Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny have been at logger heads with the music regulatory body of Tanzania known as Basata. First they were jointly fined Tsh 9 million (Ksh403,000) after they released their latest club banger ‘Mwanza’. The song was banned from being played on radio, TV, nightclubs, concerts or any other form of media in Tanzania.
Diamond and Rayvanny on the other hand were having none of the Basata ban, so they went ahead to perform the song ‘Mwanza’ during their Wasafi festival at the lakeside city of Mwanza last Saturday.
Basata decided to hit back and show them who is in charge. They went ahead and banned the two from performing on any show or concert inside and outside Tanzania as from Wednesday December 19th.
“Baraza La Sanaa la Taifa (Basata) limewafungia wasanii wa muziki wa kizazi kipya Nasib Abduol (Diamond Platnumz) na Raymond Shaban Mwakyusa (Rayvan) kutofanya onyesho lolote ndani na nje ya nchi kwa muda usiojulikana kuanzia leo tarehe 18/12/2018.
“Itakumbukwa kuwa mnamo tarehe 12/11/2018 Basata ilitoa taarifa kwa umma kuhusu kufungia wimbo unaojulikana kwa jina la ‘Mwanza’.
“Baraza limefikia maamuzi ya kuwafungia rasmi kutokana na wasanii hawa kuendelea kuonyesha dharau na utovu wa nidhamu kwa Mamlaka zinazosimamia Masuala ya Sanaa nchini,” Basata’s statement read in part.
The Wasafi Festival is set to go down in Mombasa and Nairobi on December 26th and 31st respectively. Diamond Platnumz had intially stated that even if they ban him in Tanzania, he will still perform in Kenya and other countries.