Embarambamba’s gospel song “Niko Uchi” banned from airwaves for nudity and vulgarity

Colleta Ochieng
Colleta Ochieng

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has banned the hit song by Kisii artiste Chris Embarambamba dubbed ‘Niko Uchi’ from being featured across Kenya’s media platforms.

KFCB has further ordered the pulling down of the song from media platforms terming the song ‘unrated and inappropriate’.

In a stern statement, the KFCB also noted that the latest songs by artists Chris Embarambamba and William Getumbe, have violated the Films and Stage Plays Act.

Getumbe was placed on the spot for his song ‘Yesu Ninyandue’.

Nelly Muluka, acting CEO of KFCB, expressed grave concerns over the rise of the derogatory content in gospel songs.

Muluka singled out Embarambamba’s song titled ‘Niko Uchi’ and condemned the track for its derogatory portrayal of Christianity and inclusion of nudity.

“The song titled ‘Niko Uchi’, which is purported gospel, invites ridicule to the Christian religion, also contains nudity (and) vulgarity. It has further been noted that some of the artiste’s dancing styles are violent and others present imitable behaviour, which if copied by children/minors, can be dangerous and disastrous,” Muluka said.

Muluka added that as a result, the KFCB’s Media Monitoring Department had been flooded with complaints from the public regarding the song.

Muluka emphasized that while the board respects freedom of expression, it cannot condone content that violates the law and jeopardizes the safety and well-being of children.

In response, the KFCB has mandated that no film or media content be distributed, exhibited, or broadcast without prior approval from the board.

“The Board does not wish to curtail creativity and of freedom of expression. However. freedom of expression as enshrined under Article 33 of our Constitution is not absolute. It has certain limitations and must be interpreted within the broader context of other provisions of the Constitution, including Article 11 on culture and Article 24 on the limitation of rights and fundamental freedoms,” Muluka added.

Muluka also urged parents and guardians to closely monitor their children’s online activities, especially during the mid-term break, and to take proactive measures to prevent exposure to inappropriate material.

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