Exclusive: King 98 On Working With Tanzania’s Finest Diamond Platnumz.
The manner in which King 98 goes about delivering his artistry has catapulted him to a rare seat at the table, within the realm of music. His music career is soaring and he has collaborated with the creme de la cream of the music industry in Africa.
King 98 says working with Diamond Platnumz was a dream come true. He says their collaboration came after his visit to Tanzania in February.
“I went to Tanzania in February and that is when his manager organized and I went to his house and he took me around and showed me how he works and for me, he is like the biggest artist in Africa. The amount of following that he has in Africa and in his country is big so he doesn’t really work with anyone, he saw something on me”
He says they started cooking up the storm in the studio 2 days after they had initially met. Speaking about the pleasure of working with him he says, “It was a good experience and life-changing, it is my biggest song, I am really happy and I’m excited the future,” he explains.
The rapper is clearly having the best run of his music career yet, as he recently announced that their music video has reached 1 million views on YouTube, proving that work does pay off indeed.
“Working with Nasty C that was a dream come true because growing up when I was 16 or 17 that when Nasty C blew up with him that working with him was an ice-breaker it and It was mindblowing because I look up to him and with Davido I never saw it coming I listen to his music but I never thought I would be in a song with him and meeting him and being part of his camp for me to have this experience at a young age it is a blessing,” he explains.
King 98 says his collaboration with Davido was brought to life when the African superstar came to Zimbabwe and he met him at a hotel and he had a song that gave him and he jumped into it.
King 98 might be making his mark in SA but he says he is proud about the growth of the music industry back at home in Zimbabwe, “The industry is growing and we are getting there, stuff like sound and visuals, we are growing and I think in the next 3 to 4 years we will be there,” he says.
The rapper comes from a supportive family and his father is a well-known business tycoon in Zimbabwe, who owns Impala Car Rental and is known for promoting numerous artists, he says the love and support from his family has been nothing short of amazing.
“It is the most important thing and they support me and they push me, and I’m the most disciplined artist even Davido did say, and having them around teaching me to be a good man is a blessing. You know with artists some drink and do bad stuff so for me I take this as a profession and my family protects me so that I cannot be on scandals, ”
The rapper says during the lockdown period he has been doing some charity work, shooting his videos, and working on his music. He says this year he will release a single in the first week of September and we look forward to hearing it.
The rapper reckons that things have been hard during this period but he believes in having different streams of income than just depending on the music.
“With me, I am an entrepreneur I don’t believe that music is the only income I could have and I try to use the music to open other businesses, I sell merchandise also.”
Speaking about his future plans he says “I see myself being a dominant force in Africa especially in East Africa, and SA I see myself working with Chris Brown.”