Babu Tale Criticizes BASATA, Revisits Ban on Diamond’s Jeje and Hallelujah’ Hits
9 May 2021
[Photo: Jalango TV]
By Paul A.
Top WCB Manager Babu Tale has faulted Tanzania’s content regulatory body BASATA over its new proposal seeking to have artists submit all their work for approval before publishing.
Speaking during a recent interview, Tale accused BASATA of punishing musicians instead of supporting their craft. He noted that if the proposal is adopted, BASATA will act like a court where artists go and justify their work before releasing them.
According to tale, BASATA has not been entirely accurate when delivering its mandate. He cited an incident where the agency initially banned Diamond Platnumz’s two songs only for them to blow up later.
He divulged that the agency had initially rejected ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Jeje’ songs stating they lacked moral lessons to the society.
The ‘Hallelujah’ single was later approved and considered for a Grammy Award nomination last year. The song also featured in the ‘Coming to America 2’ movie.
“Lakini sisi tumeshawahi kufungiwa nyimbo ambazo kwa mujibu wa BASATA walidai hazina maudhui yanayobeba maadili yanayohitajika, kwa mfano Halelujah na Jeje ambazo zilifungiwa kwa madai ambayo hayakujali mahitaji ya sasa. Nyimbo kama Halelujah juu ya kukataliwa lakini imetuingiza kwenye GRAMMY na pia imetumika kwenye sinema kubwa ya Coming To America Part Two,” said Tale.
"Sasa unaweza kushangaa kama muziki unoweza kupasua anga za Kimataifa na kupata heshima, kwanini nyumbani ukataliwe? Hapo utagundua kuwa yako mapungufu makubwa ndani ya chombo kinachosimamia huu muziki wetu," he added.