KAMPALA – Celebrated singer and songwriter Sekyanzi Henry better known by his stage name Nince Henry has come out to lash at musicians who are claiming to be broke because of the current ban that was put on music concerts by the President as a measure to control the spread of Coronavirus.
The singer’s claims come in the time where a number of artists have been calling upon the government to bail them out with foodstuffs since their main source of income (concerts) had been halted.
Nince believes that every typical musician who is claiming to be broke because of the current suspension of events is just pretending. The singer is very certain that a musician who used to earn at least Ugx 3M a week and always had their music on rotation can’t convince him that he/she is too broke to look for sympathy for cash handouts.
“Those artists who are claiming to be broke are just cheats and liars. Let me tell you, an average person who earns at least U.S $200 a week (Ugx 800,000) then that means you’re not an average income earner,” he said.
The ‘Cinderella’ singer furthermore criticized such artists calling them cheats and liars who want to pretend to be very low-income earners.
“An average artist in the mainstream industry earns about Shs 3M a week because you find that person always having different gigs here and there. So such a person can’t tell me that they are broke because of just this short time lockdown,” he explained.
He described artists who claim to be broke as those who are suffering from the ‘begging syndrome’ and are always on the lookout for sympathy and cash handouts from fans and friends.
“Some of our artists have a begging syndrome, they fake being broke for sympathy and financial help yet they’re not starving at all.”