Tehn Diamond speaks on 'Simudza Gumbo'

HARARE - Hip-hop star, Tehn Diamond says his new release Simudza Gumbo featuring Dhadza D is all about what people can do for the country instead of what the country can do for them.

“My new single is all about turning the conversation from ‘what can our country do for us?’ to ‘what can we do for our country and each other? It’s a Zimbabwean hip-hop song that believes in the endless possibilities of all Zimbabweans available to us when we work together for each other.

So it uses the old war cry “Simudza Gumbo” to rally the listener into action for a greater good,” he said.

Tehn Diamond said he was attracted by Dhadza D’s energy.

“The collaboration came about from late last year when I performed at The Big Chill with my team Few Kings and met Dhadza who was also performing. That was my first time watching him live and his energy was off the hook. Dairai Dairai (Dadza D’s song) became a favourite tune of mine that night and it felt like Dhadza would be perfect for Simudza Gumbo.

‘‘We gained mutual respect for each other that night we met and this collaboration and future ones are going to build on that. Zim hip-hop and Zim dancehall are two exciting genres striving to develop a growing industry. It was a natural fit.”

However, the song does not have a video as yet, and the artiste is still working on it.

“There is no video for the song yet, but there is one in the works. This year is all about the visual experience.

"With all the amazing exposure new stations have been giving us, it is time the fans got to know our faces too.”

He launched the song first at Star FM.

“The song was initially launched on Star FM exclusively for a few days before hitting the other stations. This was to acknowledge the role each station has played in widening the reach of Zim hip-hop.

I am hoping to release new exclusive singles through the other stations as well throughout the year.

“It has been an incredibly exciting journey so far. I think it has been an experience that has really forced me to grow and tested me as an individual.

"Not every day is a success, but the days where you need to really dig deep and keep believing in yourself are the ones that make you. I am grateful for every lesson this journey as taught me,” said Tehn Diamond.

The artiste has been working tirelessly so far and has many projects in his bag.

“I have so far released three solo projects and two collaborative projects. The most recent collaborative effort The Feeling Ain’t Fair, as part of Few Kings, was actually my first album. The rest of my body of work have been mixtapes and promotional projects, this year however, I will be releasing my debut solo album titled The Perfect Tehn.”

His song Happy which he features Junior Brown has been receiving good airplay on regional television. Last year it was alleged that the song was banned on ZTV for showing women in bikinis.

“I have not received any official word on that, so I honestly could not tell you why. I am just happy for the success that video enjoyed throughout 2013 both on ZBC and now on Channel O and Trace TV.

“My plan is to keep attempting to make videos of quality that can launch us into a space where we’re competing with the heavyweights of this rich pan-African music scene that’s captivated the world’s imagination.

"Always the aim is to represent who we are, in as professional and authentic manner as possible whilst striving for excellence. We want to compete, we have an incredible wealth of talent in Zimbabwe and our greatest desire is to elevate and showcase it,” he said.

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.