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How Tanzania star, Diamond Platnumz, pocketed $100,000 for 10-minute performance at Odinga’s rally in Kenya

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Tanzanian Bongo singer, Diamond Platinumz, is currently smiling to the bank after he was paid a whopping $100, 000 (KSh230 million Kenyan Shillings) for a 10-miute performance on Saturday to endorse presidential aspirant, Raila Odinga, ahead of Tuesday’s general election in the East African country.

Diamond Platinumz, (real name Nasibu Abdul Juma) who is unarguably the biggest artiste in the region, was contracted to appear at the final Azimio rally where he endorsed Odinga, which, according to The Citizen, has angered a lot of Kenyan artistes who felt they were overlooked.

“Many Kenyan artists are furious about the huge pay despite his electrifying performance at a fully packed stadium in Nairobi.

“They feel devalued since none of them could have earned that amount of cash at a political rally,” The Citizen noted.

“The Waah! hitmaker made most out of the event without wiping much of a sweat off his brow.

“Diamond made millions in perhaps one of the shortest ever performances of his life and was off the skies back to South Africa to celebrate his daughter’s birthday before the trolls began.

“The Tanzanian performance at a fully packed Moi Stadium in Kasarani left a number of Kenyan artists unimpressed, particularly rapper Juliani.

“An irked Juliani described the performance as distasteful, while comedian Eric Omondi used the situation again to brand Kenyan artistes lazy,” it said.

Another Kenyan entertainment tabloid, Daily Nation, in its report, said Diamond’s performance at the final campaign rally, was meant to be a surprise in a last attempt to woo youthful voters by Odinga in his fifth bid to become the president of Kenya.

“The singer wasn’t in the picture as preparations for the last rally geared up, until three weeks ago when he was contacted and the conversation began.

“As such he had to raise his rate card from the normal $70,000 he charges for an hour show outside Tanzania. Negotiations dragged a little bit and a fee of $100,000 was agreed and contract signed,” The Nation reported.

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Kenya prohibits LGBTQ+ movies from streaming platforms

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The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has banned movies containing LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) contents from streaming platforms in the country.

The Chief Executive Officer of the KFCB, Christopher Wambua, who made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday, insisted that movies that contain same-sex contents are prohibited in the Kenyan Constitution, hence the board will continue its crackdown on such contents in the mainstream media.

“The country’s laws do not allow LGBTQ+ content or even relationships. Even as we rate and classify content, we also consider other applicable laws,” Wambua said.

Describing some films as “explicit portrayal of homosexuality-related scenes,” Wambua said such movies have already been barred from broadcast in the country.

The censor board CEO particularly referred to the Netflix streaming site saying that talks were underway with the US-based company to ensure that future access to homosexual content was restricted.

“Because of our discussions with Netflix, they are curating their classification system that is very aligned with our laws with the view of ensuring that in future once we sign the agreement, some of this content is not visible at all within the republic,” he said.

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(VIDEO) Nigerian Afrobeat star, Burna Boy locks down South Africa as over 100,000 attend ‘DSTV Delicious Festival 2022’

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Nigerian Afrobeats star, Burna Boy, on Saturday night, showed, yet again, why he is the undisputed “African Giant” when he brought down the roof at the DSTV Delicious Festival 2022 held at the Kylami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The much anticipated event, which brought over 100,000 fans to see the Nigerian singer who gave a sterling performance, saw the crowd rocking along with the ‘Last Last’ crooner throughout the duration of his performance at the concert.

And Burna Boy did not disappoint the mammoth crowd as he churned out hit after hit to the delight of the fans who kept yelling for more.

The highlight of the night came when South African rapper and Burna Boy’s sworn enemy, AKA, got on the stage and the duo performed a duet from Burna’s “All Eyez On Me” track, which got the crowd almost bringing down the roof of the arena.

Burna and AKA who were hitherto close friend fell out in 2019 following a series of xenophobic attacks targeting Nigerians in Johannesburg which the Nigerian star condemned vehemently.

In a Twitter post, Burna had called on Nigerians and other black foreigners living in South Africa to “defend and protect themselves” against their attackers.

The tweet did not go down well with AKA whose response further angered the Nigerian, leading to the two acts engaging each other in a bitter war of words.

It got so bad they resorted to issuing threats to each other, with Burna Boy threatening to beat up AKA if he dared come into Nigeria.

Though there has been no record of the two stars publicly reconciling, it was a delight to see them perform together for the first time in years on his first return to South Africa after the fallout.

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