Artist: Tehn Diamond
Song: Year Before Rap
Genre: rap/ Hiphop
The video was Directed by Carl Joshua Ncube.
ABOUT TEHN DIAMOND
Tehn is a Zimbabwean poet and rapper, who shot to the musical limelight in 2012 when his hit song ‘Happy’ was played on regional stations.
He was born to Sylvester Nguni, who is a well known politician on the 17th of January 1985 in Harare. His mother is a care giver in the United Kingdom. Tehn has sister in the United Kingdom and another one in America. He also has a brother who resides in China. He was raised in Borrowdale Brooke and attended St George’s College before moving to Brisbane, Australia to pursue a degree in finance.
Tehn grew up singing along to Jackson 5 records from as early as 6 years and he knew singing was going to be part of his life. Before he started rapping, he was merely an avid song writer from as early as primary school. When he turned 15, Tehn together with 4 friends decided to form a rap group which they named ‘Rao’. At this time he did not care much about rapping. It was however only one day that his life completely changed for good. The award wining rapper vividly remembers the day- October 27, 2006 when American rapper Jay-Z came to Brisbane while Tehn was studying there. It was the first concert he had ever been to in his life. He had grown up listening to Jay-Z and after a great performance, he decided once and for all that music was what he wanted to do with his life. Two months later, Tehn dropped from his Bachelor of Commerce and Finance degree programme,and started concentrating on music. The same year, he started writing songs for his first mixtape SOTG1: Higher Learning which was released in 2008. Tehn, once said he is not much of a rapper but someone who just genuinely loves to express himself through words. In his first mixtape the rapper sang about his life experiences and the changes he faced from dropping out of college to become a rapper. The man went on to release his second mixtape Boys Will Be Boys (SOTG2) on the 10th of October 2010. It was this mixtape that introduced Tehn, with songs such as ‘Grown up kid’ being favorably played on local stations.
Tehn Diamond teamed up with fellow hip hop artist , Junior Brown and producer Take Fizzo to form the group Few Kings. They released an album titled The Feeling Ain’t Fair on October 23, 2013 for free download
Claim to fame
It was only in 2013, that his music made the airwaves. His song ‘Happy’ which featured Junior Brown was a hit and was number one on Power FM for many weeks. The song was a banger that its video also received airplay on Channel 0 and Trace Urban television channels. The video has more than 36,354 views to date. Not only was the song played on regional channels, but it facilitated him to win a Zim Hip Hop Awards accolade. The fame of the song jumped across the boarders, with some international radio stations premièring it. The song was once premièred at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 1. The DJ who played it DJ Edu, described the track as, “catchy” and “sure to mash up the dance”.
Tehn has performed in many countries. One of his best performances was in 2012 when he performed during the Big Brother – The Chase Live Eviction Show. The audience went into a frenzy singing along his songs. the same year, the talented rapper toured the United Kingdom together with Junior Brown and Take Fizzo for the Zimbabwe Stand Up Summer Jam 2013 concert. In June 2015 he performed in Senegal at the Festa2H Festival alongside global artists such as Akro from Belgium and Das EFX from the United States of America.