Basata bans Ney wa Mitego song, initiates legal steps

17Jul 2016
The Guardian Reporter
Guardian On Sunday
Basata bans Ney wa Mitego song, initiates legal steps

The National Arts Council (Basata) has banned a song of bongoflavour artiste Emmanuel Elibariki famous as Ney wa Mitengo for going against ethics, and was preparing to take further legal measures against the notorious artiste.

A statement released by Basata executive secretary Godfrey Mngereza said yesterday that a single entitled “Pale Kati Patamu” was going against Tanzanian ethics.

He said the singer had a tendency of releasing controversial songs which were going against Basata rules and giving a bad image to the council.

He said his releases have been bullying and humiliating women.“It must be noted that the Basata Act, number 23 of 1984, gives the council the responsibility to protect ethics,” he said.

Mngereza said that Basata had severally warned the singer on his bad releases but he has never took account of the warning.

“We have warned him severally but it seems he has been doing these things intentionally,” he said, adding that the song “Pale Kati Patamu” has been seen in the social media showing women dancing naked.He said Basata will never tolerate artistes whose works go against national ethics.