Brenda Phiri Entertainment Reporter
Artistes are known to have an unusual fashion sense.
Their stage costumes usually stand out for being unusual and they set fashion trends in the process.
The latest celebrity to join the brigade is Tendai Nguni popularly known as Tehn Diamond.
The artiste, who is behind the “Tisu Ngoda Dzacho” and “Happy” fashion labels drew attention at Jah Prayzah’s album launch when he pitched up clad in pink printed pants.
He also made an appearance at Vault Cosmetics launch in Barbours Stores over the weekend and many could not help but gaze at his printed yellow pants.
“The African print pants are inspired by a desire to support our local fashion designers. All over the world, fashion and music are joined at the hip, so I think it’s important to foster those kinds of collaborations here. I (also wear the) pants as a means of expressing myself as an artiste and as an individual,” he said.
The recently engaged rapper said his colourful pants were made by Bulawayo-based Enyioma Enwerem from the Ministry Clothing Company.
He said he liked being different and was not apologetic even after facing criticism about his fashion sense lately.
This development comes at a time when the “Happy” singer was criticised by fellow musicians for opting to wear beads over gold chains.
“My collection is growing nicely. I got a good eight pairs and soon I will have a lot more. Some obviously don’t like them but in fashion there are two types of people; those who dress to impress others and the ones who dress to express themselves.
“I happen to be all about self-expression. Worrying about what others think about what I wear is really none of my business,” he said.
Tehn Diamond said he is determined to continue with his new image and was considering partnering with Enyioma and one Gilmore Tee to boost his fashion image
“I really like the fashion sense of our brothers in West Africa so a lot of fabrics that I tend to pick out are originally from there. I also love to pair that kind of Afrocentric feel with the hip-hop swag that South Africans are so good at and, of course, no outfit of mine is complete without a Tisungoda Dzacho snap-back (cap). That’s my crown piece,” he said.