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Tanzania: Musician arrested over allegedly ‘insulting the government’ in his song

15 November 2021
Image: Musician Vitali Maembe / vitalimaembe on Instagram

 

The Tanzanian Police Force released musician and activist Vitali Maembe from detention on 3 November 2021, after arresting him the day before for allegedly “insulting the government” in a song, reported Music in Africa.

Maembe was arrested because of his song Kaizari / Ceasar, released on 6 September 2021. The song expressed disappointment in Tanzania citizens’ socio-economic situation and how it is being affected by election declarations that are not fulfilled. 

Twitter users launched a campaign #ReleaseVitaliMaembe calling for the artist’s release.

After his arrest, Maembe was detained at Bagamoyo Police Station and transferred to Kibaha Police Station. He was eventually released on bail on 3 November 2021.

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