Many local and international events including sporting activities, concerts, festivals and music shows have been postponed and others canceled due to the outbreak of Corona Virus that is spreading Worldwide like wild fire.
First reported in Wuhan City in China late December 2019, the Corona Virus has spread all over the World with over 7,019 deaths and more than 73,000 infections registered in over 168 Countries.
The pandemic has affected most of the events that involve large gatherings, forcing authorities to cancel most of the events. We have taken keen interest on sporting events, festivals, concerts and music shows among others.
Internationally, the adverse impact of the virus on the gaming industry is quite apparent. Additionally, organized sporting events across the world have been cancelled as governments rush to enforce quarantine and isolation norms in the face of the pandemic.
Most of the top sports activities have been called off including The English Premier League, Laliga, Europa league and Copa del Rey final: Real Sociedad vs. Athletic Bilbao in Seville which had earlier on been scheduled for April 18 among others.
But besides the sports activities being affected, we have seen the Pandemic affect some of the World’s biggest festivals and music shows. In the US, concert tour dates throughout Asia and marathons in Rome have been cancelled as the only measure of preventing huge crowds from assemblage- an ideal environment for the virus to spread.
Uganda remains one of the few countries in the world with no reported case of the pandemic and it is for that reason that the country is taking strict measures possible to prevent the attack from the virus.
President Museveni, in his state of the nation address on Corona virus Wednesday, ordered closure of Schools, Churches and put a ban on travels in and out of the country.
In line to the President’s directive, we have seen most of the events which were slated for March and April, postponed and others canceled.
This has so far affected very many artists who had scheduled shows this month, betting companies and rendered the Punters, most of which are youths idle, as some of them have entirely been surviving on betting and would spend most of their time betting and keeping track of different sports actions among others.
Some of the top events affected include;
‘Isaiah Katumwa’ Concert
Unlike other events that have only been postponed as one of the measures to prevent Corona virus from entering Uganda, one of the biggest Jazz events ‘Isaiah Katumwa’ concert has been canceled.
According to the brains behind the event, the show will not be happening this year as a preventive measure for the pandemic.
Speaking to ChimpReports, Isaiah said this year’s episode was going to be yet another great experience to the Jazz, Soul music lovers as it was going to be headlined by one the greatest singers with songs topping the charts all over the World.
“Yes it is true, unfortunately, we have had to cancel one of what was going to be a very special one this year as the whole world is on hold and nervous about the pandemic.”
Katumwa declined revealing the singer who was going to headline this year’s edition but said it was going to be headlined by one of the Los Angeles Grammy award winning global legends.
Last year’s show featured Beninese talented Afro-Pop star Angelique Kidjo headlining the event alongside American Saxophonist Darren Rahn, Chris Lang and Isaiah Katumwa who put up an exciting show.
The annual ‘Isaiah Katumwa’ concert is held in commemoration of the international Jazz Day.
Uganda-France Friendship Week
The annual event that brings together two countries France and Uganda to celebrate their long-term friendship while observing the countries’ cultures and traditions was called off and information on when it will be happening will be revealed.
Eddy Kenzo Festival 2020
Singer Eddy Kenzo, real name Edrisah Musuuza has called off his much anticipated festival in 2020.
The event dubbed Eddy Kenzo Festival 2020 had earlier on been scheduled to happen on the 28th of March at Kololo Airstrip, but was called off following the president’s ban on public gatherings.
It is still not yet clear when the festival will be happening as the new date hasn’t been disclosed so far.
Blankets and Wine April Edition
The April 2020 edition of Blankets and Wine is on the list of large gatherings which Museveni banned from being carried out.
The ban starts Friday 20, to April 20,2020 and just in case there will be no case reported yet, businesses, music shows, schools, music concerts and festivals among others will resume.
Blankets and Wine, East Africa’s premier music experience designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music, will be featuring Nigerian singer Yemi Alade among other acts.
‘Tusker Malt Blankets and Wine’ was supposed to be held in April 19 at its home venue, Lugogo Cricket Oval, but from the look of things, it won’t be happening that day as Museveni’s directive stretches until April 20.
Tugende Mu Kikade
‘Tukende Mu Kikade’ is among the postponed music events. The event was slated for April 4 at Serena Hotel in Kampala.
‘Tugende mu ki kadde’ literally meaning ‘Back to the oldies,’ is an annual show which celebrates living music legends.
Last year’s edition saw legendary Raggae star Madoxx Sematimba, Angella Kalule, Chance Nalubega and Kadongo Kamu singer Willy Mukabya bring Serena down with exciting music performances.
This year’s edition will be headlined by Legendary Ragga, Raggae and Afro-beat singer Ragga Dee real name Daniel Kazibwe alongside Mariam Ndagire and Fred Sebaale among others.
‘Tugende Mu Kikade’ through their management posted on social media saying, “In light to the growing concerns around the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), The Annual Tugende Mu Kikadde management regrets to inform the general public that this year’s edition has been postponed to the foreseable future as a public health precautionary measure.
This was a difficult yet entirely necessary decision and we are sure you share in both our disappointment and understanding of why we had to postpone the event at such short notice,” read part of the notice.
The 3rd East African Congress of Accountants
Organized by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU), the 3rd East African Congress of Accountants (EACOA) which had been scheduled to take place from March 18 to 20, was postponed to a date yet to be identified.
For the case of betting, one would be tempted to ask, are crime rates not likely to shoot higher due to the fact that most of these youths are now left redundant? And another would be; who is going to implement this ban?
Well, time will tell, but all in all, line authorities will most likely have to step up their operations to ensure all is done according to the plan in this particular coronavirus pandemic craze.