• Kenya: Film board bans “obscene” music and “offensive” musician names

    Kenya’s Film Classification Board (KFCB) and its head, Ezekiel Mutua, announced on 19 November 2016 that they have issued a ban on local musicians using stage names they consider to be “offensive”, as well as the sale of music that contains “obscene” lyrics or glorifies drug abuse and violence. Mutua announced the news on his […]
  • Kenya: LGBT music video banned

    The Kenyan Film and Classification Board banned Art Attack’s video for its remix of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ gay rights song ‘Same Love’ on the grounds that “it does not adhere to the morals of the country”, Kenyan newspaper The Star reported on 23 February 2016. Board chairman Ezekiel Mutua also said that the video […]
  • Kenya: Three musicians accused of propagating hate speech

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kenya: Three musicians accused of propagating hate speech Three popular live musicians – John De’ Mathew, Muigai wa Njoroge and Kamande wa Kioi – have been accused of propagating hate speech. The Mugithi singers, who are popular live musicians, are allegedly singing songs in Kikuyu language that border on ‘hate speech’ against Prime […]
  • Kenya: Improved space for political lyrics

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Kenya: Improved space for political lyrics Popular Kenyan singer and songwriter Eric Wainaina, who adresses issues of corruption and social injustices, compliments the government for not trying to strain his freedom of expression, although he has been kindly requested not to sing about corruption while the president is present By Morten Bonde Pedersen, MS, reporting for […]
  • Kenya: Students Burn School in Protest Over Disco Ban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kenya: Students Burn School in Protest Over Disco BanKenyan students set fire to their school, ransacked the kitchens and looted computers in a three-hour orgy of destruction after teachers banned video shows and discos, newspapers reported Monday.Police using tear gas dispersed teenagers at the Kinyui Boys School in eastern Kenya after many of […]
  • Kenya: Are musicians composing “dirty” songs just to please listeners?

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kenya: Are musicians composing “dirty” songs just to please listeners? Editorial from The Nation (Nairobi), 12 November 2004, by Philip Mwaniki That Kenyan music has grown tremendously in the past few years is incontestable. Many local FM radio stations play this music and TV stations devote whole programmes to Kenyan music. As a […]
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