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Tanzania bans Diamond Platnumz’s ‘Mtasubiri’ video over blasphemous religious contents 

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The newly released musical video of Tanzanian music star, Diamond Platinumz titled ‘Mtasubiri’ where he featured one of the country’s biggest singer, Zuchu, has been banned by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) from all media outlets including the social media.

The video from Diamond’s latest LP titled First of All (FOA), which was released in early April, has so far garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube and is among the most streamed song in the country.

In a statement on Friday announcing the ban of the video, the TCRA which is the country’s media regulator body, said it had received a letter from the National Arts Council to stop public performance and distribution of the said video.

The TCRA said the ban was due to a complaint by sections of Christians who cited a scene at the beginning of the video where a choir member leaves a practice scene and headed somewhere in a romantic gateway which the Christians find blasphemous.

“That scene in the video has caused controversy among the Christian faithful who think it is blasphemous,” part of the statement reads.

The council however, advised the music star to make amendments in the video if he desires it to be unbanned and for to be allowed to air in mainstream media outlets.

This is the second time Diamond Platnumz has gotten into trouble with the Tanzanian regulators as two of his works, ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Waka’ were banned in 2017 for similar reasons.

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Mali’s ‘King of Kora’ Diabate passes on at 58

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Mali’s most celebrated artiste, Toumani Diabate, popularly known as “King of Kora,” has passed away at the age of 58 following a brief illness.

According to an announcement from his family on social media, Diabate, a renowned master of the Kora which is a traditional West African stringed instrument, died on Friday at a private clinic in Bamako, the capital of Mali.

His son, Sidiki Diabate, who is also a musician, made the announcement on his Facebook page with the words:
“My dear dad is gone forever.”

Diabate was an accomplished musician whose contributions were recognized for bridging the gap between ancestral traditions and modern music, making a lasting imprint on Mali’s cultural landscape.

Local media said Diabate who was born in 1965 into a family of griots, was deeply rooted in Mali’s rich cultural heritage, serving as a guardian of the nation’s oral histories and traditions.

“Throughout his career, Diabate was celebrated for his extraordinary skill and innovative approach to the Kora,” a Malian tabloid wrote in a tribute.

“His ability to seamlessly blend traditional Malian music with contemporary influences earned him acclaim both in Africa and internationally.

“His contributions were recognized for bridging the gap between ancestral traditions and modern music, making a lasting imprint on Mali’s cultural landscape.”
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Jesus never raised the dead nor healed the sick, Ghanaian actor Majid says

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Jesus never raised the dead nor healed the sick, Ghanaian actor Majid say

Veteran Ghanaian actor, Majid Michel, has raised a storm after stating that Jesus Christ did not raise the dead or healed the sick during his earthly ministry.

The thespian-turned-pastor, who made the assertion in a thought-provoking sermon about Christianity, said contrary to widely held beliefs, Jesus Christ neither personally healed any sick person nor raised the dead, despite these acts being credited to him in biblical teachings.

Michel, who cited some of the known miracles attributed to Jesus Christ, said:

“Do you know Jesus never healed the sick nor raised the dead? Jesus never let the blind see.

“Do you know what Jesus said? ‘I do nothing by myself. As I see the Father do, I do.’ In other words, I am Jesus, I have a will, but I will not use my will; only the will of my Father I came to do,” he said.

Going further to buttress his points, the multiple award winning actor said:

“If the devil had gotten Jesus to turn that stone to bread without asking his Father’s permission, he had gotten him to sin and that is what you call sin—separation from God, independence from God.

“When you throw your own plans and make your own decisions without consulting the Father, you have sinned.”

The “Crime To Christ” actor also emphasized that the Christian religion, Islamic religion, and other religions are actually some of the world’s biggest problems, noting that all religions have a history of perpetrating violence and some inhumane acts, and suggested that people should distance themselves from being religious.

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