Rayvanny to Quit Diamond Platnumz’ Wasafi Records

November 1, 2020

Wasafi Records founder and top Tanzanian musician, Diamond Platnumz is backing his protege, singer Rayvanny’s decision to leave his label, saying that there is a need for diversity and new ideas in the music industry.

Speaking during an interview on Wasafi TV, the Bongo Flava king disclosed that Rayvanny would soon be launching his own record label.

“Not sure if I’m allowed to talk about this, but Rayvanny is starting his own record label very very soon. That label is so big. I was looking at his studios and told him, ‘Rayvanny this studio is big’. The day he will post it, as we speak it will be the best studio in the country,” he said.

Rayvanny and Diamond Platnumz during ‘Tetema’ video shoot

“Anyone under the Wasafi Record label is allowed to start their own projects if they want to. An example is Drake, who has OVO and is still signed under Lil Wayne’s Cash Money Brothers Records. What I keep telling my signees is that they should think outside the box. Let’s be diverse and bring in different ideas.”

Raymond Shaban Mwakyusa, better known by his stage name Rayvanny is best known for his song, Kwetu, which introduced him to the world. Rayvanny was mentioned by MTV Base among “Acts To Look Out For” in 2017.

In 2015, he joined WCB Wasafi Records, which is managed and owned by Diamond Platnumz, and released his first song, Kwetu, in 2016, becoming a hit in East Africa.

In 2016, Rayvanny was nominated for an MTV Africa Music Award in the category of Breakthrough Act 2016. In 2017, he was also nominated for several music awards, such as AEUSA for Best New Talent, Uganda Entertainment Award for Best African Act, and the BET Award for International Viewers’ Choice.