Bongo Flava star Raymond Shaban Mwakyusa popular as Rayvanny has called it a day at WCB Wasafi record label.
The singer has left Wasafi after growing frustrated at the record label he joined in 2016 and unleashed hits like Kwetu (which introduced him to the world), Tetema and Mwanza (both featuring his boss Diamond Platnumz), Zezeta, Mbeleko, I Love You, Paranamwe (featuring Harmonize) among others.
Slightly more than a week ago, Vanny Boy set tongues wagging after he pulled down all his posts on Instagram with many terming it a stunt ahead of a potential song release while others thought he could have been heartbroken.
But in a WhatsApp chat with Yours Truly a couple of days ago he revealed that he had pulled down the posts due to ongoing issues with the management but did not hint at a possible exit from the record label.
“For now we cannot even talk business but if I iron out the issues we will talk more because as we speak I have issues with the management that is why I deleted all the photos on my Instagram (account),” the singer offered to Yours Truly.
According to Mombasa-based award winning entertainment blogger Mykol Baya Machampali, the singer got tired of the continued delay in his music or a times WCB CEO Diamond Platnumz pouncing on his songs and forcing a collaboration where at times he did not plan to feature anyone.
In a video uploaded on his YouTube channel, Machampali Media, on Wednesday, the singer has also continued to record monetary fortunes in small measures.
“I have been whispered to by my confidants in WCB Wasafi why Rayvanny has left. He has gotten tired of the management delaying the release of his songs where he has been releasing like a single song in two months. Due to these shows have been few and sometimes Diamond has been forcing himself into some songs and he cannot argue with the boss, but he got frustrated,” Machampali narrates.
Mbeya Boy as he is known in some quarters, has been recording his songs in his studio called Surprise Music and shooting the videos on his own budget by using his personal photographer Mzava, but again the management has always asked for 70% of the proceeds despite not meeting the expenses, Machampali says.
It will however take a little while before the communication is made official as Machampali explains.
“Rayvanny is now an independent artiste but it is not official yet. He has to clear with the company with regards to the contracts so as to be a free man. He has to pay for the debts, the songs released and pay for the brand Rayvanny as it is owned by Wasafi and not him; or else he cannot use the name. He must do all that before he can be free,” Machampali concludes.
Rayvanny now follows in the footsteps of Harmonize and Rich Mavoko who all quit the record label citing frustrations.