Tehn Diamond

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Tehn Diamond
Tehn Diamond performing at the Big Brother Africa finals 2013
Tehn Diamond performing at the Big Brother Africa finals 2013
Background information
Birth nameTendai Nguni
Born (1985-01-17) 17 January 1985 (age 38)
OriginHarare, Zimbabwe
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Musician, recording artist, rapper
Years active2006–present
LabelsIndependent (current)
Spouse(s)Miss Chindiya
Websitewww.iamtehn.com

Tendai Ryan Nguni (born 17 January 1985),[1] better known by his stage name Tehn Diamond now Tehn[2] is a Zimbabwean hip hop rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor from Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a member of the hip-hop collective Few Kings,[3] with whom he has released one album.[4] On the First of January 2017, Tehn released his debut album titled a few good poems[5][6] and later that year they released the sequel to The Feeling Aint Fair titled The Feeling Aint Fear or just #TFAF2[7] with Jnr Brown & Take Fizzo. He stars in the movie Cook Off, Zimbabwe's first feature film to be released via Netflix.[8][9]

Early life[edit]

Tendai Nguni was born in 1985 to a politician father,[10] Sylvester Nguni and his mother, a care giver. He has one brother and two sisters. While raised in the Borrowdale Brooke section, a gated community in Harare, Zimbabwe, and attended the St George's College, he originally moved to Brisbane, Australia to pursue a degree in finance, but later dropped out to pursue a music career.[11] In 2008, Federal Government of Australia announced it would revoke student visas for eight children of senior members of President Robert Mugabe's regime and Tendai Nguni was one of them.[12]

Musical career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

He relocated to Singapore where he began to explore his music talent.[13] Whilst in Singapore, Tehn Diamond performed over 800 shows,[14] before moving back to Zimbabwe where he now resides permanently.

Tehn Diamond's career started with Student of the Game — Higher Learning, in 2008 and its follow-up titled Student of the Game — Boys will be Boys in 2010. They received a good following landing him a National Arts Merits Award accolade for Best Video in 2012.

[15]

2012-present[edit]

In December 2014, he embarked on a tour of Zimbabwe which saw him perform at multiple venues across Zimbabwe culminating in a show in Bulawayo hosted by local beauty products brand VAULTED and has done several collaborations with other fellow Zimbabwean artists including The Djembe Monks, tribal house music group from Bulawayo. Tehn Diamond also headlined Africa's biggest reality eviction show Big Brother.[16][17][18][19] His song titled Happy was placed in rotation nationally by all major radio stations that include Star FM and Power FM[20] and was nominated for best song of the year at the Zim Hip Hop Awards[21] On Valentine's Day 2015 he opened for Cassper Nyovest at 1+1 Long Cheng Plaza in Harare, of which Twitter went crazy over his performance with the main artist Cassper Nyovest himself tweeting "...you dope!"[22]

Awards[edit]

National Arts Merit Awards[edit]

The awards which are commonly referred to as the NAMAs are the principal awards in Zimbabwe and Tehn Diamond has won a NAMA more than once particularly in 2012 for Best Video(Happy ft Jnr Brown)

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 "Student Of the Game(SOTG)-Boys Will Be Boys"
Best Video Won
2010 "Student Of The Game-Higher Learning" Best Hip Hop Artist Won
Best Hip Hop Album Won


Discography[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Hot 100|Zim Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums|Zim
R&B
Top Rap Albums|Zim
Rap
The Feeling Aint Fair
(with Few Kings)
  • Released: 23 October 2013
  • Label: KYN Records, Nothing Short of Amazing, Big Boy Business, Zion
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As lead artist[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Power FM School of Hip Hop|Zim
Buddie Top 10|Zim
Hot Rap Songs|Zim
"Happy"[23]
(featuring Jnr Brown)
2013 The Feeling Aint Fair
"Grown up Kid"[24]
2012 "Student of the Game: Pursuit of Amazing"
"Simudza Gumbo"[25]
(featuring Dadza D)
2014 "The Perfect Tehn"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A three way with Tehn and Breezy".
  2. ^ "Director Of Purpose [#ATCTND] (@iamTEHN) - Twitter". twitter.com.
  3. ^ "Rappers Tehn Diamond, Jnr Brown and super producer Take 5 launches super group, announces album title and release date".
  4. ^ "Few Kings: The Feeling Ain't Fair Album Art and Track List".
  5. ^ "A Few Good Poems by Tehn" – via itunes.apple.com.
  6. ^ 3-mob.com (13 January 2017). "Tehn Diamond releases the real 'A Few Good Poems' album". Three Men On A Boat.
  7. ^ SpekkTrumn. "The Explosion That Is @FewKings' #TFAF2 cc @iamTEHN @jnrbrown263 @takefizzo #ZimHipHop".
  8. ^ "Zimbabwe: Faces Behind Zim's First Netflix Hit". allAfrica.com. 15 June 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  9. ^ Dzirutwe, MacDonald (1 June 2020). "Zimbabwean film industry makes Netflix debut with 'Cook Off'". Reuters. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Hip-hop artiste aims high". 31 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Zimbabwe's Talented Tehn Diamond Is on a Fast Track To Blowing Up".
  12. ^ "Zimbabwe leaders' children in Australia: who's here".
  13. ^ "Politicians look East to study as West closes doors".
  14. ^ "Zimbabwean Diamond in the making".
  15. ^ "Tehn Diamond releases third mixtape".
  16. ^ "Live Show: Tehn Diamond sparkles on stage".
  17. ^ "ZIMBABWE'S TEHN DIAMOND TO ROCK BBA8 STAGE".
  18. ^ "Tehn Diamond, Junior Brown to perform at BBA".
  19. ^ "Tehn Diamond to grace BBA".
  20. ^ "FAB New Music: MC Tehn Diamond 'Happy' featuring Junior Brown".
  21. ^ "Local hip-hop gets a chance to shine".
  22. ^ twitter.com/CassperNyovest/status
  23. ^ "Tehn Diamond – Music – Happy [feat. Jnr Brown; – Single by Tehn Diamond, Jnr Brown]". fewkings.com. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  24. ^ "Grown Up Kid – Official Music Video by Tehn Diamond". greedysouth.co.zw. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  25. ^ "Simudza Gumbo [feat. Dadza D]". greedysouth.co.zw. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.