Tanzanian music troupeTanzanian Music Group ‘Offside trick’ famous for their Taarab music were dragged out of the stage during the Lamu cultural festival for their explicit dance moves.

The group are said to have danced in moves that were distasteful to the coastal County’s cultural nature.

The music group faced an uproar from the community and religious leaders who said that Lamu was listed as a center of Heritage and that the dancers left nothing to imagination while performing their explicit dances. The Audience who were dignitaries from various areas were forced to cover their faces.

The organizers of the event said that the music troupe breached their contract and that their performance was disrespectful and did not promote the spirit of the cultural event.

The religious leaders were forced to literally walk to the podium and switch off the microphones and forcefully drag the troupe out of the stage.

The coast region deputy director for the National Museums of Kenya-NMK Athman Hussein said that the the happenings of the night were regrettable.

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‘That was a very embarrassing and regrettable incident. Lamu is a historical town which is also enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage site.There is need to keep out any western cultures.That applies for the kind of dances, dressing code and the transport systems used within the town. We must all strive to preserve the Culture of Lamu. Such incidents are a danger to our culture,’He said.

The event came to a drastic end with other troupes of dancers and musicians not getting an opportunity to perform.

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