Tanzanian music stars Diamond Platnumz, Rayvanny and their record label Wasafi have been fined Tsh9 million (Ksh406, 000) for defying the content production regulations set by Tanzania’s arts board Baraza la Sanaa la Taifa (BASATA).
The fine slapped on the artists and the record label follows a ban on their new song ‘Mwanza’ over claims that the song was promoting homosexuality.
“Wimbo ‘MWANZA’ wa Wasanii @Rayvanny aliomshirikisha @DiamondPlatnumz umefungiwa na Baraza la Sanaa Tanzania (BASATA) kupigwa mahali popote kwa sababu za kuwa unahamasisha masuala yasiyofaa” a statement from the body read.
BASATA had summoned BET Award-winning artist Rayvanny to explain the lyrics. The regulation body declined Diamond’s request for the song to be allowed to air after the watershed period. The singers have been advised to re-edit the song or let it die altogether.
In its reasoning, BATASA argued that both Rayvanny, Diamond and Wasafi Classic produced the song despite knowing it was against Tanzanian laws which protect the morals of the country.
Speaking after a three-hour meeting with Rayvanny, BASATA boss Godfrey Mngereza said; “This song isn’t good at all. We even asked Rayvanny in the meeting if he can sing the lyrics of the song before his parents and his answer was no. This is a clear indication that even in the singer’s eyes, the song goes against the morals.”