Naseeb Abdul Juma popularly known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz, is a Tanzanian-born Bongo Flava recording artist and singer best known for his hit song “Number One”.
Born at Amana hospital in Dar es Salam in Tanzania on October 2nd 1989, Diamond who is regarded as the one of Africa’s Leading and most Influential Artist, grew up at his grandmother’s house in the western part of Tandale,
Life As A Beginner For Diamond Platnumz
The Tanzanian star, Diamond Platnumz also known as Chibu Dangote grew up as his mother’s only child. With his father not being in the picture, his mum and grandmother were forced to rent out part of the rooms in order to help fend for their daily needs as well as pay their bills.
Diamond started his educational career by first attending Chakula Bora Nursery School in 1995 after which he went to Tandale Magharibi in 1996 where he graduated from in 2002.
Interestingly, Nasibu began showing interest in music while he was still in standard Five. He took up singing and imitating local and international artists at every given opportunity.
His mum also contributed by buying albums of different artists for him. Some times, she also took him out to different talent shows and most importantly, assisted him in writing the music lyrics in a way he can easily sing them.
Though family members largely criticized her actions based on their perception of Music as a waste of time, Naseeb’s mother continued showering him full support in the pursuit of his dreams as a musician up until after 2006 when Naseeb completed his secondary education and started his music career officially.
Life as A Music Artist
Life as an artist was never rosy for Diamond as many would have thought. The star had a very hard time trying to fit into the industry. He was forced to do casual works like selling fairly used clothes, freelancing and even become a filling station attendant among many other jobs just to raise money for a studio session in 2007.
After much effort, Diamond successfully released his first single ‘Nenda Kamwambie’ with the financial support of Msafiri Peter aka Papaa Misifa who helped to nurture his talent.
Diamond’s Rise To Fame
Diamond became very popular after the release of his hit song ‘Number One’ which earned him a nomination at the BET Awards. He performed at the Big Brother Africa 7 eviction show in May 2012 and he was labeled the most loved and decorated Tanzanian artist at the moment who also has the highest selling Tanzanian artist of ringtones by mobile phone companies in 2013.
As if that was not enough, Diamond was named among the artists earning the highest income in the African Great Lakes region’s music industry.
In May 3 2014, Diamond Platnumz broke a new record at the Tanzania Music Awards by winning 7 awards, including Best Male Writer, Best Male Artist, Best Song Writer and Best Male Entertainer of the Year.
The previous record was set by 20%, a recording artist who walked away with 5 awards at the 2011 Tanzania Music Awards. Prior to 20%’s accomplishments, Diamond held the record for winning 3 awards at the 2010 Tanzania music awards.
Diamond had won for himself, close to 15 awards at Tanzania Music Awards ceremonies held between 2010 and 2014. That’s not all, in 2015, the singer emerged victor in the Worldwide Act: Africa/India category at the MTV Europe Music Awards that were held in Milan. He was a top winner at the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) held in Nigeria in November 2015.
Diamond Platnumz Personal Life
Not only is Diamond a talented singer, he is also a talented father and hubby. Though not yet officially married, the popular singer has a strong relationship with his Ugandan socialite girlfriend Zari Hassan, a London educated with a Diploma in Cosmetology who is now a South African based entrepreneur and owns a tertiary college and cosmetics shop
The multiple award winning star and his girlfriend have a baby girl whose name is Lattifah also known as Tiffer Dangote. Prior to her birth in August 6 2015, Diamond and his pretty queen Zari posted half-nude shots as they counted down to the delivery. Recently, he created a separate instagram account where he shares beautiful pictures of himself and his family.