The care takers of the Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS) have expressed concern about the rate at which artists and musicians have turned a deaf ear towards the activities of their umbrella Association.
Addressing the press at the UPRS offices in Bukoto Kampala, Kabiito Karamagi, the outgoing care taker of the association revealed that he was surprised last week when majority of the artists failed to turn up for their special General Meeting, well knowing that the outcomes affect them directly.
He, however, blamed the low turn up on lack of enough knowledge about the modern technology used (Zoom) as well as the unaffordable data costs for some artists considering the lockdown effect on their source of income.
“There is no way we can hold a physical meeting in this covid-19 period of social distancing, we can’t afford to hire the required space for all members. The virtual meeting was organized after a court ruling which gave us a go ahead,” said Karamaji.
The meeting has been extended to Tuesday October 13, 2020, and Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB), the regulator, has promised data for all artists to ensure that none is left behind.
Wycliff Tugume aka Ykee Benda the President Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) asked fellow artist who have not registered with UPRS to do it as soon as possible so that they can be part of the beneficiaries of its achievement.
“Let’s turn up in large numbers for the meeting next week, let us contest and vote the leaders of our choice. It will be absurd for a person who didn’t vote to complain about the new leadership,” Benda said.
Daniel Kazibwe aka Ragga Dee, a veteran musician applauded UPRS and the proprietors for their transparency which prevented them from organizing a General meeting without a quorum.
“Let us all attend the next meeting so that we can receive a report from the care takers as well as be sensitized on how to stir the music Industry to another level,” Ragga Dee said.
He added that he acquired his wealth from his music talent so it makes him sad to see poor talented individuals who have not benefited from their sweat.
The press briefing attracted key players in the sector like Mercy Kainobwisho, URSB Director of Intellectual Property, Wycliff Tugume aka Ykee Benda the President Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) and many others.
Since the suspension of James Wasula, the then Chief Executive Officer of UPRS together with Dickson Matovu the Compliance officer in 2019 over allegations of mismanagement of funds, the body was put under care takers to come up with a clear report concerning its operations.