Sauti Sol’s new hit angers Ezekiel Mutua, threatens ban
The chairperson of the Kenya Film Classification Board Ezekiel Mutua has condemned Sauti Sol’s new hit song, Melanin, featuring Nigeria’s Patoranking terming it as “absolute pornography”.
The self-proclaimed moral police described the video as “scatological, intellectual incapacitation and a tragedy of monumental proportions” as he threatened to seek a court injunction to bar the song from airing.
Speaking to Citizen Digital, he expressed his deep disappointment with the band lamenting that they are “a gifted band that is running out of ideas and it’s a tragedy”.
“I have watched the video, the scenes are inappropriate and it’s full of nudity, obscenity and it should be saved for watershed period,” he said. “Sauti Sol is taking the wrong direction, defying the norms and expectations of the society, they don’t know that they can still be famous without being obscene,” he said.
He added that he will forward the song to experts in the board to classify it even though Sauti Sol are yet to submit it for classification.
“The elements that we look at are the frequency, intensity, nudity and obscenity and Sauti sol’s is adult rated,” he said.
Mutua further criticised the band highlighting that they were also banned for their Nishike hitsong that attracted alot of criticism from the moral police.
“Nishike was also condemned, Kenya is not a religious state but over 80% of Kenyans are conservatives, you cannot watch with your mother or your daughter that song, it is not suitable for family viewing” he said.
Mutua said the band can do romance without being immoral and the video was just a way of sustaining fame and gaining controversy.
The band launched the song on Tuesday and early reviews were all in praise of the song for a beautiful portrayal of black women. It had garnered an impressive 48,000 views just a few hours after release.
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