BY STYLE REPORTER
Local hip-hop singer King 98 on Friday extended his benevolence when he reached out to the Pillimissahnah Foundation Drug Rehabilitation Centre, a community-based treatment centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The youthful rapper is on a two-week tour of that country courtesy of an invite by music star Diamond Platnumz, born Nasibu Abdul Juma Issack.
Last Sunday, King 98 joined forces with another Tanzania sensation Raymond Shaban, aka Rayvanny, to shoot a video of a new song. Rayvanny is a top selling East African singer and is under Diamond Platnumz’s Wasafi Classic Baby record label.
However, after a series of radio and television interviews coupled by joint gigs at top clubs in the Tanzanian city alongside Diamond Platnumz, King 98 could not wrap up his visit without showing the other side of his life — philanthropy.
“A few days ago, King98 expressed certain sentiments on the need to make sure he changes the world through a sociological philosophy of ubuntu, which says that ‘I am because we are’,” said the rapper’s publicity manager Stephen Tsikirai.
“Fast forward, with a heart-oozing with the insatiable desire to reach out to the needy, King98 got hold of a Tanzanian tour guide company so that they could guide him to a location of people victimised by drug addiction.”
Tsikirai said King 98 was referred to the Pillimissahnah Foundation Drug Rehabilitation Centre where he mingled and heard stories of some of the inmates.
“We were welcomed at the centre. King 98 is now a big brand in Tanzania, so everyone is expecting him,” Tsikirai said.
“King 98 served food to the inmates and also ate with them before he gave a stunning performance much to the delight of the inmates, many of whom were the youths.”
He said the Shoko hit maker donated foodstuffs to the centre.
“In his speech, he encouraged the youths to desist from using drugs. He told them that heroes were not people who have saved lives only, but also those have have managed to change themselves because changing the world starts from changing personal habits,” Tsikirai said.