by Martin Oduor
Diamond is among nine other Bongo musicians whose songs have been blacklisted for airplay in Tanzania. The singer’s management has expressed shock with the ban.
Diamond’s international collaborations with Rick Ross and Morgan Heritage have been blacklisted. Tanzania Communication Authority says the two songs doesn’t adhere to accepted moral standards in the country.
Diamond’s managers Babu Tale and Mendez have reacted to the ban by Tanzania Communication Authority. The two says that Regional Commissioner for Dar es Salaam – Paul Makonda approves all Wasafi videos before they are released.
Babu Tale and Mendez says Paul Makonda is their godfather and that he approved ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Waka’ which have been banned by Tanzania Communication Authority.
“Habari za muda huu waungwana. Tumepigiwa simu na vyombo vya habari kila sehemu kuulizwa juu ya nyimbo mbili za Diamond kufungiwa, nimeona tukiwa kama taasisi huwaga tunafanya vitu kwa kutokukurupuka sie kama @wcb_wasafi tulipoona taasisi yetu inakuwa kubwa tukaomba ulezi kwa @paulmakonda ambae ni kiongozi wa serikali mwenye kupenda maendeleo ya vijana, kwahiyo nyimbo zote za WCB kabla ya kutoka lazima mlezi wetu azipitie, kuna nyimbo nyingi ameshazizuia na zinazotoka basi ameridhia yeye binafsi zitoke, kwahiyo sioni sababu ya nyimbo ya Hallelujah na Waka kufungiwa kama inavyosemekana maana sisi hatujapata barua ya kuwa nyimbo hizo zimefungiwa na kwa sababu ipi. Kama kweli zimefungiwa basi mlezi wetu ataweza kuongea mengi zaidi yangu mimi. Nawatakia Weekend njema,” Babu Tale and Mendez said in a statement.
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