“Jibebe” singer Diamond Platinumz unbothered after Tanzanian board BASATA bans him from performing in and out of the country.
Bongo stars from the Wasafi Records crew have been banned from performing in and out of Tanzania but it seems they are not having it. Diamond opted to post a photo of him with the Former President Jakaya Kikwete just after the statement of the ban was released by Tanzania’s music regulatory body, BASATA. Although it is unsure what the two Tanzanian public figures were discussing, their close friendship could favor Diamond’s case against BASATA.
Former President Kikwete who is known to champion the arts might put in a good word for the Platnumz-led Wasafi crew, changing the outcomes for the bongo musicians, who’s recent ban is bad for business. The BASATA board has also recently revoked the license it had issued certifying the upcoming Wasafi Festival. With the ban, the much anticipated Wasafi Festival Kenyan edition featuring Grammy award-winning Reggae group Morgan Heritage on New Year’s Eve is now marred in doubt.
BASATA banned musician Diamond Platnumz from performing on any show or organizing any concert in and outside Tanzania effective Wednesday 18th of December 2018.
In a statement to newsrooms, BASATA issued a ban notice of unspecified period on Diamond and his fellow Wasafi record label artist Rayvanny for challenging its authority over their inappropriate song “Mwanza“.
BASATA stated it had no choice but to take stern action on the musicians for continuing to disregard and disrespecting the board’s position on the “Mwanza” song. BASATA had last month banned “Mwanza” from airplay in Tanzania and also directed the musicians to pull it down from various online platforms. It also advised the singers not to perform the song at any gathering in Tanzania. This was on top of a Ksh400, 000 fine just days after the release of the song.
However Diamond has continued to entertain his fans with the song since the start of his Wasafi Festival Tour in Tanzania which has already taken place in Mtwara, Sumbawanga and recently in Mwanza.