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Tanzania: Artist banned from performing due to "immoral" video

19 May 2016

snura mushi chura dance
Snura Mushi’s latest popular hit ‘Chura’ has not only led Tanzanian authorities to ban the video and its distribution on 4 May 2016, just days after the video hit the internet, but they have also banned the artist from performing until the video is edited, Tanzanian newspaper Daily News reported on 5 May 2016.

The information, culture, arts and sports ministry’s head of information and communication Zawadi Msalla said “the government was shocked at the video”, and that the ban was enacted due to the “immoral acts” featured in the video.

Msalla said that Mushi has been “instructed not to distribute or release her controversial and immoral video in other social media, such as Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook and several others”, adding that people who distribute the video will be charged according to the 2014 Cyber Crime Act.

Further, the artist has also been banned from performing publicly until, Msalla notes, the video is changed and then registered at the National Arts Council.

Mushi’s ‘Chura’ video consists solely of scenes of several women in dresses “twerking” on a beach and has over 550,000 views on YouTube since its release on 25 April 2016.

Mushi is known as a Bongoflava artist, the Tanzanian hip hop genre that began in the 1990s and is the most popular style of music among the country’s youth, and is not the first such artist to be banned by authorities. In 2015 fellow female Bongoflava artist Shilole was banned by the National Arts Council after videos and photos of her performance in Antwerp, Belgium were deemed “immoral” due to her revealing attire.


Photo is a screen shot from the official video on YouTube


Sources

» This is Africa – 6 May 2016:
Tanzania bans Snura Mushi’s “shocking” twerking video “Chura” for breaching the moral fabric of society

» Daily News – 6 May 2016:
Morals should precede such shows as ‘Snura-Chura’

» Daily News – 5 May 2016:
Snura’s vulgar ‘Chura’ video banned


Related information

» Artsfreedom.org – 28 May 2014:
Tanzania: Censorship of music and films underway

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