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Tanzania Punishes Its Female Rapper Rosa Ree Over Sexy Music Video

Updated: Nov 16, 2019

Tanzania has handed a six month suspension to one of its few female rappers Rose Ree, for releasing a music video deemed too sexy by the country's arts industry regulatory body called Basata. That was reported by some East African media on November 15, 2019. The rapper will also have to pay a fine of $870, say the reports.

More specifically, Basata in suspending Rosa Ree from performing for six months, reportedly said the rapper's music video for a song Vitamin U, a collaboration with Kenyan rapper Timmy Tdat, also her boyfriend, contained obscene contents that contravene what it called "the country's morals".

This is not the first time Tanzania has punished its potential global music superstars with suspension and fine, over rather trivial arguments based on morality. In 2018 the same Basata punished the country's and probably Africa's top artist Diamond Platnumz over a music video for his wonderful song Mwanza, that the government body argued its lyrics that included the word "horny" as well as its dancers were sexually seductive. The video was then banned in Tanzania.

Banned music videos of Tanzanian artists punished over "morality", are often similar to music videos permitted and released without any hassle, whatsoever, in most other African countries and elsewhere in the world. As such, the perpetual punishment by the state of artists in Tanzania over music videos with alleged indecent contents, may be putting the country's artists in a miserable position in competing with other artists in Africa and the world at large. In other words, the situation may make talented Tanzanian artists to operate in fear of being suspended and fined by their own country, for what may be their world class artistic innovations and excellence!


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