Namibian singer Ruusa Munalye, popularly known as Blossom, was handed a 12-month ban by the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) on 10 November 2017 for criticising the president of Namibia on social media, using what the organisation considered to be tribal words, reported Namibian Broadcasting Corporation.
The ban prohibits Blossom from attending or performing at the award show, regardless of whether she is performing as herself or with others.
The singer’s social media post was interpreted as referring to the president as a “squanderer” of Namibia’s resources. As a result of the post, Blossom’s show at the Bank Windhoek Fun Day event on 11 November 2017, where she had been scheduled to perform, was also cancelled, reported Music in Africa.
NAMAs explained in a statement that the ban could be further extended by a year: “Save to say the ban is conditional on the bid that Blossom extends a public apology. Any inaction on Blossom’s part of no apology being forthcoming will leave no option but for the executive committee of the NAMAs to extend the ban with another year (sic)”, reported Namibian Sun.
The singer told Music in Africa she would not apologise and that the word she used in her social media is a word used in her tribe to describe someone’s character, which some who don’t speak her language are “giving it another meaning”.
The singer, along with her legal team, has contested the ban.