Bongo stars - Harmonize and Diamond Platnumz
The Kenyan government has moved to ban Harmonize and Diamond Platnumz's Kwangwaru song whose lyrics were compromising the desired morals of the society.
Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO, Ezekiel Mutua on Friday communicated that the song should not be played in Kenyan schools.
Kwangwaru was launched in February 2018 and has since been a hot jam in clubs and several online platforms in the last one year, having it banned now and only in schools is what has left some baffled.
The KFCB boss wondered why music banned elsewhere was allowed to perform in Kenya.
The song has a bend over line in the lyrics something that sends mixed signals when the children are performing for their parents.
He warned the head teachers to ensure that such music should not be played to pupils in schools
Mutua was equally disturbed by the fact that foreign artistes come to the country and cause the said damage without paying taxes to the government.
"They collaborate with clubs and pay directly to their countries of origin so they do not pay taxes. They fly here like hero’s and superstars, perform and go, and the monies wired directly to their countries of origin," Mutua added.
According to Mutua, the Kenyan government will explore avenues of ensuring that foreign artistes pay, they will also work closely with those that host these foreign artists to ensure that minors are protected from some of these songs.
In his own country, Tanzania, Diamond Platnumz had two of his songs banned off his 'A Boy From Tandale' Album and that was the very reason he chose to launch the album in Kenya.
Before the year could end, another song, Mwanza, was also banned making it three songs in total banned in one year, but during the Wasafi Festival in Kenya, Diamond Platnumz performed all the banned songs leading to another ban from BASATA that stopped him from performing in and outside Tanzania.
That ban has recently been lifted and to celebrate that milestone, Tetema which he did with Harmonize was released.
Mutua wonders why the songs that have been banned elsewhere are being performed in Kenya.
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