“I sold tea at Kariokor.” Harmonize

Harmonize is one of the biggest stars in Tanzania at the moment but just like Diamond Platnumz, he had his humble beginnings.

Harmonize

“Kenya ni kati ya nchi zinazo nisupport sana so nikipata nafasi nilitamani kuongea nao.” Harmonize said. (Translation: Kenya is one of the countries that support my music so I always wanted a chance to talk to my fans here)

He disclosed that the aim of this visit is for his fans to get to know him more and learn about what inspired his music. He also feels that being live on radio has a bigger impact as he can connect better with his fans more than he does on social media. “I always dreamt of talking about my song, but thank God I have a chance to talk with Kenyans.” He said.

He also spoke about the inspiration behind his hit song ‘Matatizo’ which resonates with a lot of fans across East Africa.

“Unajua maisha ya waafrika wengi sio mazuri na wenye Maisha mazuri ni wachache sana. Niko kati ya wale walioyapitia  maisha magumu sana japo kuwa si vizuri kuzungumza juu ya up and downs, japo naona mtu akizungumza anawapa motisha wengi.” He said. (As you know most Africans struggle to make ends meet and those that have money are very few. I’m among those who had a difficult life and although it’s not very nice to talk about your struggles I felt that it was important that my fans heard of my story and felt motivated to change their lives.)

"Matatizo is basically my life” he said before revealing that sometimes he would go to bed hungry as he didn’t have money for food or a place to sleep. To make ends meet he used to hawk tea in Kariokor market.

“Nilikuwa nauza chai Kariokor, naamka saa kumi alfajiri natengeneza chai naenda kuuza.” He said before revealing that he wasn’t sure that Matatizo would prosper like his other love songs. But it struck a chord with his fans and surpassed all his expectations, inspired many and created a huge fandom.

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