Kenya’s Timmy Tdat has spoken out about the controversy surrounding his new collab, ‘Vitamin U’, with Tanzania’s Rosa Ree.
Reprimands from content authorities in both Kenya and Tanzania saw Timmy Tdat bow to pressure and pull down the video.
Speaking to Mseto East Africa, Tdat divulged further saying he deleted the video because Rosa Ree was feeling the heat from authorities in her country. He said the femcee was summoned by three government agencies and hence saw it right to pull down the salacious video.
“Nilitoa video sababu ya Rosa Ree. Side ya Tanzania ilikuwa noma. Monday Tuesday na Wednesday alikuwa kwa kesi tofauti. On Monday alikuwa sijui kwa akina nani, on Tuesday alikuwa kwa board ya filamu, on Wednesday alikuwa kwa BASATA yenyewe so the more ilikuwa inaendelea kukaa hapo ndio the more inakaa nikama yeye ni kichwa ngumu,” he said.
Timmy also faulted the agencies for turning a blind eye on the fact that ‘Vitamin U’ is his song and Rosa Ree is just a featured artiste.
“You see those guys hawawezi kuelewa kwamba haiko kwa channel yake, iko kwa channel yangu na hawawezi kuelewa kwamba si ngoma yake ni yangu nimemshirikisha. Vile ameshakuwa mhusika ni noma already. Mimi kitu ningeweza kufanya the best ni kupull kwanza video, vitu zitulie alafu nipige edit.”
Timmy was also defiant with regard to creating more lewd content saying that is where the Kenyan music industry is headed.
“Nikipewa fursa ya kufanya video kama hio. Mimi naona ntaifanya kwa sababu huko ndio mahali tunaenda. Trey Songz wanazifanya, akina pretty ugly wanazifanya. We need to take our industry to the next level,” said Tdat.
Meanwhile, Tanzania authorities have cracked the whip on Rosa Ree. The Tanzania Music Regulatory board, commonly known as Baraza la Sanaa la Taifa (Basata), has banned the femcee from taking part in any music-related activities for six months.
The ban means the ‘Kipopo’ singer will not be allowed to perform in and outside the country as well as release any new song for the stipulated period of time.
According to acting Basata CEO Onesmo Kayanda, Rosa Ree violated two more laws.
“The board found her with two mistakes other than sharing explicit content online. One, she never brought the project to Basata for review and two she did not enter into a contract with the international artiste she collaborated with as per the law,” said Kayanda.