Tanzanian authorities respond to Ezekiel Mutua's Tetema ban
On August 27, the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) chairman Dr Ezekiel Mutua banned Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz’s Tetema song and Sailors’ Wamlambez from playing anywhere else apart from clubs and bars.
Responding to the KFCB boss ban through Baraza La Sanaa La Taifa (BASATA), the Tanzanian government has made it clear that Tetema is a good song that went through the necessary certification procedures before being released.
Speaking during a press conference in Tanzania, BASATA Secretary-General, Godfrey Mngereza explained that before any song is released, as a body, they thoroughly vet it to ensure it aligns with the country’s requirements.
“Wimbo huo ni mzuri kwani hauna tatizo lolote na kawaida yetu huwa tunakagua nyimbo zote na kama wimbo ukionekana una matatizo huwa wanachukua hatua ikiwemo kuufungia. Tumekuwa tukifuatilia nyimbo za wasanii wa hapa nchini na kuwaita wanapokosea. Tunatoa onyo na hata kufungia nyimbo zao, lakini huu (TETEMA) hauna shida ndio maana nasema sijui wametumia vigezo gani kuuzuia usichezwe mchana,” said Mngereza.
In a post shared on his twitter page, Mutua explained that his action was justified by the fact that both songs were utterly pornographic despite their coded lyrics.
“The lyrics are dirty and not suitable for public consumption, especially children. It’s important for the public to know that they are dirty and unsuitable for mixed company. Let them be restricted to clubs, for adults only!” the KFCB boss said.
This is however not the first time the KFCB boss has publicly criticized and banned artists songs, especially from Kenya and Tanzanian.
A few months ago, popular Takataka hitmaker Alvindo found himself on the wrong side of the law after his song was termed by the KFCB as degrading and advocating for violence against women
Consequently, Alvindo’s song was banned by the KFCB and the artist forced to apologize to the public.
“The song is a primitive piece of art that should not be celebrated in any way by society. This song and such other obscene content should be rejected by members of a self-respecting society.
"The country has witnessed heart-breaking reports of senseless killings of young women by their lovers. It is regrettable that such incidences are fanned to flame by media content such as the song Takataka…
“Lyrics such as: Nakuroga unakufa....Roho chafu kama ya shetani...Nakuja kwa mazishi yako kukula na kukunywa nikucheke ukizikwa...are primitive and abuse our sensibilities as a people and cannot be condoned.”
Tanzanian singers Diamond and Harmonizes song Kwangwaru was also banned on the basis that the content of the song was vulgar.
“There will be no singing or performing of coded music by young children that they cannot understand. This is the start of the national campaign to restore our moral values, ensure regulation and compliance with the film and stage plays act,” said Mutua.