Magufuli's government warns Diamond about scheduled performance in Kenya

This comes hours after he was banned from doing shows

Singer Diamond Platnumz (Instagram)

The Tanzania government through it's Music Regulatory Board popular known as BASATA has threatened to sue Diamond if he performs in Kenya.

In an interview with Bongo 5, Basata acting chief executive officer Onesmo Kayanda explained that they were a government watchdog in charge of all artistes and if Diamond went against the ban, the latter would be sued.

“Sisi Basata we are the substitute of the government. Kama akiamua hivyo (perform in Kenya), hii kanuni ya Basata huwa inakuwa ni substitute ya sheria za nchi na akiikaidi lile suala linakuwa la kijinai. Likishakuwa la kijinai linakwendwa kwa Mwanasheria Mkuu wa serikali sisi tunawakabidhi mahakamani. Kwa hiyo mtu akikuika kanuni zetu za Basata, amevuka na kwenda kwenye ishu ya kijinai,” said Onesmo Kayanda.

He added that Diamond is yet to pay the Sh400,00 that he was fined alongside his signee Rayvanny following a ban of their song Mwanza.

Mwanza was banned from being played or performed on Tanzanian soil on grounds that it didn't fit the threshold for public consumption.

The BASATA warning comes hours after the board slapped Diamond and Rayvanny with an indefinite ban of not doing shows in and outside Tanzania, for performing their song Mwanza in the ongoing Wasafi Festival.

Wasafi Festival

The board also revoked the license that had been issued for Wasafi Festival hence bringing the concert to an end.

Diamond is scheduled to have three shows in Kenya; that’s in Embu on December 24, Wasafi Festival in Mombasa 26th and on New Year’s Eve in Nairobi.

According to his manager Babu Tale, the ban will not affect their Kenyan shows, as they will proceed as planned.


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