Eddy Kenzo’s recent meeting with President Museveni has ignited controversy within Uganda’s music industry, echoing a historical trend of artists seeking presidential audiences for industry-related issues.
While Kenzo emphasized the urgent need to amend the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act 2006, critics question the sincerity of his advocacy, citing a potential focus on personal interests.
Kenzo’s social media post highlighting his faction within the Uganda National Musicians Federation raised concerns about self-centered leadership.
Critics argue that addressing copyright alone neglects broader challenges across artistic domains, urging a comprehensive approach for the entire creative industry.
The National Culture Forum (NCF) executive secretary, Emma Carlos Mulondo, emphasizes that Kenzo’s focus on copyright undermines contributions from various players in the music value chain.
The ongoing struggle for leadership and recognition within the music industry has witnessed clashes between factions led by Kenzo and songstress Cinderella Sanyu.
Controversy deepened as speculation arose about government financial support, with Shs18 billion earmarked for UNMF’s Sacco.
The Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) led a coalition petitioning President Museveni to reconsider the fund distribution, advocating for a fair allocation across all music associations.
Kenzo’s meeting and the proposed allocation have raised questions about potential politicization and concerns that the funds may limit artists’ creative freedom.
Music analyst Yekolera Itongwa suggests that the government’s involvement lacks good faith, using artists without a genuine commitment to their interests.
The broader struggle for leadership, recognition, and meaningful progress in Uganda’s music industry remains dynamic and complex, with Kenzo’s efforts sparking debates about the industry’s future.