Tanzania bans singers Diamond, Rayvanny with treason threat

Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny

By Nairobi News

Tanzanian music regulatory board Basata has threatened to sue musician Diamond Platnumz with treason if he performs at his Wasafi Festival set for Nairobi on New Year eve.

The threat comes after Basata had slapped an indefinite ban on Diamond and his Wasafi Records colleague Rayvanny from performing in or outside Tanzania after they disregarded its ban on their ‘dirty’ song ‘Mwanza’.

Tanzania’s music regulatory board Basata said Diamond is not allowed to perform on any show or organise any concert in and outside Tanzania effective Wednesday.

In a statement to newsrooms, Basata issued a ban notice of unspecified period on Diamond and his Wasafi record label singing Rayvanny for challenging its authority over their ‘dirty’ song ‘Mwanza’.

Basata stated it had no choice but to take stern action on the musicians for continuing to disregard and disrespecting the board’s position on the ‘Mwanza’ song.

Basata had last month banned ‘Mwanza’ from air play in Tanzania and also directed the musicians to pull it down from various online platforms.

It also advised the singers not to perform the song at any gathering in Tanzania.

This was on top of a Ksh400, 000 fine just days after the release of the song.

However, Diamond has continued to entertain his fans with the song since the start of his Wasafi Festival Tour in Tanzania which has already taken place in Mtwara, Sumbawanga na recently in Mwanza.

Tanzanian musicians Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny at a scene of the ‘Mwanza’ music video.

The board has also revoked license it had issued certifying the Wasafi Festival.

Kenya gig

Diamond is scheduled to have three shows in Kenya on New Year’s Eve in Embu, Mombasa and Nairobi.

According to one of his manager Babu Tale, despite the ban by Basata, all the Kenyan shows will proceed as planned.

“The concerts will go on as planned. To be Specific all of them,” Babu Tale was quoted.


But in a quick rejoinder, Basata acting chief executive Onesmo Kayanda has stated such a move will amount to treason.

Kayanda also pointed out that Diamond is yet to pay the KSh400,000 (Tsh9 milion) fine imposed on him following the ban of ‘Mwanza’ song which he collaborated with Rayvanny.

He also dared Diamond to make good his threats to relocate from Tanzania if he feels Basata regulations are too much to handle.




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