Bongo hitmakers Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny ate the humble pie yesterday after holding a press conference pleading with BASATA to lift the ban imposed on them. The Magufuli government and music board, BASATA banned the duo against performing anywhere within or outside their country. The major cause of Diamond’s ban was due to vulgarity and indecent content in their songs’ lyrics.
The two artists took to their social media accounts early Friday morning begging the govt to forgive them. As if this was not enough, upon landing in Nairobi the duo held a press conference with Entertainment journalists narrating how they did not intend to perform Mwanza in a recent Kenyan show. They admitted their mistake and expressed much regret for having defied the initial orders.
The second ban came after they disregarded the order to pull down the banned Nyegezi song from all media platforms. Singer Diamond went ahead and performed the banned song in a Thika show held a few weeks ago. The Wasafi boss in an earlier interview hinted on plans to relocate to Kenya where he explained that Kenya is a free country and he has more freedom here to perform his songs. Kenyan Culture does not limit creative content except in extreme cases of indecency, like in the gay movie Rafiki.
This plea for forgiveness came just two days before the much awaited Diamond’s show in Embu on the 24th this month. Moreover, the board has also revoked a license allowing the Wasafi crew to hold shows anywhere. They are also scheduled to hold the Wasafi Festival Kenyan Edition on new year’s eve in Nairobi.
Although the music board is yet to respond, looks like it might be too late for the pardon pleas. Diamond is currently dating Kenyan Radio presenter Tanasha Donna. In line with the Kenyan constitution, if Diamond marries the NRG Radio presenter, he shall get outright Kenyan citizenship through marriage, with no complications whatsoever.
Tanasha actually called Mr. Naseeb in yesterday’s interview with the press and the lovebirds couldn’t help but flaunt their love life in front of the cameras. The Kwangwaru artist even put Donna on loudspeaker on the microphone for everybody to hear that it was her. All the best WCB.