The Kenya Film Classification Board has banned viral song Takataka by upcoming rapper Alvindo.
Ezekiel Mutua, the KFCB Board Chair said the song was not only degrading to women, but it could also be summed up as “trash”.
“The KFCB has made a decision to restrict the song Takataka by Alvin aka Alvindo. The song produced by Fast Cash MusicKe is restricted due to its obscene and degrading lyrics that advocate for violence against women by equating them to trash,” a tweet from the KFCB boss said.
The song 'Takataka' by Alvin aka Alvindo should not be performed live or broadcast anywhere within the Republic of Kenya. No DJ should play the song either on broadcast station or in entertainment joints. @InfoKfcb#KFCBbansTakaTaka pic.twitter.com/wq8lhH3pea
— Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS (@EzekielMutua) April 16, 2019
Mutua further disclosed that the song had never been submitted to the board for examination and approval as dictated by Section 12 (2) of the Films and Stage Plays Act CAP 222. Takataka is unsuitable for consumption by any segment of the society, including adults, and is therefore banned for failing the basic tenets of good decency, tone and taste of good and appropriate content
“Takataka is unsuitable for consumption by any segment of the society, including adults, and is therefore banned for failing the basic tenets of good decency, tone, and taste of good and appropriate content,” said Mutua.
The Association of Media Women in Kenya is (AMWIK) a body that is committed to enhancing the status of women in Kenya and Africa welcomed KFCB Ffor the response to our collective call to #BanIndecentMusic such as #Takataka that promotes misogyny.”
We thank @EzekielMutua @InfoKfcb for the response to our collective call to #BanIndecentMusic such as #Takataka that promotes misogyny. We thank all AMWIK members who acted promptly to this initiative. Let's continue to play the watchdog role on issues affecting our society pic.twitter.com/ohP2LJq10a
— Association of Media Women in Kenya (@AMWIK) April 16, 2019
However, KrG the Don, a music entrepreneur who helped Alvindo into fame with song termed the ban as “This is the best joke I have seen today 😂😂”
In a Tweet, he ridiculed the KFCB for killing Alvindo’s music career.
“Where were you when Alvindo was doing manual jobs at Bama Meat market? Since you wanna spoil his career do have an idea of what he should be doing to pay his bills? Btw #Takataka song is loved mostly by women for your info.”
“This is a big let down to the industry at large for giving such big positions to negative minded people who do nothing to make our industry better than yesterday’s,” he added on his Instagram feed.