It's Official: Rayvanny Is Leaving Wasafi

Vanny Boy out!

By  | Mar 09, 2021, 11:30 AM  | Rayvanny  | Drama

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Bongo flava singer Rayvanny is planning to open his own record label a move that could see him exit his current label Wasafi Classic Baby (WCB) owned by music star Diamond Platnumz.

In a post on his Instagram page, Rayvanny shared the logo of his new record label dubbed New Level Music. He captioned the image "It was all a dream #NextLevelMusic #NLM."

Rayvanny was officially signed under WCB Wasafi in 2015 and released his first single under the label dubbed Kwetu in 2016.

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In 2017 he became the first artiste from Tanzania to win a BET Award, after being crowned “THE BET Viewers Choice Best New International Act”.
This made him the second artist to win a BET Award in East Africa after Eddy Kenzo won the International Viewers Award in 2015.

His announcement on the new label comes months after Diamond Platnumz disclosed that the Tetema hitmaker was going to launch one of the biggest Record Label in Africa. This move is also an indication that Vanny boy is ready to identify talent that will make Next Level Music a force to reckon with in the music sphere.

“In the near future Rayvanny is going to start his own record label that will be very big. His studio will be the biggest in Tanzania... I was looking at his studio and the day he posts it will be the number one studio in Tanzania," Diamond said.

Contrary to popular opinion that Diamond and WCB management hold grudges when their artists leave, Diamond said that any artiste under his Management is free to start and run his own label to an extent of signing other artists.

In October 2019, former WCB signee Harmonize launched his own Record Label dubbed Konde Music Worldwide, after ending his relationship with WCB Wasafi.

WCB is arguably the biggest record label in East Africa having produced powerhouse artists like Harmonize, Rayvanny, Lava Lava, Queen Darleen, Mbosso and Zuchu.

Despite the flowery image that WCB Wasafi has cultivated a number of fall-outs have been witnessed at the record label. The label has been dropped by talents such as Rich Mavoko. The bongo flava star revealed that he opted to leave the label upon realizing they were doing so little to elevate his career yet he had recorded a lot of songs meant to be released.

He revealed that WCB Management failed to honour the contract he signed while joining the label forcing him to look for an alternative to survive in the music industry.

Mavoko disclosed that the delay by WCB in releasing his projects forced his mother to intervene, trying to find what was holding him back. Mavoko’s elder sister who was at the centre of negotiations leading to her brother’s exit revealed that they were asked to pay a compensation fee of Tsh500 million (Sh23 Million) but they declined.

Harmonize was forced to part with the same amount of money last year when he asked to leave. The singer was forced to sell his three houses and a piece of land to raise the money. The compensation was to allow him full rights ownership of songs he did under WCB.
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