Bongo Star and Wasafi owner Diamond Platinumz said that singer Asley is not doing well in the music industry despite being talented.
Speaking during the album launch of singer Barnaba Classic, Diamond said that if Aslay was signed by Wasafi, he would have been a very big brand by now.
“Everyone knows Aslay. He is very talented but he is not doing so well. If he was in my hands, he would be a big brand,” he said.
He said that his wish would be for the music regulation board Basata to set up laws that protect music investors.
“Aslay would have gone far. Or if he got a good record label to invest in him, he would go far,” he said.
“People are talented. Singer TID is among the talented artists in East Africa and if someone invested TSh1 million in him, he would be big.
Diamond continued that music investors are afraid to invest in Tanzanian artists since they see what is happening to his record label Wasafi.
“Every day we are being trolled because of how we have set our contracts,” he said.
Diamond’s worry was the lack of support from the government and asked artists to be patient wherever they will be signed.
“When you are signed under a record label, you don’t just become an artiste, you become business,” he said.
“The problem with our signees, when they get that money, they look for ways to get that money alone.
“They start coming to the government and hiding there. They start saying they are being mistreated and the government protects them, and some investors are afraid to face the government.
“We want to have laws that protect both artists and investors.”
The Jeje hitmaker was responding to allegations of his company’s exploiting artists with their contracts.
A few weeks ago, one of the Wasafi artists Rayvanny signed off to start his own record label and was forced to pay a good amount to buy off the remaining period of his contract.
Diamond also talked about how much his alleged wife Zuchu would pay should she leaves the Wasafi Classic Baby record label.
“For her, nothing less than TSh10 billion. You guys can see the huge numbers she is racking on the YouTube streets,” he said.