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Diamond Platnumz featured in Alicia Keys new Album

Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz is the only African artist who has been featured on Grammy award winner Alicia Keys’ latest album titled, ALICIA.

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The Tanzanian music icon and American star team up on the track from her new album, ALICIA.

(African Stand) — Renowned American singer Alicia Keys has released her current Spotify playlist. The playlist released by Spotify features two songs from Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz.

Diamond Platnumz‘s influence is clear as the song, titled “Wasted Energy,” is a far cry from what is usually expected from the “If I Ain’t Got You” singer.

Taking cues and influence from reggae, Afropop, and the bongo Flava that the Tanzanian star is known for, “Wasted Energy” speaks of a lover in a relationship with someone who intentionally ignores their needs and desires.

This is Alicia’s seventh student album and, according to the singer, her most personal one yet. In an interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music, Keys said of the record:

Currently, Alicia Keys is listening to ‘Nana’ by Diamond featuring Nigeria’s Mr. Flava. The playlist also has ‘African Beauty’ by Diamond featuring American singer Omarion.

It is no surprise that Alicia Keys has featured Diamond considering the singer has in the past complimented the bongo superstar.

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Diamond Platnumz. Photo: African Stand

Additionally, Diamond enjoys a cordial relationship with Keys’ husband and producer Swizz Beatz.

Early this year, Beatz shared the ‘Gere’ song by Diamond and Tanasha Donna expressing interest to do a remix of the song. Around the same time, Diamond visited the United States where he was pictured with Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz in the studio.

Alicia Keys is currently scheduled to release her album on Friday and it believed that she has featured Diamond on the project.

The album dubbed ‘Alicia’ will feature 15 songs with verses from Miguel, Khalid, and other musicians.

“This is so deep. Because I feel like I have, for the first time, been most fully myself now. In the beginning, I was very myself. I really was. Although I was unsure of this crazy world that I was in and I definitely didn’t know the rules or how to do it or exactly what I was doing, I was very sure of myself. I knew that I was a young woman. I’m boyish. I’m not trying to be all pretty and girly. I got my piano. I got my songs. I got my braids. Don’t try to make me do this. Don’t talk to me about that. Don’t bring me any flower dresses and sh-t. This is me. Take me or leave me, I don’t care.”

Check out the visual video for “Wasted Energy” here.

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Written by Joyce Namutosi

Joyce Namutosi is a Nairobi, Kenya based journalist with the local media and The Reporter newspaper. He has written for CNN, the Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail in Canada.

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