The Communications Regulatory Authority of Tanzania (TCRA) on Friday banned the video of Diamond Platnumz’ song “Mtasubiri” from all local broadcast and digital channels.
The video featuring Zuchu released about a month ago , has been viewed more than 10 million times on YouTube.
TCRA said the video had “disrespectful church choir scenes”.
“There is a clip in this video that shows the two of them that Singing in a church choir then goes somewhere else. This part has sparked a not-so-good debate among certain religious people. [It] shows disrespect for certain religious denominations,” read the statement, signed by TCRA Director General Jabiri Bakari artists Nassib Abdul aka Diamond Platnumz and Zuhura Othuman Soud aka Zuchu – remove the disrespectful scene from the clip.
The move comes a few days after Diamond Platnumz’s YouTube account was hacked. YouTube blocked the channel after the hackers posted inappropriate content that “violated community standards”. The suspension was later lifted.