Diamond Platnumz’s manager, Babu Tale, says the musician’s Kenyan concerts slated for Embu, Mombasa and Nairobi will go on as planned, even after the country’s arts board, BASATA, banned the musician from performing in and outside the country following his “unruly” behaviour.
Baraza la Sanaa la Taifa (BASATA) announced on Tuesday that the musician and his WCB colleague, Rayvanny, performed the outlawed “Mwanza” song during their Wasafi Festival tours held across different regions in Tanzania recently.
“The board has reached a decision to formally ban Diamond and Rayvanny from holding performances in and outside Tanzania due to their indiscipline and disrespect to BASATA. The Wasafi Festival organisers have shown that they would do everything possible to disrepute the board,” said BASATA in an official statement posted to their Instagram page on Tuesday, December 18.
“The musicians are, therefore, indefinitely banned from performing in Tanzania and any other foreign nation,” said BASATA.
Diamond Platnumz has a string of shows to headline in Kenya, including a December 24 concert in Embu, Mombasa (December 26) and Nairobi (December 31).
When reached for comment on the fate of the Kenyan shows, defiant Diamond’s manager, Babu Tale, told EDAILY: “The concerts will go on as planned. To be specific, all of them.”
When asked how his team will deal with the BASATA edict, Babu Tale said: “That is our task. We will reach out to them and see how we can meet half-way. Meanwhile, we’ll handle the consequences when we get there.”
Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny’s song “Mwanza” was banned from playing on Tanzanian radio and TV stations in mid-November 2018 due to its “sexually-offensive” lyrics.
The ban was extended to recent Wasafi shows held by the crooners across Tanzania.