It has been a long journey to get the right committee of the Uganda Musicians Association. However, we can confirm that one is up and running following its swearing in ceremony and launch of offices at National Theatre, Kampala on Wednesday afternoon the 29th of May
The idea of the Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) was birthed in November 2017 with an intention of solving the problems local musicians face in the music industry. From that time, things have not been clear especially after Swangz Avenue’s boss Julius Kyazze who appointed as the association’s chairperson stepped down over unclear reasons.
For a couple of months, the process of getting a right committee to push this association, as well as securing offices have been in cooking and as we speak, everything is clear and artistes can begin registering as members in the UMA
The swearing in ceremony and launch of the offices was attended by some of the local artistes, music promoters, Djs, MCs among others, who came to witness the committee members take oaths ready to take on their duties
“We have moved hills together but we have mountains ahead of us and we cannot climb them when we are not together. I ask us to be united and I can assure you that we shall make it” The UMA president, singer Sophie Gombya said after swearing in.
Sophie also promised that the association will head regional to engage the non Kampala based musicians as well
The vice president UMA Ykee Benda also asked for unity among the artistes. “We need to unite and have a strong bargaining power. Individualism will only destroy us one by one. Our industry is so talented but lacks the solidarity to push for reforms”
Apart from the local artistes, in attendance was also the UMA patron Captain Mike Mukula, State Minister for Tourism and Wildlife Hon Godfrey Kiwanda and Andrew Benon Kibuuka the Uganda Performing Rights Society president
“This association is going to grow from strength to strength and this is just the beginning. What we like to appeal is that the Uganda Musicians Association continues with the unity and strength they have been able to demonstrate and they will beat the Nigerians and South Africans because Ugandans are talented” Captain Mike Mukula the UMA Patron said
Mukula also talked about the issue of copyright which he promised to strongly follow up so that a strong law on copyright is enforced. He assured artistes that they are not going to continue getting no value for their music yet they spend too much money in production
Here is how it went down through the lens