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Khaligraph Jones vs. Diamond Platnumz: Coffin stage entrance sparks feud

Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones has called out Tanzanian Bongo sensation Diamond Platnumz for what he perceives as a blatant copycat move during a recent performance at the Wasafi Festival. 

Diamond’s entrance onto the stage, nestled within a coffin surrounded by eerie lanterns and dangling skeletons, has raised eyebrows and drawn sharp comparisons to Khaligraph’s striking coffin stage entrance six years prior.

During his electrifying performance of “Mazishi” at the Jameson Connect event in 2017, Khaligraph Jones astounded his audience when a somber procession, featuring pallbearers clad in somber black attire, ushered a coffin towards the stage. It was a spectacle that left fans bewildered and intrigued, unsure of what awaited them. As the casket finally came to a halt, Khaligraph Jones dramatically emerged from within, bursting forth with an exuberant energy that defined the rest of his show.

In a candid conversation with the media following his performance at the time, Khaligraph Jones defended his unconventional choice, explaining that he believed it was the most compelling way to convey his intended message. “I felt that the message I was trying to put across would be better with a casket on set because I was trying to give two different sides of the story,” he explained, shedding light on his creative thought process.

However, recent events have ignited a feud between the two East African music giants. Khaligraph Jones expressed his frustration on social media, asserting that Diamond Platnumz’s recent performance was an imitation of his own coffin stage entrance from six years ago. The rapper, often referred to as the OG called for respect for his artistic ingenuity and originality.

Jones did not mince his words, stating, “I did it six years ago. The OG should be respected.” His comments quickly ignited a firestorm on social media, with fans and fellow artists weighing in on the matter. Some argued that artistic inspiration is commonplace, while others supported Khaligraph Jones’ claim that his unique concept deserved acknowledgment and respect.

The debate over artistic originality and influence in the music industry is ongoing, with each side passionately defending their perspective. It remains to be seen whether this public feud will escalate or if it will ultimately serve as a reminder of the enduring impact of Khaligraph Jones’ groundbreaking coffin stage entrance, which left an indelible mark on the East African music scene.

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