Bongo flava superstar Rajab Abdul Kahali, popularly known by his stage name Harmonize, has come out to address the reason behind his exit from the Diamond Platnumz-owned WCB Wasafi record label.
Harmonize, who addressed the press after landing in Tanzania from a U.S music tour on Thursday, claimed that staying quiet on the matter has cost him his reputation.
“No one knows what led me to leave WCB. I have never talked about it, but today I will because it’s not good to make your fellow artist look bad, knowing that he is not. Supporters of WCB see me as a bad person as it has been portrayed,” he said.
Harmonize, in a bid to clear his name, narrated his experience working with fellow Tanzanian heavy hitter Diamond Platnumz, who is the founder and C.E.O of WCB Wasafi.
“I was signed into a 10-year contract at WCB. Any money I earned within the contract, Diamond would take 60%, leaving me with 40%. I would have to add my own money to my share in order to push my music,” he revealed.
Noting that music is his dream, Harmonize said his troubles at the label began when he started doing music tours to different countries, including Nigeria, and releasing widely successfully collaborations with continental acts.
The ‘Kainama’ hit maker also claimed that the WCB management slandered him after he started to become a household name in Tanzania, and was starting to be seen as rivaling Diamond.
Harmonize explained that he sought help from others, including Mama Dangote (Diamond’s mother), but all effort bore no fruit.
He added that chasing his dreams was mistaken for him trying to overtake Diamond in the music industry, accusing the Wasafi CEO of intentionally creating dispute with any successful Tanzanian artist.
“All artists who have had a quarrel with Diamond, has only been after they have hit the limelight. But as an upcoming artist, they are friends,” he said.
“Any artist that has been a hit in Tanzania including Ben Pol, Ali Kiba among others, has been in a fall out with Diamond.”