This week, two new artistes’ associations namely Uganda Superstars Association (USA) and the Uganda Musicians Federation (UMF) were formed.
The formation of these associations is based on a claim that Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) will not represent their interests well when Operation Wealth Creation starts giving out money to artistes this year.
Veteran singer Ragga Dee, the head of the National Cultural Forum at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development this week warned artistes against forming and joining these associations.
“The motives of these associations are for selfish interests. There is no need to create other associations because UMA has capacity to manage artistes and their interests,” He said in an interview with Spark TV
He added that these associations are being formed because of the money that General Salim Saleh, the head of Operation Wealth Creation is going to give to artistes as part of his strategy to aid them because of the effects of Covid-19
Ddembe FM’s presenter and entertainment Journalist Kasuku says that the birth of these associations is a desperate measure by the so called big artistes to get quick money from the government
“These associations will die after they get the money. Chameleone and the artists that are following him are just after money. The elections left Chameleon broke and he is desperate for money as there are no concerts because Covid-19,” he said during an interview with “Live Wire”, an entertainment show on spark TV on Wednesday.
The President of the Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) singer Cindy Sanyu said artistes are free to belong to organizations of their choice because UMA doesn’t have control over them.
“UMA leadership is the most authentic artist’s association in Uganda as of now with membership of different artists from the different regions around Uganda and it’s the most credible association government is interested in working with,” She said during a meeting of artistes in Makindye on Wednesday afternoon.