On his fourth performance in Uganda, Tanzanian singing star and one of Africa’s most acclaimed artistes, Diamond Platnumz, is set to headline a concert organized by Comedy Store Uganda. The 2015 MTV Africa Music Award (MAMA) winner, whose 2023 release Yatapita has gained wide popularity, will be performing at Kololo Airstrip in Kampala on July 14.
It is the first time the dancer and founder of Wasafi Record Label is playing in Uganda since his July 2019 captivating showcase at Comedy Store that many reviewed as having been outstanding and energetic. He has been in Uganda only twice before that – 2014 and 2017.
Comedy Store Uganda’s CEO, Alex Muhangi, says the upcoming show is a fundraiser that will hopefully be Comedy Store’s lifeboat following the COVID-19 brunt and the gruesome impact that the entertainment industry has faced following a two-year lockdown and the subsequent economic pinch resulting from inflation.
“We are excited to have Diamond Platnumz back. He had a blast on his previous visit in Uganda when Comedy Store hosted him. He was humbled by the warmth he received. And the audience got 200 percent from his performance. And he’s promised it’s going to be even better this time round,” Alex Muhangi said.
Since the beginning of the year, Comedy Store reduced its frequency from a weekly show to holding one show a month. “The entertainment sector, especially events, is yet to recover from the ravages of COVID-19. Interestingly, the cost of everything else has been hiked, except for ticket fees to concerts. Yet our clients no longer have as much money at their disposal due to the general economic conditions,” he said, adding; “We hope this fundraiser can help us get back on track and provide the much-needed impetus for Comedy Store Foundation to execute its projects many of which are focused on skilling the youths”.
The July 14 show will also feature other East African stars such as Nameless (Kenya) famed for hits like Sinzia, Inspire and Boomba Train. Rwanda’s Bruce Melodie known for hit songs like Katapilla, Saa Moya, Nyoola and Sawa Sawa is also lined up to perform.
Platnumz is performing for two full hours, which gives his fans and lovers of thrilling performances an idea of what to expect. Fenon Events will be producing the show. Last year, Platnumz hit another milestone when he surpassed the seven million subscribers mark on YouTube underlining his unique position among the elite African artistes on the platform by number of subscribers.
His catalog of popular songs so far includes Waah!, Jeje, African Beauty, Tetema, Kanyaga, Inama, Mtasubiri, Marry You, Number One, Salome and Nana among others. During his 17-year singing career, he has collaborated with the crème de la crème of the industry including Rick Ross, Morgan Heritage, Omarion, Davido, P Square, Ne-Yo, Tiwa Savage, Koffi Olomide, Fally Ipupa, Adekunle Gold and Focalist among others.