Nairobi on December 31.

“As I am speaking to you now, the singer [Diamond] is already in Kenya. He arrived on Wednesday. Our Embu show, according to him and his management, will go on as planned. On our side, we haven’t bailed out on the agreement,” said the organiser, who is a famous politician in Embu.

Diamond’s manager, Babu Tale, has also allayed fears that the musician could snub the concert following BASATA’s warning.

“The concerts will go on as planned. To be specific, all of them,” Mr Tale said.

When asked how his team will deal with the BASATA directive, Tale said, “That is our task. We will reach out to them and see how we can meet half-way. Meanwhile, we’ll handle the consequences when we get there. Let us meet on December 24.”

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