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Diamond Platnumz Was Arrested In Tanzania For Posting A Video Of Himself Kissing A Girl

The East African star is the latest to get detained in Tanzania's crack down on social media use.

Update 4/19/2018: Diamond Platnumz has now officially apologized for the Instagram post of himself kissing a girl, which the Tanzanian government claims was in violation of new laws regulating online content.

"I've had a long conversation with the authorities and I have learnt that what I did was not right. As a role model to many young people, not just in Tanzania but across the continent, posting a private moment was irresponsible of me," the star artist mentioned according to BBC.

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Diamond Platnumz, arguably East Africa's biggest music star, is the latest musician to fall under Tanzanian President John Magufuli's strict regulations on online content and social media, where bloggers now have to pay the government over $900 to operate.

The popular singer was detained on Monday after posting a picture to his 4.5 million followers on Instagram of himself kissing a girl, according to Times Live.


Another Tanzanian musician, Nandy, was also reportedly arrested for "posting a video clip of herself and another musician via WhatsApp that the authorities considered 'indecent,'" the Times Live writes.

Both artists are out on bail but will be charged with criminal charges, as Tanzania's Minister for Information, Sports and Culture Harrison Mwakyembe informed.

If they're found guilty, the musicians could face fines of up to "5 million shillings ($2,200) or a prison sentence of a minimum of 12 months or both," Times Live reports. "Diamond deleted his video clip after posting it but it has continued to circulate on social media. The video clip with Nandy also went viral on WhatsApp but it was unclear who had originally posted it."

When news of blog license fees, Quartz Africa reported that a blog can be removed if it "causes annoyance, threatens harm or evil, encourages or incites crimes or jeopardizes national security or public health and safety."

The new law is being considered another worrisome attempt by President John Magufuli to suppress free speech in the country.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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