Like a lioness protecting its cubs, Diamond Platnumz a.k.a Simba has risen to defend his music after the Tanzanian government banned his new video Mwanza over explicit lyrics.

Mwanza, on which Diamond features fellow Wasafi singer Rayvanny, was released three days ago and despite it accumulating over 1.5 million views on YouTube, it was banned by BASATA.

BASATA (Baraza la Sanaa la Taifa) is the National Arts Council founded in 1984 by government legislation to serve as a regulator, facilitator, and promoter of Tanzanian arts, music and theatre arts.

Diamond’s new song was banned from playing on all radio and television stations citing that it evokes ‘sexual thrills’ embedded in its lyrics and visual content.

Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny in the ‘Mwanza’ video

The singer disagrees with the body’s decision to ban his song becuase he believes the lyrics used are in promotion of Mwanza, a port in Tanzania.

He believes that it should be the country’s objective to support him as an artist who has generated the country so much income with his art that has exposed Tanzania to the rest of the world.

He also argues that he is one of the biggest exports through which Tanzania generates so much income because he pays taxes.

Furthermore, he points out that not every project he releases is suitable for Tanzania’s consumption because his music has managed to cross international borders.

It is for the same reason he feels the need to make sure his fans from allover the world get what they desire from him.

What do you think of Diamond’s explanations?

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Josh Ruby is an Editor with high interest and knowledge in the Ugandan entertainment space, an industry he has been actively part of since 2010. Leads to breaking stories are welcome!

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