Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), on Tuesday banned popular street jam ‘Takataka’ by Alvin aka Alvindo which is viewed by over one million on YouTube.
In a statement, KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua linked the song to the recent killings of women in love-gone-wrong incidences in the country expressing fears that such kind of songs that objectifies women and glorifies hurting should not be condoned at all.
The recent killing that shocked the nation being that of a man, Naftali Kinuthia, who hacked his girlfriend to death in broad daylight in Eldoret.
“Moving forward, the song should not be performed live or broadcasted anywhere within the Republic of Kenya. No Dj should play the song either on a broadcast station or in any entertainment,” He said.
“The song Takataka is characterised by crude language that objectifies women and glorifies hurting them as normal reaction to rejection of overtures by men,” He added.
Surprisingly, the moral cop revealed that the song was never submitted to the board for classification four months down since it was released.
Explaining why it took his Board all that time to act on Takataka song, Mutua said the board was scrupulous and followed the process allowed by the Law to have a watertight case against such content.
“Art is the mirror of society but art must also set the right agenda by ensuring that content promotes moral responsibility at all times,” He stated.
Kenyans on Twitter Reactions:
Eh double standards wakenya. I've seen tweets za people saying Ezekiel Mutua was wrong in banning #Takataka and even insulting him alafu we're still tweeting on #StopKillingForLove yet the takataka song supports the very thing #StopKillingForLove is against.
— Joy to the world (@joyrery) April 16, 2019
Say whatever you wanna say about #TakaTaka but do no call his work PRIMITIVE! it is a dangerous undertaking for persons like Ezekiel Mutua to constitute themselves final judges of the worth of Alvin’s art.
— antoneosoul (@antoneosoul) April 16, 2019
So according to the latest research done,the 2nd highest killer of Kenyan youth aged 15-29 is depression,a mental issue. For a country ranked 6th most depressed in Africa you'd think we ought to have psycho social institutions to help with this but nah..let's ban #Takataka
— ___CLR (@luludafala) April 16, 2019
— Cynthia Claire ? (@C_Waithira) April 16, 2019
— Lee Raps (@lee_ngure) April 16, 2019
So y'all called a press conference to ban #Takataka ,plus it took u almost 3 months to reach this decision #ipaytaxmoneyforthisnonsense anyway let me wait for Messi and co. pic.twitter.com/VTzjB6lnkz
— Zero (@dekreebill) April 16, 2019
I do not like this song, or any song for that matter, but Mutua is engaging in nonsense, this borders on Freedom of Speech, it does not incite nobody, let the boy find a good lawyer and take this to court, Ezekiel will not bring back dry bones this time #Takataka
— Exotic Scouse (@GodwinLangat_) April 16, 2019
— Donghyuk61cmBooboo (@melanicious1) April 16, 2019