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Kenya: Musician sentenced to six months in jail because of a music video shared on social media

10 September 2020
Otieno Aloka singing with a micrphone
Image: Otieno Aloka performing live / Screenshot from live performance powered by Melamani Promotion on YouTube

 

31 August: Kenyan song composer Otieno Aloka (real name George Otieno Adinda) was sentenced to six months in prison or a fine of Ksh120,000 (around 936 euros) because of a music video with “obscene” lyrics streamed on Facebook, reported Standard Media.

According to Nation Africa, Aloka performed a song Ochot Madhako during a live stream on his Facebook account and shortly after it was deemed “obscene” and “likely to corrupt children and young people”.

Standard Media reported that the artist was sentenced on charges of distribution and exhibition of a film before it was approved  as well as failure to obtain a filming license.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqQmbQFUOR4

Nation Africa reported that Aloka apologised on his social media profile an explained that the song was not created for public use.

 

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