By Alex Balimwikungu
Tanzanian singer Raymond Shaban Mwakyusa popularly known as Rayvanny has quit Diamond Platnumz’ Wasafi Classic Baby (WCB) records.
Rayvanny made the announcement on Tuesday saying that he is now focused on his record label dubbed “Next Level Music”.
In a two-minute video Rayvanny paid a glowing tribute to his former boss Diamond Platnumz thanking him for giving him an opportunity.
“My respect to you Diamond Platnumz will be forever, God bless you, Diamond. But there comes a time when a child goes out to start their own life and bring back respect to his family. Now it is my time to leave, and grow other talents at my record label, Next Level Music,” he said.
The two started working six years ago and during their time together, Rayvanny won a BET award and was the first artiste in East Africa to obtain 100,000,000 view plays on Boomplay.
Rayvanny was signed by Wasafi in 2015 and had hits like “Tetema” but rumours of his departure started in 2021 and he vehemently denied.
Claims made by Tanzania’s popular social media influencer and Clouds FM radio presenter Mwemba Burtoon famously known as Mwijaku, Diamond was demanding a total of $829,383 (sh3.1b) from Rayvanny to allow him ditch the label.
But it seems the two parties have reached an amicable agreement; this is evident by Diamond’s comment on Rayvanny’s Instagram post regarding his exit.
Rayvanny becomes the second artiste to leave Wasafi after Harmonize in 2018.