Kenya’s censorship boss bans hit song over ‘obscene’ lyrics

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Kenya’s so-called moral policeman is facing criticism for banning the hit song, Wamlambez, that includes slang references to oral sex.

Ezekiel Mutua, the Kenya Film Classification Board boss, said the lyrics were deemed to be “pure pornography” and should not be played where children could hear them.

This means it cannot be broadcast on radio and TV or in public places such as on public transport.

Nightclubs and bars are now the only places that Wamlambez, by the music group Sailors, can be heard.

Mr Mutua also banned Tetema, a song by a musician from the neighbouring Tanzania, on similar grounds.

The video on YouTube, which has had nearly four million views, also features lewd dance moves.

It has become hugely popular in the last few months: it was chanted in the stadium after Kenya beat Tanzania in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo in June and at Kenya’s national stadium last month when local team Kariobangi Sharks played Everton from the English Premier League:

It is played at many celebratory events – even one funeral – the hashtag #WamlambezChallenge has become a craze.

This is a call-and-response sequence when someone shouts out: “Wamlambez”, and those around all respond by exclaiming: “Wamnyonyez” – both references to performing oral sex.

Video editors have had fun on Twitter, some using footage of Kenya’s founding father Jomo Kenyatta and characters from the animation Ice Age doing the chants:

Social embed from twitter

Social embed from twitter

The Sailors’ publicist and manager, Rachel Mwalimu, tweeted that the ban was like something out of George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm (Shamba la Wanyama in Swahili) – with different rules for different people – as she said there were other “coded” songs that had never been banned:

Social embed from twitter

Meanwhile, the country’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has on occasions been filmed dancing to the Tetema song at political rallies.

Source: BBC

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