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Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny Have Been Banned from Performing in Tanzania and Abroad

"We have reached the decision because the two musicians have treated our directive with disdain," Tanzania's arts council says.

Tanzanian musicians Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny have been hit with another blow by BASATA, Tanzania's national arts council, since the release of their collab single, "Mwanza" was banned in November for being "sexually suggestive."

BASATA has barred both stars from performing in Tanzania and abroad, BBC Africa reports. This is in lieu of Diamond Platnumz, whose real name is Nasib Abdul, recently performing "Mwanza" to a large audience during a festival in the port city, also called Mwanza.


The official music video currently has over 5 million views.

"We have reached the decision because the two musicians have treated our directive with disdain," the arts council says in a statement.

How this ruling will be implemented has yet to be determined.

BBC notes that Diamond Platnumz says in a video circulating online that he is willing to leave his home country if his music continued to be banned.

"If they don't want me to perform my songs I can live in another country and play there," he says. "If Tanzanian law says I can't perform here, I can go to Kenya where I am not banned."

Revisit "Mwanza" below.

Rayvanny Ft Diamond Platnumz - Mwanza (Official Music Video) youtu.be

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