Takataka banned by KCFB

The Kenya Film Classification Board chairperson, Dr Ezekiel Mutua has officially banned the viral song dubbed Takataka

By Emilly Bade

The Kenya Film Classification Board chairperson Dr Ezekiel Mutua has officially banned the viral song dubbed ‘Takataka’ by upcoming rapper Alvin aka Alvindo. Mutua blacklisted the song saying it is obscene and has degrading lyrics that advocate for violence against women by equating them to trash.

The Kenya Film Classification Board has also with immediate effect blacklisted the song which was produced by the FastCash Music Group. While speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, KFCB CEO Dr Ezekiel Mutua described the song as primitive and abusive saying that the song has crude lyrics that objectifies women and glorifies hurting them as a normal reaction to the rejection of overtures by men.

“The aggressive and sadistic attitude exhibited by the singer seeks to not only incite men who face rejection by suitors but also justifies hatred and hard feelings that come with possible rejection,” said the KFCB boss.

Mutua noted that the ‘Takataka’ song was against the Board’s guidelines and classification that form the basis of approving and banning of film content. “The lyrics defining ‘Takataka’ are obscene, primitive and abuse our sensibilities as a people and cannot be condoned or celebrated in any way by the society,” he added.

Mutua added that the song was never submitted to the board for classification in the first place while urging artists and media houses to create and exhibit content that builds society. As a result, the singer Alvindo has been summoned by the Board and given a 14-day ultimatum to appear before the board failure to which legal action will be taken against him.

“Broadcasting, exhibition, distribution (including online) or possession of ‘Takataka’ is a criminal offence. This song should not be performed live or broadcast anywhere within the Republic of Kenya,” said Mutua.

The board noted with great concern that there have been too many spousal deaths recently and such kind of music and content has encouraged this kind of violence.

The song currently has 1 million views on Youtube.


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