Punjabi songs and artists are always being told to edit and change song as they are not suitable for audiences that listen to the BBC Asian Network, now the BBC itself is having to apologise for a song that slipped through it’s net and onto the BBC Asian Networks airwaves.
The BBC have released a statement stating it should not have played a rap song accused of glamorising sexual exploitation on Radio 1 and the Asian Network.
The track in question is by Frenzo Harami, and is called Chaabian Boyz and features lyrics which refer to profiting from a prostitution ring.
“I got 20 white girls… laying on their backs for P (money],” raps the east Londoner. He also boasts about dealing drugs and refers to himself as a “pimp.”
The song, called Chaabian Boyz, received limited plays on late-night shows hosted by Kan D Man and Bobby Friction, who described it favourably as “proper grimy, grimy, grimy”.
The song which had been edited to remove swearing was still allowed to pass through the BBC’s checks as it did not raise any “red flags” with BBC producers. Sexual abuse charities were shocked that the BBC had played the song.
Chris Tuck, founder of the Survivors of Abuse charity, said: “I do not think it’s appropriate for any individual or group to promote the exploitation of women of any race”.
The BBC said: “A version of the track which did not meet our editorial standards was played on Asian Network produced shows, in error.”
“The song will not be played on any future shows.”
Harami was unbowed by the BBC “ban”. The artist posted images of news reports of the BBC response on his Instagram, commenting “Peak times” next to one.
The BBC has come under pressure to ban rap music, such as the popular drill genre, that promotes “gangster” lifestyles.
However the broadcaster must also take into account the expectations of listeners to late-night specialist music shows. The BBC needs to retain younger listeners who could otherwise get their fix of urban music, with boundary-pushing lyrics, from YouTube or pirate station