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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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Watch Stormzy's Powerful BRIT Awards Performance Featuring Burna Boy

The night saw the British-Ghanaian star run through a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head.

The BRIT Awards 2020, which went down earlier this week, saw the likes of Stormzy take home the Best Male trophy home and Dave win Best Album.

The night also saw Stormzy deliver a stunning performance that featured a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head. The British-Ghanaian star started things out slow with "Don't Forget to Breathe," before popping things off with "Do Better" then turning up the heat with "Wiley Flow."

Stormzy nodded to J Hus, playing a short bit of "Fortune Teller," before being joined onstage by Nigeria's Burna Boy to perform their hit "Own It." Burna Boy got his own moment and performed an energetic rendition of his African Giant favorite "Anybody."

The night was closed off with a powerful message that read: "A lot of time they tell us 'Black people, we too loud.' Know what I'm sayin'? We need to turn it down a little bit. We seem too arrogant. We a little too much for them to handle. Black is beautiful man." The message flashed on a black screen before a moving performance of "Rainfall" backed by his posse.

Watch the full performance below.

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A Stolen 18th Century Ethiopian Crown Has Been Returned from The Netherlands

The crown had been hidden in a Dutch apartment for 20 years.

In one of the latest developments around art repatriation, a stolen 18th century Ethiopian crown that was discovered decades ago in the Netherlands, has been sent back home.

Sirak Asfaw, an Ethiopian who fled to The Netherlands in the '70s, first found the relic in the suitcase of a visitor in 1998, reports BBC Africa. He reportedly protected the item for two decades, before informing Dutch "art crime investigator" Arthur Brand and authorities about his discovery last year.

The crown is one of only 20 in existence and features intricate Biblical depictions of Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. Historians believe it was given to the church by the warlord Welde Sellase several centuries ago.

Read: Bringing African Artifacts Home

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Watch Samba Yonga's Kick-Ass TED Talk on an 'African Superhero Curriculum'

The co-founder of the Zambian Women's History Museum speaks about the importance of indigenous knowledge in creating Africa's own superheroes.

Co-founder of the Zambian Women's History Museum, Samba Yonga, is on a mission to reclaim Africa's history and indigenous knowledge in a way that allows Africans to centre themselves in their own narratives and become their own superheroes.

She recently spoke at TEDxLusaka about developing a "blueprint for the African superhero curriculum". It's the TED talk that you definitely need to watch this year.

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