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Tanzania Bans Hits From Its Biggest Artist, Diamond Platnumz

Tanzanian Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has banned several songs by the country’s top musicians including hits songs from Diamond Platnumz.

A statement from the ministry said that the list of banned songs was compiled by the state’s body in charge of arts and culture for depicting videos that promoted suggestive dancing and sexual innuendo, which is contrary to the cultural practice of the country.

Tanzania Bans Hits From Its Biggest Artist, Diamond Platnumz
Diamond Platnumz’s hit song featuring Rick Ross has been banned by the government.

This is a big blow to popular act Diamond Platnumz who had two of his songs banned. He has put out several impressive songs over the past few months and even featured US rapper, Rick Ross, in one of them. The first song one is ‘Hallelujah’, a collaboration with Morgan Heritage as well as ‘Waka Waka’ which features Rick Ross. The two are among 13 Tanzanian songs that the commission proscribed for containing illicit content which is a violation of Tanzania’s code of conduct.

In a statement seen by on Wednesday, 28th February, TCRA urged Tanzanian media houses to give the 13 songs complete blackout.

The mega star is readying to broaden his wings with Wasafi FM and Wasafi TV, named after his hugely successful Wasafi Records.

Diamond was officially handed broadcasting permits for the radio and television stations by the Zanzibar’s Minister of Information, Culture, Tourism and Sports.

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