June 22nd 2017

Entertainment / Music

Films Board now threatens to ban 'vulgar' music off air

“We have been placed in this office by the government on behalf of the Kenyan parents to protect their children from exposure to obscenity,” the CEO said, adding he was up to his task.

By Rose Mukonyorosemukonyo@yahoo.comTuesday, 14 Feb 2017 12:35 EAT

Mr Mutua with the Board's Public Relations Officer Nelly Muluka addressing media at Kamuthanga in Machakos County. (Photo: Rose Mukonyo/Kenya Free Press).

The Kenya Films Classification Board has warned musicians and other artists who use 'obscene' language in their music or videos. The board's CEO Ezekiel Mutua said such artistes will no longer be condoned. Mr Mutua said the board will work with the relevant government officials to ensure the Film and Video Act is enforced to uphold morals in the Kenyan society.

Speaking at Kamuthanga Secondary School in Machakos County over the weekend, Mr Mutua said the Board was particularly concerned about the increasing use of obscene content in music and video productions aired in public places including radio, television and entertainment places across the country.

“You don’t have to be vulgar to sell your artwork, we are going to be firm with whoever is trying to corrode the morals of this nation through obscenity,” he said, adding that he would be moving to court this week for further interpretations of this Act where some advertisers claimed the Board had no mandate to enforce the laws.

“We have been placed in this office by the government on behalf of the Kenyan parents to protect their children from exposure to obscenity,” the CEO said, adding he was up to his task.

Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.





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