Sunday, November 18 2012
Back in the days, it used to be Congolese Music or Lingala being played in clubs, radio and TV stations but local artistes were able to drive them out to the extent that if any of them dared to stage a show, they could get a feel of what it means to perform to empty chairs.
In the last decade or so, local artistes have been enjoying the limelight with clubs playing more of local music than foreign music, Telecom and Beer companies sponsoring their album launches. This was the time when Chameleone's husky voice and Moze Radio's voice could make fans faint.
This has long changed to the extent that big artistes are not getting the required numbers attending their shows something that has equally put them on pressure that all they can do is to engage in petty squabbles to remain relevant.
Music pundits attribute this change to the fact that our artistes are too busy either performing at bars throughout the week, staging concerts here and there and performing at parties let alone corporate functions. In most cases they leave when they are knackered.
Now with that cycle, one wonders what time is accorded to compose meaningful music like it was the case ten years back. Event managers are quite aware of this and they have acted swiftly and turned to international artistes to bridge the gap.
Judy Boucher, Azonto, Sisqo, DeMarco, Wayne Wonder, Konshens and just recently Sean Paul have performed in Kampala. Its important to note that some of the shows terribly flopped but just as well, that would have been money being spent on a local artiste.
International artistes yet to come to Uganda around Christmas season include P-Square (Dec 21) and two days later, Chris Brown will follow. Mavado and Kirk Franklin are also expected.
Most of the top artistes from Jamaica like Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Sean Kingston and Elephant Man among others have already performed here and what is left is recycling them. We could see this trend changing and artistes like Mampi from Zambia of the Swililili fame will end up staging shows in Uganda.
There is need to improve the quality of the Ugandan music especially for the big names in the industry otherwise focused artistes like Maurice Kirya are slowly but surely claiming their positions.
Rema Namakula's 30th birthday celebration in Dubai
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