Tehn Diamond
Tehn Diamond
BornTendai Nguni
(1988-09-19) September 19, 1988 (age 32)
Resting placeGlen Forest Memorial Park
  • Musician.

Tehn Diamond is an award winning Zimbabwean rapper, who hogged the musical limelight in 2012 by his hit song 'Happy' which was played on regional stations. The video for the song , is still being played on Channel O.


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.[1] He was raised in Borrowdale Brooke and attended St George's College before moving d to Brisbane, Australia to pursue a degree in finance.

Music career

Tehn who grew up singing along to Jackson 5 records from as early as 6 years knew singing was going to be part of his life. Before he started raping, 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 raping. It was however only one day that completely changed his life for good. The award wining rapper vividly remember the day- October 27, 2006 when American rapper Jay-Z came to Brisbane while was studying there. It was 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.[2] Two months later, Tehn dropped out his Bachelor of Commerce and Finance degree programme.,[3] and started concentrating on music. The same year, he started writing songs for his first mixtape SOTG1: Higher Learning which was released in 2008.[4] 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 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.[5]

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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 went to number one on Power FM for many weeks. The song was a banger that its video also received airplay on Channel 0 and Trace television channels.[6] The video has more than 36,354 views to date. Not only was the songs 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 premiering it. The song was once premiered 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".[7]

International Shows

Tehn had performed in many countries. One of his best performance was in 2012 when he perfomed 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.[8]


Tehn won a National Arts Merit Awards in the Best video category for the song 'Happy'. Apart from winning the Best Male artist at the Zim Hip Hop awards, Tehn have also been nominated in this year’s Zimbabwe Achievers Awards in the International Music Artist Category. The winners will be announced on the 10th of May at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London [9]

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  1. Phiona Okumu, Growing Pains: MC Tehn Diamond on Chasing Dreams and Repping Zimbabwe, Afripop Mag, Publihed: 2012, Retrieved: 4 Apr 2014
  2. A Moment With… Tehn Diamond, Three Men on a Boat, Published: 10 Jan 2012, Retrieved: 4 Apr 2014
  3. Tehn Diamond, #TheDailyTehN x "First You're A Fool, Then You're Free", I am Tehn, Published: 26 March 2014
  4. Holly Rahman, A – interviews – Tehn Diamond! [Zimbabwe], Around the A, Published: 3 Dec 2013, Retrieved :4 Apr 2014
  5. Godwin Mungwadzi, Ten questions with Tehn Diamond, Greedy South, Retrieved:4 Apr 2014
  6. Sharon Muguwu, Tehn Diamond speaks on 'Simudza Gumbo', DailyNews, Published: 28 Jan 2014, Retrieved: 4 Apr 2014
  7. GS, Road to Perfect Tehn: Tehn Diamond x Junior Brown x Take 5, Greedy South, Published: Dec 2012, Retrieved: 4 Apr 2014
  8. Tafadzwa Zimoyo, Tehn Diamond sparkles on Big Brother, The Herald, Published: 13 Aug 2013, Retrieved: 4 Apr 2014
  9. Entertainment Reporters, Hip-hop duo up for awards, The Herald, Published: 11 Mar 2014, Retrieved: 4 Apr 2014