Finally, Ugandan musicians might have found a lasting solution to their problems in the Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) which was enacted with new leaders in May 2019.
The top leaders including; Sophie Gombya, Phina Mugerwa, Bushingtone, Justin Bas, Renah Nalumansi, Big Eye Starboss, King Micheal, visited the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga’s office to raise the top issues artistes face in the country.
Rubaga South Member of Parliament Kato Lubwama was also present at the meeting as several issues were discussed in representation of the musician’s fraternity.
Among the issues fronted in the meeting, the association leaders requested the Speaker of Parliament to help address their differences with rival group; the Uganda Performing Rights Society.
They stated that the UPRS ‘steals’ money from them pretending to be helping the artistes as they collect funds as copyright enforcers of their content.
The UMA also wants the Speaker to table talks with telecommunications companies over the money given to artistes which is collected through the ‘Caller Tunes’. The artistes feel cheated and demand for more money.
Several other issues were discussed in the meeting and the artistes left with smiles on their faces and big hopes that their voices have finally found the right channel to solve their grievances.
Do you believe that the UMA has got what it takes to solve the long term problems in the music industry?