Gov’t takes action against ‘immoral’ gospel artistes Embarambamba and Getumbe

In response to controversy surrounding controversial gospel artists Chris Embarambamba and William Getumbe, the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has acted decisively.

Their most recent songs, Yesu Ninyandue (Getumbe) and Niko Uchi (Embarambamba), have sparked controversy because of their offensive content.

Both artists have received a demand letter from KFCB telling them to take down any offensive content from their various platforms.

According to the Kenyan Laws’ Films and Stage Plays Act, Cap. 222, noncompliance will have legal ramifications1.

“A demand letter has been issued to Embrambamba and Getumbe to remove any inappropriate content from their various platforms. Failure to comply will result in legal action in accordance with the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya,” the order read in part.

The song Yesu Ninyandue has been deemed blasphemous, while Niko Uchi, purportedly a gospel song, invites ridicule toward the Christian religion and contains vulgarity.

Additionally, some of the artistes’ dance moves have been labelled violent and imitable, posing potential danger to children and minors.

KFCB has also contacted social media platforms, urging them to take down the controversial songs.

The government emphasises that while freedom of creativity and expression exists, it should not be misconstrued as absolute

Ezekiel Mutua, the CEO of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK), echoed KFCB’s stance.

He announced that Embarambamba and Getumbe may face suspension from MCSK for five years and expulsion if they repeat such offences.

The musicians’ content will be removed from social media platforms, and the process of deregistering them from the society has begun.

Repeat violations could lead to a lifetime ban.

“Embarambamba and Getumbe obnoxious content will be deleted from social media. MCSK has also initiated the process of deregistering the two from the Society. If the resolution by a recent special AGM is upheld, the two will not be members of MCSK and will not earn any royalties for FIVE years. Repeat offences will earn them a life ban,” he wrote.

Getumbe said he had only seen the news on social media but was yet to receive the demand letter.

“I have not received the demand letter. I have only seen the information on social media,” he said.

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