The trio of Tanzania’s music sensation, Diamond Platnumz, Senegal’s Mao Sidibe and Phy Mwihaki Ng’etich of Kenya are this week’s guests on African Voices, a CNN International’s 30-minute magazine programme powered by data grandmasters, Globacom.
Diamond Platnumz whose real name is Naseeb Abdul Juma is appearing on the show few weeks after his superlative performance at the 2016 Glo-CAF Awards gala night held in Abuja on January 5.
Born in 1989, Diamond Platnumz renowned for his hit song, “Number One”, is reputed to be the most loved and decorated Tanzanian artiste at the moment. In 2014, he set a new record at the Tanzania Music Awards by winning 7 awards, including Best Male Writer, Best Male Artiste, Best Song Writer and Best Male Entertainer of the Year. He also won the Best Live Act at the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards as well as Artiste of the Year and Best Male Artiste, East Africa, at the 2015 African Muzik Magazine Awards.
The second guest, Mao Sidibe of Senegal grew up in Dakar where he started the dancehall crew, “BBC Sound System“. In 2012, he opened his own music and video production company, Mao Production, and was nominated by France national radio RFI for their annual African Music awards Prix Découvertes 2015. Mao is reputed for his eclectic mix of reggae, pop and dancehall beat fused with Senegalese traditional drums and instruments.
The third guest, Phy Mwihaki Ng’etich is a Nairobi-based musician who started singing at a very young age. Her incredible talent came to the fore when at only eight years old she won the overall number one position at the Kenya Music Festival for the solo classical piece in her age category. In 2011, Phy came together with a group of friends to form PHY AND THE BAND and their sound was heavily influenced by the Afro/Urban genre. In 2014, Phy went solo by creating her own musical genre which is a diverse array of varieties and sub-varieties with Mali music, India arie, Fena gitu as some of her inspirations in creating what many describe as “PHY-music”.
Globacom enjoined viewers to catch African Voices on CNN International at 10:30a.m. and 4.30p.m. on Friday to watch the highly entertaining programme. The company said the repeat broadcasts would be aired at 4.30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 12.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Sunday. There are further repeats at 11.30 a.m. on Monday and 5.30 a.m. on Tuesday