Music critics and analysts have singled out the copy and paste culture of music production as the main reason why Ugandan artists are far from the dream of winning international music awards like Grammy’s and others.
Entertainment critic and radio presenter Eddy Sendi recently said that the main reason why our dear artists do not get nominated for these awards is that our music is made from samples of Jamaican beats and this trend has killed the music industry.
“Most of the music done in Uganda has copy-right issues. It is copied and pasted from different works of other musicians in Jamaica and Nigeria. As a result, these songs cannot be nominated for any international award because it lacks originality and authenticity,” he said.
Speaking at different radio and Television shows after the Grammy Awards were held this year, Sendi said it is high time artists start composing songs using our traditional sounds because Uganda has many cultures that have good music leads.
According to Reggae Artiste and Producer TshakaMayanja, Uganda doesn’t have a music industry that can enable artists to win international accolades.
“We just have a music society but not an industry. An industry is something that regulated by the state and other agencies to make sure that music revenue and professionalism is adhered to,” he said during an interview with NBS after 5 recently.
Recently, Nigerian artists Burna Boy and Wiz kid won awards at the 2021 Grammys.
He won the Best Global Music Album category while Wizkid won the Best Music Video for his song with Beyoncé; Brown Skin Girl, from Lion King: The Gift album.
The 63rd Grammy Awards was held in Los Angeles Convention Center California,USA under theme “music’s biggest night” despite having no fans in attendance due to the Covid 19 social distancing and lock down rules Imposed by the governor of the state.
Other acts like got nominated were Ugandan-UK Based singer Michael Kiwanuka.He was nominated for his “Best Rock Album”
US-born Ugandan jazz vocalist Laura Kabasomi Kakoma was also nominated for the Best Jazz Vocal category.
Though there’s no cash prize attached to the Grammy’s and other international awards, these accolades are used to recognize artists and encourage them to do better records hence adding value to their works.