Tanzania’s music administrative board Baraza la Sanaa la Taifa (BASATA) has restricted Bongo stars Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny from performing on any shows or sorting out any show in and outside Tanzania effective starting Wednesday.
BASATA announced that the musician and his WCB colleague, Rayvanny, performed the outlawed “Mwanza” song during their Wasafi Festival tours held across different regions in Tanzania recently.
“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,” said BASATA in an official statement posted to their Instagram page.
“BASATA is a subset of the Government, and when one defies the State, the Government is left with no choice but to charge him with treason. The Prosecution would, thereafter, take up the case,” Mr Kayanda, the agency’s interim executive secretary told Tanzania’s Bongo 5.
However, Babu Tale, Diamond’s manager said that the shows will go on as planned and that they will try and come to an agreement with BASATA.
“The concerts will go on as planned. To be specific, all of them,” said Babu Tale adding that “We will reach out to them and see how we can meet half-way. Meanwhile, we’ll handle the consequences when we get there.”
Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny’s song “Mwanza” was banned from playing on Tanzanian radio and TV stations in mid-November 2018 due to its ‘s*xually-offensive’ lyrics.