Tanzania’s top music star Diamond Platnumz has been arrested for posting videos on social media that authorities say breach cultural norms.
Communications Minister Harrison Mwakwembe said in parliament that the images project acts that go against a law that bans such acts. Police are also looking for Bongo artist Nandi over similar claims.
An Instagram video of Diamond playfully kissing an unidentified woman has been shared by several news site. It is unclear if these are the pictures that have got the artist in trouble.
Some people on social media are speculating that the musician was getting back at his former partner who left him. Last month Tanzania’s authorities banned 13 songs by local artists including Diamond.
It came after President John Magufuli complained about obscenity in music videos.
Diamond ‘could face criminal charges’
Tanzania’s Information Minister Harrison Mwakyembe says that authorities plan to file charges against top musician Diamond Platinumz for posting “obscene” and “indecent” material on social media, news agency AFP reports.
Diamond, according to the report, was arrested yesterday and reportedly still being questioned by the police. As we reported earlier a video of the musician kissing an identified woman was widely shared on social media which the star has since deleted.
Another local musician Faustina Charles, popularly known as Nandy, has been arrested over similar accusations after a video deemed “indecent” by authorities was shared on WhatsApp.
If found guilty the two musicians could each face a fine of at least five million Tanzanian shillings ($2,200; £1,500) or a prison sentence of a minimum of 12 months, or both.
Author: Staff Writer