Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has banned ‘Love Farmer’ a Zambian song by artist calling himself Day-Vee for unpalatable and erotic lyrics.
The Malawi broadcaster has also banned Nigeria’s hit song ‘Sawa Sawa’ by DJ Flavour, according to Malawi Today publication.
Zambia’s Day-Vee has been in the Malawi since last month performing with Dan Lu and had his last show on Sunday at the Warehouse Cultural Centre in Blantyre.
MBC’ head of presentation Cosmas Tchale confirmed the development saying the two songs have been banned for containing sensitive and ‘un-Malawian’ words.
The ban comes barely few days after The Weekend Times exposed the unpalatable lyrics of ‘Sawa Sawa’ which has become a regular feature in homes, during weddings, engagements and most drinking joints.
But Tchale said they banned the song after getting a tip from somebody who understands the language used in the song.
“After we investigated, we realised that the song contains very obscene words which is very un-Malawian. As a mother radio station, we don’t accept anything sensitive and unpalatable to be played on air,” he said.
Tchale said, after all, it is a policy of MBC for a presenter to play only those songs they understand the language used.
“It is advisable for our presenters to be careful with the foreign songs. We would rather play songs done in English or Chichewa because it’s the language we understand.
“We have the Music Promotion Bureau at MBC which is responsible for screening any song before being played on air. But maybe we just overlooked these songs,” he said.
However, when The Weekend Times interviewed a Nigerian journalist last week Obina Emelike of Business Day in Lagos, he dismissed the translation, arguing that to translate so is to miss the meaning of the song.
In an email response, Obina explained that the lyrics in the opening line means ‘baby give me your love.’
On his part, Day-Vee expressed surprise on what wrong his song has done to meet the fate.
“I don’t know which area my song is sensitive. You can be surprised that in Zambia, the song is enjoying massive airplay even on state-controlled media which have solid censorship policies.
“I hope I will find concrete answers from MBC on the matters on why they have done so before I leave for home,” he said.
The ‘Sawa Sawa’ ban is likely to be a huge blow to entertainment promoters in the country who have been planning to bring the artist in the country during December festivities.