Tanzania has banned a controversial twerking music video, Chura (frog dance) by Snura Mushi for breaching the moral fabric of society, and violating the country’s traditions. The ban raises questions on whether there should be space and right to erotic entertainment which stays within the bounds of the law. Do you think the video is obscene and violates moral values and should banned?
Tanzania has reportedly banned a controversial music video, Chura (frog dance) by Snura Mushi for breaching the moral fabric of society, and violating the country’s traditions.
The Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports recently issued a ban on the sexually explicit video, and warned social media users in the country against sharing the video. The artist’s public shows have also been banned until Mushi amends the controversial Chura video.
The ministry’s Head of Information and Communication, Zawadi Msalla, said the ban was imposed because of the immoral acts depicted in the video, and the “government was shocked at the video”.
The ban is not the first time that artists in the country and indeed across the continent have been censored for pushing the boundaries of what is morally and legally accepted.
The censorship and arrest of artists raises questions over freedom of expression and artistic creativity in today’s climate of cultural and religious conservatism.
In various parts of Africa, authorities have continued to clampdown on artists, and productions, which are regarded as an infringement on traditional and laws governing morality. Kenya’s Film Classification Board (KFCB) recently appealed to Google to pull down a local song that is promoting gay relationships, terming it as ‘inappropriate’.
Early last year, an Egyptian court charged and sentenced Reda el-Fouly and her partner for “disrupting morality” and “inciting debauchery” over a risqué music video, “Hands Off,” filmed and posted online.
Jemimah Kansiime, a Ugandan female music artist, was charged under the country’s strict anti-pornography laws after appearing scantily-clad in her video for the song, ‘Ensolo Yange.’ Uganda’s ethics minister, Simon Lokodo, described the video as “very obscene and vulgar”.
The censorship and contestation raises questions on whether there should be space and right to erotic entertainment which stays within the bounds of the law and where these limits should be drawn.
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Source: Daily News