Don’t compare me to Diamond, warns Ali Kiba

Ali Kiba
Ali Kiba said that his one hit has the potential of remaining relevant for long PHOTO/COURTESY

Ali Kiba received a king’s welcome when he arrived in Kenya for the third cycle of the Coke Studio Africa Recording earlier this week, but that was nothing compared to the love that Kenyans on social media showed him as he was interviewed by Lillian Muli for #OneonOne.

His name shot to the top of the trends as Kenyans on social media reminisced on his golden oldies like Cinderella and Mac Muga. Requests also came streaming in for his new hits Mwana and Chekecha Chekechea.

Kiba, who recently came back to the music scene after a three year hiatus, walked away with six prestigious trophies at the 2015 Kilimanjaro Awards beating internationally acclaimed artist Diamond Platinumz.

Speaking candidly during the Citizen TV interview on Friday night, Kiba rubbished claims that he won the Kilimajaro awards unfairly.

“I feel like I am the best and I deserved the awards that I won. My fans missed my music and they voted for me. That is why I won six out of the seven categories that I was nominated for,” he said.

When asked about his relationship with Diamond, Kiba refuted rumors that they two are on bad terms.

“Don’t believe what you hear out there. There’s no beef between me and Diamond, and there has never been. I can assure you that Diamond and I have never fought over anything,” he said emphatically.

He however intimated that he gets irritated when people compare him to the Mbagala singer.

“I am me and Diamond is Diamond. We each have our own musical styles. I do my music in a way that only I can. So, I will not feel that because Diamond is out there doing collabos with others that I must do the same,” he said.

He was also quick to refute claims that he dedicated his new hit single Mwana to Diamond, but he admitted that he does listen to his Diamond’s songs.

In addition to his music, Ali Kiba is campaigning for conservation of Africa’s wildlife alongside Oscar Award Winning Actress Lupita Nyongo.

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Don’t compare me to Diamond, warns Ali Kiba
Joy Chelagat
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