Tanzania: It’s a Matter of Time; Artist, Diamond Comment on BASATA Issue

The song was only one-day old when it was banned for “having graphic content”, making it unsuitable for public consumption. By the time it was banned, the song had garnered close to a million views.

On November 12, 2018, Tanzania’s National Arts Council, Baraza la Sanaa ya Taifa (Basata), banned Mwanza, a new track by Rayvanny featuring his stable-mate Diamond Platnumz.

The letter issued by Basata said the song should be removed from YouTube immediately and restricted any media houses in Tanzania from broadcasting, distributing or using the song in all areas of public consumption.

The ban came at a time when Wasafi Limited was planning their end-of-year Wasafi Festival Tour in Tanzania and Kenya.

During the first half of their tour, they didn’t perform the song until their fifth and last show in Mwanza, Tanzania.

“It was our fault to be banned. There was no way you can compare this with the Bobbi Wine situation at all. We didn’t intend to perform, but you now apologized you get carried away apologizing that’s what led to that,” said Diamond.

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Their rebellious performance resulted in another ban on performing in Tanzania and anywhere else, for that matter.

“As good citizens, we apologised. We sent out a letter apologising and stating that we had other shows that had already been paid for and they lifted the ban on travelling and performing. We also offered a public apology. When we go back home, we would have to ensure that we do better by the laws governing the arts,” he added.

Diamond and his Wasafi crew have publicly addressed the press twice in the last two weeks ahead of their Kenyan tour during which they have danced around the question, giving very calculated and “obedient” answers to questions pertaining to the ban. Even when from the outside it looks like a target at the stable and its business.


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