Tanzanian influential artist and songwriter, Diamond Platnumz, has officially been banned from performing in any show or concert in and outside Tanzania. This came after an extensive evaluation by the Baraza La Sanaa La Taifa (BASATA) which came to a unanimous decision on Tuesday to ban the musician for his “immoral” music
In a public statement by the BASATA, Diamond will be in strict violation of the Tanzanian Penal Code, Section 41, Chapter 16, and could face life imprisonment should he choose to violate the ban.
“The board has reached a decision to formally ban Diamond and Rayvanny from holding performances in and outside Tanzania due to their indiscipline and disrespect to BASATA. The Wasafi Festival organizers have shown that they would do everything possible to disregard the board. The musicians are, therefore, indefinitely banned from performing in Tanzania and any other foreign nation,”
Diamond Platnumz in currently on top of his career as his music continues to receive warm receptions from music fans in Kenya and Africa at large. Even then, the BASATA still remains firm that his music does not adhere to the moral standards of the country.
Just a few weeks ago, after releasing his hit song, Mwanza (Nyegezi) featuring Rayvanny, Diamond was slapped with a harsh ban prohibiting the song from being aired or distributed in Tanzania. The song was allegedly too sexual and contained phrases that imply sexual misconduct.
Just hours after releasing their public statement regarding his ban, Diamond’s manager, Babu Tale, announced that the Jibebe hitmaker will still be performing at the ongoing Wasafi Festival in Kenya which is set for Embu, Mombasa, and Nairobi.
“The [Kenyan] concerts will go on as planned. To be specific, all of them…We will handle the consequences when we get there,” he cleared the air in his public statement.
However, the executive secretary of the BASATA, Mr. Onesmo Kayanda, was clear that should he choose to disobey the order and perform at the upcoming Kenyan Wasafi Festival concert, Diamond could face possible jail time for misprision of treason.
Just this year, the Kwangwaru hitmaker recieved a broadcasting license for Wasafi TV and radio. Music fans and promoters in Kenya have since condemned the action in what they are calling a ploy by the Tanzanian Government to destroy some of its popular musicians