KAMPALA – Ever since the 2020 AFRIMMA nomination list was released, talk has been all over social media of how Ugandans should instead vote for Diamond Platinumz in the category of Best Male East African act he is sharing with Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo.
The Big Talent Boss who also doubles as Uganda’s Tourism Ambassador has however come out to tell such kinds of people that he is not at any one time moved by the scare.
“I have many AFRIMMA’s, I think ever since they started in 2014 I have been nominated up to date. Whether I win or Diamond does, it is all East Africa. We have been winning this category with Diamond concurrently over the years, I am happy that other artists like Harmonize have come up too in the category,” he shared.
According to him, such kinds of people he believes are from different camps and groups that have DE campaigned him over time.
“If you have been very kin you will know that this has not been the first time. They have been DE campaigning me right from the time I won the BET Award. This time around they are just clamping on the political atmosphere because they had never had a reason to DE campaign me. They were just hiding in artist groups in the past but now you can’t come out and say that you are from such and such a musical camp to fight because it is shameful,” he says.
According to Kenzo, a nomination alone in AFRIMMA is a win because it means one has been chosen out of the many. Then winning and taking the award home is another win. He says that he is blessed that his dreams come true when he is still alive.
“I started with Ghetto kids and we inspired many groups of young people. Right now seeing Masaka Kids achieving this nomination shows that we have fully succeeded because any successful person without a successor is a failure.”
The tourism ambassador also commented on the Uganda Performing Right Society’s (UPRS) proposals saying art has gotten a lot of successful people who do not even have degrees and they have succeeded a lot compared to those that have them.
“The music industry should be run by people in the art sector itself. You cannot bring academic documents in art. Art is art, it is creativity which is not studied. Creativity is God given, it is a gift, and it is talent. People can only be qualified by talent to show the brick they have added onto the industry, not academic credentials, that is what art is all about,” he explained.
He further shed some light on UCC’s proposal to regulate bloggers and vloggers saying it will be a good move to crack the whip on those that have made it a habit of spreading vulgar content online.
“There are bloggers who spread the right information but there are those that have been noticeable putting out vulgar content. These need to be surely questioned honestly speaking. This is Uganda, a country of culture and morals, this is Africa.”