KAMPALA – A group of artists have hit the studio and recorded a song calling upon the president to open entertainment centers and bars so they can start working again.
The song dubbed ‘Mzeei Tutte’ is a project that was initiated by White House Music Boss OS Suuna. According to Suuna, he looked for a suitable way to relay a message to the president and the studio was all he could think of.
The ‘Mzeei Tute’ project outlines the grievances of the artists amid this lockdown. Different artists on the project sing about their experience as the arts industry is still under lockdown and call out the president to intervene by opening the arts.
Among the artists on the project is Sir Mesach Semakula, Moses Matovu, Carole Kasiita, Fred Sebatta, Felicita da Superstar, Haruna Mubiru, Mary Bata, Gerald Kiweewa, Nandujja, Kabako, Ziza Bafana, Betty Mpologoma, Grace Khan, Chris Evans, and Victor Kamenyo among others. Comedians also include Taata Sam and Amooti.
Earlier on singer Pius Mayanja also came out and called upon the Ministry of Health to set people free. The ‘Malamu’ singer said he is certain that with such big numbers being collected at the political rallies, Coronavirus can easily spread to all ages faster than in a bar or at a concert.
“Let’s stop being so selfish. These political rallies and campaigns will spread the coronavirus to all ages faster than any bar or concert will. Please set us free, it’s about all of us,” he posted.
Pallaso’s request to permit bars and concerts to operate is in addition to the number of artistes who have come out publicly to demand the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions in the arts industry.
It is without a doubt the music industry is one of those sectors that have been hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. Despite the hardships that have as well hit many artists this year, quite a number of them did not sit back and sulk but adjusted and adapted to the situation.
Some creative artists like Kyadondo East legislator and presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine, Sheebah Karungi, Spice Diana, OS Suuna, put up online concerts to keep their fans entertained.
This was however not sustainable as they were not earning from the concerts yet they were used to performing for a fee. The feel was also not the same as these were used to performing for audiences and not just cameras.