Celebrated bongo musician Ali Kiba has shared his experience with media blackout for his songs.
Speaking during a recent interview, Ali Kiba stated that a local Tanzanian radio station had blacklisted his music for years. The ‘Aje’ hitmaker, however, did not reveal the radio station or the reason why his music was banned.
According to the singer, he ignored the move and focused on releasing new music. Kiba added that the radio station later decided to lift the ban without any intervention.
“Ishawai nitokea lakini siwezi kwambia ni wapi…wameamua tu kutocheza ngioma yangu, zitachewa vituo vingine kwa hizo isha happen kwangu….walisema hawapigi ngoma yangu…nikaketi kimya until walivopiga,” said Ali Kiba.
He added that in the event he is blacklisted again, he will not contest it but politely seek an explanation.
He also went on to reveal that fans should expect a new album set to drop soon, even despite finally being released from his contract with Sony Music.
He recently dropped a new release dubbed ‘Infedele’ in the run-up to the upcoming album set for February. In the track he sings in French, and serenades his love interest in the classic Kiba way. Though the track features a heavy auto-tune on his vocals, King Kiba does not disappoint as the lyrics tug at the heartstrings.
Several bongo musicians like Diamond have in the past run into trouble with radio stations that refuse to play their music. Last year, celebrated singer Lady Jay Dee finally ended her feud with Clouds FM. For several years, the station had placed a ban on all Jay Dee’s music for unspecified reasons.
This article was first published on Mdundo.