According to reports, Bongo Star Godfrey Tumaini popularly known as Dudu Baya has been missing for the last two months.
Following his disappearance, Tanzanian sleuths have begun searching for the renowned creative who went missing on the 13th of August 2020, raising concerns for his dear life.
On the day Dudu Baya disappeared, he shared a video on Instagram threatening to shame the lack of integrity at the Copyright Society of Tanzania urging his fellow artists to stand up with him 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
Reports of his disappearance started fanning when his daughter Maria reached out to the public for help in finding 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
Previously in 2018, the 46-year-old was prohibited from taking part in any music festivities by Baraza la Sanaa la Taifa (BARASTA) over the claims he made following the demise of Cloud Media Group Executive, Ruge Mutahaba.
Dudu Baya incriminated Mutabaha for being oppressive and selective in extending support to artists.
According to Tanzanian sources, his ban from the said festival came shortly after the country’s Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe called for action to be taken against the veteran singer.
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