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Is Diamond’s Yataniua a copy and paste of DJ Maphoria, Asake’s songs

Tanzanian Bongo Artist Diamond Platnumz performing on stage during the final Azimio rally held at Kasarani Sports Stadium on August 6, 2022. Photo | NMG

Internationally acclaimed South African DJ Maphorisa on Saturday, October 29, 2022, had Tanzanian superstars Mbosso and Diamond Platinumz’s latest song pulled down from streaming giant YouTube.

The song was pulled down after the duo uploaded the hit song ‘Yataniua’ to their respective YouTube channels a day earlier and amassed millions of views.

Mbosso and Diamond’s Yataniua song sounds similar to Young Stunna, Kabza de Small and DJ Maphorisa’s song, Adiwele, which premiered on YouTube on March 18, 2022.

Yataniua is one of the tracks on Mbosso’s album, Khan, and he featured Diamond on the song.

Both songs share the same beat and arrangement in some parts, especially where the trio sings ‘Adiwele’ compared to Mbosso, who sings in Swahili in the same tune as the Adiwele lyric.

In the same song, Diamond also sings in a way that is very similar to how Nigerian artiste Asake sang in his Peace Be Unto You (PBUY) song- and the difference, again, is that he sings in Swahili. Asake released his hit song, PBUY, four months ago.

According to YouTube, when a video is pulled down, it is because a copyright owner sent the streaming platform a complete legal request to have a video taken down; and the alleged offender receives a copyright strike.

The strike system is put in place to show how close they are to getting their account banned and also puts certain restrictions on the offender’s account.
Despite the original Yataniua song not being available on YouTube search, it can be found on several other fan channels.

It is unavailable on Mbosso’s or Diamond’s official channels and was brought down after surpassing the million views marks on both channels.

The duo has been heavily promoting the song on their social media platforms and even creating dance challenges to the song.

Thousands of followers participated in the challenge as the Tanzanian singers shared their favorite challenge participants’ works.

Despite Yataniua not being on YouTube, it continues streaming on sites such as Spotify, Apple, and Audiomack, where it is performing exceptionally well and enjoying international airplay.

The last time Diamond and DJ Maphorisa worked together was in March 2017, when they collaborated on Mafikizolo’s Colors of Africa song as featured artists.

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