Kenya: Musician’s funding withdrawn over a video of a new song

21 June 2021


Image: Musician Bahati smoking in his new video / Bahatikenya on Instagram


12 June 2021: The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has withdrawn financial support to musician Bahati’s new album, following the publication of a video, which was deemed violating the conditions of “clean content and partnership policy”, reported Pulselive.  

The decision to cancel planned financial support of Ksh 200 000 (approximately 1,519 euros) has been taken after Bahati published the video of his new song, depicting him smoking a cigar in a casino.

In his Twitter post, Head of the KFCB, Ezekiel Mutua, indicated that the video breached KFCB’s “clean content and partnership policy.”


According to The State of Artistic Freedom 2021 report, one of the key obstacles for freedom of artistic expression in Kenya in 2020 was the Film and Stage Play Act Cap 222, requiring licencing and authorisation from the KFCB before audio-visual content can be created or distributed.


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