Tanzanian government responds after Mutua restricted Tetema to clubs and bars only

BASATA sets the record straight

Tanzanian government responds after Mutua restricted Tetema to clubs and bars only

The Tanzanian Government through its National Music Council popularly BASATA has mentioned that Tetema is a certified song that went through the relevant procedure before it was released.

This was in response after KFCB boss Ezekiel Mutua restricted Tetema by Rayvvany ft Diamond from being played outside Clubs and Bars.

According to the Secretary General at BASATA Godfrey Mngereza, before any artiste releases a song in Tanzania, the body (BASATA) always gives it a listening year to ascertain if it holds the threshold for public consumption.  

Tetema was certified before being released

“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 Godfrey Mngereza.

On Tuesday, Ezekiel Mutua stated that Wamlambez (Silaors Gang) and Tetema hit songs should only be played in clubs and bars, on grounds that they contain dirty lyrics not suitable for public consumption.

“Tetema and Wamlambez songs are strictly forbidden outside of clubs and bars. It's embarrassing to see even national leaders singing and dancing to the obscenity in public. The lyrics are dirty and not suitable for public consumption, especially mixed company or where children are likely to be watching or listening. Both songs are pure pornography. While we may not ban them because they are coded, it's important for the public to know that they are dirty and unsuitable for mixed company. Let them be restricted to clubs, strictly for adults!” said Mutua.

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