These African musicians got into trouble with their governments over their music

Novieku Babatunde Adeola Nov 27, 2019 at 12:00pm

November 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Opinions & Features

Novieku Babatunde Adeola

Novieku Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

November 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Opinions & Features

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When Pilato started singing about the status of the poor in Zambia a lot of people were not paying attention to him. This changed in 2013 when he produced a song called Bufi, which alluded to then-President Michael Sata as the ‘father of lies’. The government was not impressed and started targeting him and his band.

The harassment peaked in 2018 when he was arrested after the release of the song ‘Koswe Mumpoto‘, which means ‘rat in a pot’.

Pilato was forced to flee the country following threats from President Edgar Lungu’s supporters upon releasing the song in December 2017. Not only did the government take the song off air, it also banned  Pilato from singing it.

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