Tanzanian Bongo Flava star Diamond Platinumz is allowed to perform in Kenya, this is as per Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua.
Mutua said Kenya isn’t bound by the choice of Tanzania’s administrative body Baraza la Sanaa la Taifa (BASATA) to boycott the artist over his disputable melody Mwanza.
”We are Kenyans, we are not Tanzanians but they have been banned to perform outside Tanzania so it is purely their decision. Have seen the board has written their statement, they have banned them from performing even outside Tanzania.
“Their statement says they will jail them for life if they fail to follow the order. I don’t think I have anything to say, we are not Tanzanians and they’ve been banned by the Tanzanian government, if they perform it’s their own business, I cannot arrest them because they have been banned in Tanzania, I can only arrest them with the laws of Kenya.
“There is no issue, it is not me it is them but if they come here and commit a crime in the event, we will deal with them with Kenyan law. It is not really our decision, we have nothing to do with it, whether they come or not, we are not involved in any way and cannot stop them from coming because of Tanzania. We can only ban them because of our laws here,” said Mutua.
Diamond Platnumz and his Wasafi label mate Rayvanny were banned from performing in and out of Tanzania by BASATA after they performed the outlawed “Mwanza” song during their Wasafi Festival tours. The body claimed that the song was lewd.
“The board has reached a decision to formally ban Diamond and Rayvanny from holding performances in and outside Tanzania due to their indiscipline and disrespect to BASATA. The Wasafi Festival organizers have shown that they would do everything possible to disrepute the board,” read part of the letter.