By Annette Amondi
Bongo sensation Diamond Platnumz has responded a day after his song featuring Rayvanny was banned.
Tanzania music regulatory authority (BASATA) C.EO Godfrey Muigeraza banned the song from being played on any TV or radio station arguing that it promotes immorality.
Diamond who is currently in Canada wrote an open letter to BASATA saying that the song is not meant for children and therefore should only be played during watershed hours and not being banned.
“Ila Kwenye UFUNGIWAJI huu nami nilikuwa nina OMBI ama PENDEKEZO kwa balaza letu pendwa la sanaa Tanzania (BASATA).
Licha ya kuwa ni kweli #NYEGEZI ni eneo na Kituo cha Mabasi kilichopo MWANZA, lakini pia ni vyema kama balaza letu pendwa la sanaa kutambua pia kuwa sio kila nyimbo ni kwa ajili ya watoto wadogo. Hivyo kusema isipigwe kwenye TV na Radio tumekubali, lakini iwe kwenye Ule muda ambao serikali uliuweka wa kuwa watoto wako macho, ila pale wanapolala, basi uruhusiwe ili walengwa wautazame.
PILI:- Kusema tuifute Mitandaoni pia, naomba pia Baraza letu pendwa litutazame pia na hapo. Kwa sababu mtoto mdogo tunaemlenga kumlinda asiharibikiwe kimaadili hapa, sizani kama mzazi wake anaweza kumruhusu akaperuziperuzi bila mipaka mitandaoni maana kama kweli ana uwezo wa kufanya hivyo basi anauwezo wa kwenda kuangalia hata Video za utupu, na vitu vingine ambayo wote tunafahamu ndio hatari na Madhara zaidi kwa watoto, kuliko hichi kinyimbo chetu cha MWANZA NYEGEZI.” He wrote in part
Diamond also argued that he earns $70,000 (ksh.7 million) per show hence contributes upto ksh.2.2 million to Tanzania in taxes and therefore banning his song is interfering with his source of income.
Responding to BASATA’s ban on performing the song, Diamond said his shows are in the middle of the night therefore there’s no way he is performing for kids.
Fellow artiste Rayvanny also sent out an open letter to BASATA saying that the song sends out a message against imorality and does not intend to insult anyone as cited by BASATA C.E.O.