Diamond Platnumz: We are the Swahili nation


Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz was among African musicians and only East African nominated in BET award for the BET Awards 2021.

The 2021 awards were handed out on Sunday night and multiple award-winning Nigerian singer and songwriter Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy was announced as the winner for the category.

Diamond Platnums have not have won the award but he did get much attention around him on the red carpet.

The Tanzanian musician turned up wearing Maasai clothes – the ethnic group that straddles Tanzania and Kenya. He is, however, from another ethnic group.

In a post on Instagram, he wrote: “We are the Swahili nation”.

Reflecting on not winning the award he said: “I believe another time we will take it. I take comfort for tomorrow and the next day when another artist will be representing the nation in any way – we should give him strength as you did for me.”

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