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Morgan Heritage Criticizes Tanzanian Authorities For Forbidding Their Song

TCRA restricted the song, which was released in September 2017, from receiving airplay last year, five months after it was released.

Jamaican reggae group Morgan Heritage with Tanzanian bongo artiste Diamond Platnumz (second left). PHOTO | COURTESY
Jamaican reggae group Morgan Heritage with Tanzanian bongo artiste Diamond Platnumz (second left). PHOTO | COURTESY

Reggae band Morgan Heritage, winners of a Grammy Award, has criticized the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) for continuing to outlaw their popular song “Hallelujah,” which features Diamond Platnumz.

Five months after its September 2017 release, the TCRA prohibited the song from being played on the radio.

The Tanzanian Cultural Rights Authority (TCRA), in cooperation with the Tanzania Art and Music Regulatory Board (Basata), decided to outlaw the song because it was deemed to be morally repugnant.

TCRA and Basata contended that the song was genuinely offensive because the accompanying video glorified lewd women.

The two bodies disagree with Morgan Heritage, who said that by utilizing Biblical text to promote women, they did nothing illegal. Morgan Heritage recently visited Kenya for the first time since the prohibition.

According to the Bible, God made women because He noticed that man was lonely. Therefore, we shall never stop elevating women in society. Since we are crucified when we do it and use the phrase “bit*h.” When we say “Hallelujah,” we now run afoul. They accuse us of blasphemy. Hallelujah, the vocalist Roy “Gramps” Morgan cried, “Let the woman be praised.

Despite the ban, the song has attracted more than 10.5 million views on YouTube besides being a club banger.

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