It is no longer news that the once powerful Eagles Production band has split. With media awash with stories of why the band has broken up, new twists keep emerging to the drama with observers castigating the band members(or rather former band members)for washing their dirty linen in public.
A new twist to this episode are allegations that Geoffrey Lutaaya, one of the founding members and Managing Director of Eagles’ production has warned the break-away faction not to perform any songs that were composed under the band because they are copyrighted to it.
The Golden Band in Copyright Quagmire
This comes after Golden Band, the newly formed(or rebranded) band, started booking and advertising for shows scheduled for Easter holidays in and around Kampala. The breakaway faction of Eagles’ production which includes Ronald Mayinja, Mesach Ssemakula, Fred Sserugga, Grace Ssekamatte, Catherine Kusaasira, Doreen Mutiibwa, Maureen Nantume, and Stecia Mayanja are embroiled in a bitter split over what some tabloids have referred to as sex scandals, social networks and greed. However Ronald Mayinja in an interview with a daily newspaper claims that the band broke up four years ago over disagreements related to director’s shares and remuneration of band members. They accuse their former leader Lutaaya and his wife Irene Namatovu, also a band member, of greed and using band resources to fund their wedding and personal projects.
The group then had meetings in which they resolved to re-brand and start a new life with new code of conduct and strict regulations for members. They also agreed to revise their benefit terms to favour all members and not only the leaders. They have booked many shows countering those that were originally booked under Eagles production. However Lutaya, quoting sections of the copy rights governing the Band and members, says though individual members composed the songs, they were under Eagles’ Production to which they are copyrighted and therefore cannot be performed under a different band
Balaam sues Band
Promoter Balaam Barugahare is now demanding Sh320m from Eagles production in compensation for shows slated for the Easter weekend in April which appear to be in jeopardy following the split. Balaam insists all members of Eagles’ Production are bound by the sh100m deal Lutaaya signed on their behalf something the Golden Band members have denied and are now contesting as they engage their lawyers for a legal battle about to unfold. We’ll keep you posted on new developments.