Popular local music group “Ethic Entertainment” this past Sunday treated their ever-loyal fans to the much-awaited music video of their new widely played hit, “Soko”.
Their joy of watching the fresh piece of work rack up views on YouTube was, however, cut short moments later, after moral cop Ezekiel Mutua of the Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) took note of massive complaints from irate netizens who felt uncomfortable with some of the lyrics in the song.
While the audio release of “Soko” had been out for at least two months with close to half a million views on YouTube, the music video released barely two days ago and was quickly gaining traction.
Some even went ahead and demanded that the Nairobi-based group be completely banned from the popular American platform due to their “demeaning” and “rapey” verses often found in their tracks.
Hey Dr. @EzekielMutua,
Kindly proceed & Ban Soko by Ethic Entertainment. Keep doing the Lord's work & save the Kids from such content. It's this kind of Music that makes the Whole Gengetone look bad yet some artists are doing well in the Genre.
— BRAVIN YURI (@BravinYuri) April 19, 2020
We have started normalizing and praising rape, prostitution or paedophilia in the name of gengetone hits. The song 'Soko' by Ethic Entertainment with lyrics "… nunu yako tight kama katoto kachanga" is distasteful and should be banned from YouTube. Ezekiel Mutua wake up!
— Victor Mochere (@VictorMochere) April 19, 2020
Since the initial release, fans openly admitted to enjoying the song but a section observed that some of the sheng’ lyrics by one of the group’s members bordered on pedophilia.
In “Soko”, a phrase Seska compared a tight vagina of a woman to that of a little girl…
“Nunu yako tight kama katoto kachanga…”, he performs.
The uproar over Soko had become more pronounced on Sunday, with Ethic ending up as one of the top Kenyan Twitter trends.
This forced Ethic into making the video below private on YouTube.
Speaking on Monday, Mutua revealed that he would seek to have Ethic’s YouTube channel permanently suspended and the song’s producers arrested, arguing that he had crossed swords with Ethic one too many times.
Referencing his clash with the group over their 2019 release Tarimbo whose lyrics some claimed promoted rape, Mutua insisted that Soko was worse.
“We have gotten in touch with Google who owns Youtube. We want that channel suspended. That video is disgusting. It’s promoting child abuse and pedophilia, we cannot condone it. We are also going to pursue this matter with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). This time, we are also going for the producers, not just the artists. I mean, why would you produce such content? We will begin shutting down those studios,” – Ezekiel Mutua, KFCB CEO.
Questioned on if he would still seek to take action considering the group had taken down the video, Mutua insisted that he would not relent.
Observing that children were home from learning institutions during the Coronavirus pandemic, Mutua stated that they would crack down on obscene releases to protect children during the period.
Last year, more of Ethic’s videos among them their banger Lamba Lolo and Position featuring The Kansoul were pulled down from YouTube.
This was as a result of the rift between the group and their manager.
Ethic’s manager Mwakitele Kitawi AKA Teleh Mani would later re-upload the songs after their dispute was resolved.