By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
Tshalla Muana, a legendary Congolese singer who was famous in the mid-90s for raunchy performances, was freed on Tuesday from police custody following pressure from former president Joseph Kabila’s PPRD party.
Aged 62, Tshalla Muana, a renowned supporter of Kabila, was arrested on Monday by intelligence operatives after she released a song that portrays the current president Felix Tshisekedi in negative light.
The song titled ‘Ingratitude’, criticises Tshisekedi as an ungrateful man who turned his back on his mentor.
The singer sings about a man who becomes successful after benefiting from his mentor whom he later turns against.
Although she doesn’t mention Kabila’s name in the song Congolese listeners know it was a jab at the current president who formed the government after a coalition with Kabila’s party.
Authorities have since banned the song and warned radio and TV stations against playing the Rumba maestro’s new song.