Top African pop star Nasib Abdul better known as Diamond Platnumz, who popularised “bongo flava”, has been barred from performing in Tanzania after he performed ‘Mwanza’ a song which the authorities had banned for being sexually suggestive.
The song, which contains the Swahili word for “horny” has been popular on YouTube where it has had more than five million views.
Diamond Platnumz had treated the ban with “disdain” by singing the lyrics at a concert, the arts regulator said.
Tanzania’s arts regulator, Basata, said Diamond Platnumz and Raymond Shaban Mwakyusa (Rayvan) who features in Mwanza would also be banned from performing abroad, but it is unclear how it would enforce this.
“We have reached the decision because the two musicians have treated our directive with disdain,” Basata said in a statement.
In a recent video shared online, Diamond Platnumz raised the possibility of settling abroad if Tanzanian officials continued banning his music.
“If they don’t want me to perform my songs I can live in another country and play there. If Tanzanian law says I can’t perform here, I can go to Kenya where I am not banned,” he said.
The musician, is set to headline an end of the year concert in neighbouring Kenya.