KAMPALA – Gagamel International singer Moses Ssali alias Bebe Cool has defended the price tag of Ugx 600m that was tagged on him in a list that trended on social media where a group of artists were requesting for a stimulus fund from Operation Wealth Creation (OWC).
For the past three weeks, headlines have been dominated by the Gulu retreat where many artistes, deejays, producers, and promoters met with the OWC boss, Gen. Salim Saleh.
Away from the issues pivotal for the development of the entertainment industry that the artists discussed with Gen Saleh, the artistes were accused of fronting their personal interests and greed.
A list was then leaked showing amounts of money that each artiste from the Uganda Music Superstars Association allegedly wanted to receive from OWC.
Bebe Cool’s name was on the list with a price tag of Ugx600m. The list raised eyebrows with critics questioning how the artistes reached to such sums.
During a talk show on a local TV station, the ‘Ntuyo zange’ singer shared that before Covid-19 struck, he used to make over Shs300m from a single show.
Bebe revealed that his Easter festival organised at Kiwatule Recreation Centre used to generate over Shs300m in a single day.
“People criticizing us don’t know much about the industry. I get 300m from a single concert in a single day at Kiwatule.
You cannot say I don’t deserve 600m. I would have earned that money in a few days during normal times,” Bebe Cool noted.
The ‘Nsilikamu’ singer is also one of the few local artistes that used to sign lucrative endorsement deal with top companies.
He argued that with such income, the Shs600m that was tagged to his name was worthy.