KIM of DIAMONDS, Malawi’s 2019 Urban Music People ( UMP) Female Artist Of The Year Awards Winner.
Kimberley Kaunda was drawn to music at an early age of 10, growing up not just with a harmonious father the six-string genius, but also listening to inspirational and influential artists such as Bob Marley, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, India Irie, Mariah Carey, Craig David, Beyoncé, and Nigerian legend Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
KIM was born on May 27, 1990 in Malawi. She grew up and went to school in Malawi and Zimbabwe before moving to England, UK. In 2017 she got a degree in Business Administration.
Her early childhood singing was terrible and that is what motivated her to push forward. At the age of 14, she was already writing songs. She would later blossom into a creative & soulful artist, working with Lawi from Lawi Music Garage for her first two albums (Freedom 2015 & The Revolution 2016). Her brother, Manyanda, who pens down her Chichewa songs and Malawian producers, BFB & Sonyezo, her singing has evolved into her own distinct sound, a blend of Soul, R&B, Pop, Hip Hop and Acoustic.
In 2015, KIM of Diamonds (Coined after a South African diamond mining town in the Northern Cape, Kimberley) released her first album, Freedom and then followed it up with another one in 2016 called The Revolution. In 2018 she released a self-titled album “KIM of Diamonds”.
Starting off 2019 with a single “Heart Go”, an Afro-pop hit produced by Zambia’s Chanza Peter “The Beat Banger” Kasongo , she could not have envisioned winning the prestige Urban Music People’s Award and appearing on the September’s front cover issue of Malawi’s Ecstasy Magazine.The year 2019 was KIM of Diamonds landmark year.
In 2020 KIM says she would like to take her music career further. She would like to compose songs for artists across the globe. In Africa she says it will be an honour to work with Nasty C and Tekno on her future projects.
Her plan for the year is to proceed with releasing new music and visuals as she grows her brand both locally and internationally.
KIM has graced the Lake of Stars stage alongside international artists such as Sauti Sol, Major Lazer, BeCharlotte, Faith Mussa, Lazarus, and other exceptional musicians.
KIM of Diamonds music journey is entwined with youth and girl empowerment, with a record of working on various music/community projects with Plan Malawi, UNICEF, Timveni Child, Youth Media and brand ambassadorship with Castel’s Booster Cider.
Her music is available for purchase on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/by/artist/kim-of-diamonds/1423014515 and CDBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/kimofdiamonds
Some of her music is also available for download from her website: www.kimofdiamonds.com/downloads.html
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FB Page: www.facebook.com/kimofdiamonds