Film board bans popular Kenyan song in wake of increased killings of women


The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has banned musician Alvindo’s song titled Takataka, saying it is promoting gender-related violence.

In a letter signed by the board’s CEO, Dr Ezekiel Mutua, the agency further states that Alvindo did not follow due procedure in getting approval for the song to be played within the Kenyan space.

“The Kenya Film Classification Board has taken a decision to ban the song Takataka by Alvin aka Alvindo. The song is restricted due to its obscene and degrading lyrics that advocate for violence against women by equating them to trash,” says KFCB in their statement released Tuesday.

“The Board notes with great concern that the song was not submitted for examination and classification. Moving forward, the song should not be performed live or broadcast anywhere within the Republic of Kenya. No DJ should play the song either on broadcast station or in entertainment joints.

“The song Takataka is characterised by crude language that objectifies women and glorifies hurting them as a normal reaction to rejection… The aggressive and sadistic attitude exhibited by the singer seeks to not only incite men who face rejection by suitors, but also justifies hatred and hard feelings that come with possible rejection,” says KFCB.

The film body states it has arrived at that decision following the recent spate of attacks against women in the country.

“In order to reverse the current wave of moral decay, we must all play our part to promote good morals,” says KFCB.

The lyrics of the song Takataka was centered around a man – in this case Alvindo –, who was rejected by a woman he had interest in. Alvindo ended referring to the woman as takataka (rubbish).

The song, which had hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, was released late 2018.

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