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Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz banned from performing

Top African pop star Diamond Platnumz has been barred from performing in Tanzania after he played a song which the authorities had banned for being sexually suggestive

This comes after the country’s music governing body, BASATA, on December 11, 2018 banned the duo’s latest song titled ‘Mwanza’ from being played on radio, T.V or during concerts.

In a statement posted on their social media platforms, BASATA has now barred the two stars from holding any more concerts citing indiscipline and failure to show respect to the body’s rules and regulations.

The ban comes barely a day after the two artists performed in Mwanza for the inaugural Wasafi Festival tour where a section of the media has reported that they performed the outlawed song

Diamond Platnumz was also set for a Christmas Eve performance at the Moi Stadium in Embu on Monday.

He was then expected to join the rest of his Wasafi Records artists for the Kenyan edition of the Wasafi Festival on December 26 at Mombasa Sports Club, Mombasa, and Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi on December 31.

It remains to be seen whether the ban will be enforced

The popular Tanzanian singer has been dogged by controversy in recent years.

In April he was questioned by police after posting on Instagram a video clip of himself playfully kissing a woman.

In a recent video shared online, Diamond Platnumz raised the possibility of settling abroad if Tanzanian officials continued banning his music.

“If they don’t want me to perform my songs I can live in another country and play there. If Tanzanian law says I can’t perform here, I can go to Kenya where I am not banned,” he said.

The musician, whose real name is Nasib Abdul, is billed to headline an end of the year concert in neighbouring Kenya



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