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Tanzanian Police launch search for missing Bongo Artiste

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Police in Tanzania have launched a search for Tanzanian singer  Godfrey Tumaini popularly known as Dudu Baya after he went missing two months ago.

According to reports the singer went missing on the 13th of August 2020 raising fears for his life.

The news about his disappearance was made public by his daughter Maria who appealed for help in tracing her 46 year old father.

“Bongo Fleva artist Dudu Baya went missing 13/8/2020, I’m pleading with the media to spread the word, I’m his daughter Maria,”  she said

In his last video on Instagram on the day he disappeared, Dudu  Baya threatened to bring to light the rot at the Copyright Society of Tanzania and urged artistes to stand up against slavery.

“When President Benjamin William Mkapa started COSOTA, he intended to ensure artists are not exploited or turned into slaves. To honour his memory, artists must stand firm and reject slavery. Games are being played at COSOTA, I’ll tell you about it soon… If you don’t stand firm in these five years  of John, you will be a slave all your life,” he said

In 2019, Dudu Baya was banned from partaking in any music activity by Baraza la Sanaa la Taifa (BASATA) over sentiments he made following the death of Clouds Media Group executive, Ruge Mutahaba.

In a post on Instagram, Dudu Baya accused Mutahaba of being oppressive and selective in his support of artists. The ban came shortly after the country’s Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Dr Harrison Mwakyembe called for action to be taken against the singer.

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