Diamond – Why I didn’t dive into crowd in Nairobi
Tanzanian musician Diamond Platnumz, known for his great energy during life performances, says he has never entertained the thought of diving into a crowd in East Africa.
In a recent interview with Nairobi News, the Yatapita hitmaker opened up on his preference for remaining on the stage during his performances.
“No, I cannot dive into the crowd, especially in East Africa, because of my security and safety,” he explained.
The clarification came on the heels of a viral social media video where Diamond expressed his desire to emulate a fellow artist who had taken the plunge into the sea of fans during a recent performance in Nairobi.
Kenyans on social media, however, had some witty advice for the star.
They jokingly warned him that if he dared such a reckless move, he needed to hold onto his prized chains and shoes tightly, as the crowd would be swift in ‘redistributing’ his treasures.
The cautionary humor on social media was a reminder of the unpredictable and boisterous nature of East African crowds, where fans’ enthusiasm can sometimes border on overzealous admiration.
Interestingly, crowd-diving is not a novel concept in the East African entertainment scene.
In 2012, Ugandan singer Jose Chameleone had audiences in a frenzy during a performance in Kigali, the Rwandan capital.
The Valu Valu artist leaped into the crowd, nearly causing a stampede as eager fans clamored to touch their musical idol.
Diamond’s statement sheds light on the intriguing dynamics of performing in East Africa, where the line between fan adoration and security concerns can be a fine balance.
While he continues to captivate audiences with his music, it seems the thrill of crowd-surfing will remain an adventure reserved for other stages, in other places.
During his recent performance at the Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi, the sensational artist commanded the stage dressed in a striking all-red ensemble.
As he delivered an electrifying performance, he managed to maintain a careful distance from the exuberant crowd, a clear indication of his unwavering commitment to prioritizing his safety and security.
It was a performance that not only thrilled the audience but also underscored the delicate balance between creating a memorable show and ensuring personal well-being in the spotlight.