Thursday, 24 January 2013

NBC bans Timaya, Psquare’s videos

The National Broadcasting Commission has banned a number of new music videos from being broadcast anywhere in the country.
Reports indicated on Thursday that artistes whose works are affected by the action include Psquare, Wande Coal, Timaya, Flavour and D’Prince. The others are Goldie, Chuddy K and Tillaman.
The videos were banned for containing erotic lyrics and scenes, promoting nudity and for showcasing what the NBC describes as suggestive dance steps.
The offending videos, according to the commission, are listed as Psquare’s Alingo, Wande Coal’s Go low, Timaya’s Bum bum, Flavour’s Shake and D’Prince’s Take banana.
Goldie’s Ski bobo and Chuddy K’s Brazilian Hair came under NBC’s axe for featuring minors and exposing them to indecent dance steps. Tillaman’s  Koma Roll was not exempted.
Although most of the artistes have not reacted to the ban, there is an indication it may have little or no effect on the affected works, in terms of reception from the viewing public, distribution and sales.
However, a spokesman for Psquare, Bayo Adetu, has described the ban as an unnecessary and unjustifiable action.
As a major regulatory body, the NBC keeps close watch on the contents of music videos and audio CDs broadcast by Nigerian television and radio stations.
In the past, the body had cause to officially kick out Afrobeat musician, Femi Kuti’s wave-making song Bang Bang Bang and Konga’s Baby konga from the air space. Quite recently, the commission had to flex its muscles when DJ Zeez’s Body Language fell short of its expectations.
Due to the public holiday on Thursday, a lady who works with the Public Affairs unit of the NBC was unable to confirm the ban when the PUNCH sought the reaction of the commission.
But the NBC official, Hajia Maimuna Jimada, said the list of banned works and affected artistes was subject to regular quarterly reviews at the commission.
Tillaman ft. Vector- Koma Roll (contains erotic and suggestive dance steps)
Wande Coal – Go Low (scenes of nudity in the video)
D’Prince – Take Banana (contains erotic, vulgar words and suggestive dance styles)
Flavour – Shake (vulgar and suggestive dance steps)
Goldie – Ski Bobo (featuring a minor with suggestive and immoral dance steps)
Chuddy K – Brazilian Hair (features children and ladies with suggestive and erotic dance steps)
Timaya – Shake your Bum Bum erotic and suggestive dance steps with vulgar lyrics.
Psquare – Alingo (erotic scenes at the end of the musical videos).
If the ban stays, the consolation for the artistes is that the NBC does not regulate what is broadcast on cable channels such as MTV Base, Soundcity, Trace and Channel O, as well as Internet platforms like Youtube and Vimeo.

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