The National Arts Council (Basata: ‘Baraza la Sanaa Tanzania’) caused a social media frenzy after Emmanuel Elibariki – whose stage name is ‘Nay Wa Mitego’ – announced that his song ‘Mama’ which was scheduled for release on Monday May 3, 2021 was barred by the Basata from being released on streaming platforms.
This action by Basata confused the local entertainment industry with its decision to approve artists’ works before they were released for public consumption.
A stir erupted after Emmanuel Elibariki / Nay Wa Mitego announced that his song “ Mama ”, due for release on Monday, May 3, 2021, had been restricted by the authority to be shown on streaming platforms until that it be changed.
While music players and artists have criticized Basata’s questionable movement, the music bar says it is not a new movement and that such an act is in accordance with the law and that the purpose was to provide relevant song notes.
On May 2, 2021, Bongo Flava rapper Nay Wa Mitego announced on his social media handles that he would post a song dubbed “ Mama ” (Mother) the next day. His fans in the comment sections were excited about the new hit as they flattered him with “ This song will be a banger, ” “ You never miss, ” a kind of compliment.
Those reactions changed quickly after Nay Wa Mitego announced on May 3 that his song was not going to be released after being restricted by Basata during its review.
Nay Wa Mitego’s statement on Basata’s act created a conversation between music icons, lovers, and stakeholders who gave their opinions on the restriction; most of them questioned Basata’s questionable decision to ban even a song respectfully titled “Mama”.
During his interview with a local radio station, Nay Wa Mitego revealed that Basata first told him that his song was provocative, that the people mentioned in the song “ Mama ” such as “ Shangazi ” (aunt) imply that her song is political.
“I sometimes think of stopping making music because of this kind of difficulty, this system will force some artists not to do their work. You can’t edit songs written by artists on behalf of the critics, when that happens the song is automatically rejected by the artists, ”he explained.
Mwana FA, one of the Hip Hop icons and currently MP, wrote on her Instagram account: “Personally, I am against the new Basata directive and I will not support it. I don’t think this principle is of any use or should be used. It is useless and will not help the artists in any way. It must be developed or prohibited. We should find other censorship strategies without limiting the creativity of artists.
Mwana FA further wrote that he does not support cursive songs; he suggested to the authority not to impose the rule on artists with an “excuse” to improve the industry.
He suggested, however, that Basata and Cosota can improve the music industry by referring to article number 7 of 1999 while Cosota grants a license for the display of public artistic concerts while collecting royalties when the works are performed. art are performed in the public and by sharing them among the artists.
“These are rules that benefit artists, but the authorities have been playing them blindfold for years. The release of songs should not be compared to applying for a visa or passport. You kill creativity. It’s always these kinds of issues that make music players wonder if Basata has any roles other than banning songs.
“I remember discussing similar things during the days I was secretary of the Basata board, I will continue to be against this rule, just like I did back then,” Mwana wrote. FA.
Experts questioned Basata’s ability to publish around 5,000-7,000 songs every day, songs for children and adults sung by up-and-coming and already known artists across the country.
Ambene Yessaya, one of Bongo Flava’s legendary hip-hop artists, said, “Does Basata only review songs made in Tanzania and allow foreign songs to be broadcast? Streaming songs becomes like applying for a visa to North Korea, it’s not fair as there are many alternative strategies that can be used. “
“Basata’s rules won’t affect Nicki Minaj or even Fally Ipupa. This means that any artist from Kenya or the United States can freely publish songs in the country without the approval of Basata, ”commented Nicklass, Music Director.
Rapper Nikki wa Pili being one of the people directly affected by the “Basata rule” took her to her Twitter page and wrote: “You are not allowed to make any work of art without permission, nor to present it to the market or to consumers. Any work of art without inspection … “any work of art” is not a game.
R n B Singer, Z-Anto was also not satisfied with the new Basata regulations.
He wrote on his Instagram account, “When you review a song that’s already created and force the singer into the studio, it costs the artist financially to start all over again. Artists will start to focus on their songs being revised instead of improving the competition. Music is a career; it should be treated as such. “