Kenyan artist Alvindo was on Thursday forced to apologize after honouring a sermon by the Kenya Films and Classification Board (KFCB).
In a meeting led by KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua, the Taka Taka hitmaker pledged to engage in ‘better’ music that will promote morals in the society.
However, the singer affirmed that he had no intention of promoting violence against women in the song in question.
“I want to apologize to my fans and to promise them a second release that will embrace moral values… I am sorry I didn’t intend to incite jilted men against women. As a law abiding citizen,today nili appear before with my lawyer allocated to me by my boss and whatever wameniambia ntatilia maanani cos am an obedient man…my next song will definitely be better than takataka and it will inspire and motivate Kenyans in many ways..asante sana Kwa kunielekeza kwa njia njema…and thank you all,” wrote Alvindo.
The two parties agreed to have the matter settled out of court.
In a statement seen by Kahawa Tungu, KFCB stated that the resolutions were reached after consultation with the singer through his lawyer.
“The Board and Alvindo through his lawyer, resolved to settle the matter out of court,” the statement read in part.
However, KFCB directed the singer to ‘submit the song in question and any other audio visual work of art that he may have produced to the Board for examination and classification’, adding that the earlier ban stands.
Further, Alvindo was obliged to pull down the song from all platforms where he has uploaded it, including YouTube, and social media.
KFCB warned the media from broadcasting the song, or risk legal action.
“That any public entertainment joint that plays the song or media house that broadcasts it will be in breach of the law and will be held liable in accordance with the law.” KFCB stated.
Last week, the board announced that police had launched a manhunt for the singer, for allegedly despising a government ban.
“It was shocking to hear that the producer has launched the video despite our ban and the summons to appear before the Board. There’s absolutely no heroism in despising a ban by Government…
“…police are also narrowing down on the producer and composer of the song “Takataka” banned recently by the Board for its misogynistic relics, ” Mutua stated after a meeting between KFCB and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Friday, April 26.
The board banned the song for promoting violence against women.
“The board notes with great concern that the song was not submitted for examination and clarification, as such, it contravenes section 12 (2) of the Films and Stage Plays Act, “read part of the board’s press release.