‘I am a member, but I’m clueless’ - Carol Nantongo on Kenzo-led Federation

Carol Nantongo said she is a member of the Uganda National Musicians Federation (UNMF) but she is yet to understand what it's about.

Sheebah, Kenzo, Carol Nantongo

Nantongo said she's only attended one meeting since the association was formed.

That she wasn't even around when they were electing leaders.

"I wasn't there on voting day... I also need someone to explain to me what's going on... also need to learn and understand," she said, advising news corps who were pestering her about the Federation to talk to the leaders.

The Federation is led by Eddy Kenzo as president and he is deputised by Sheebah Karungi as the first vice president.

Pallaso is the second vice president and Juliana Kanyomozi is the third vice president.

The Finance Committee is led by Bebe Cool, Research & Development is overseen by Daddy Andre, PR & Communications is headed by Phina Masanyalaze, Special Interest groups issues will be addressed by Moses Matovu and the Committe on Compliance & Regulation is led by Silver Kyagulanyi.

It's a huge committee and more leaders are being picked as the Federation wants countrywide representation.

Its formation has attracted mixed reactions.

Some musicians like King Saha, Big Eye and John Blaq have already protested the leadership, saying there is a lack of professionalism. Blaq said it reminded him of high school cliques, as it was the selective invitation of musicians with sway and clout in the country.

Some observers have said they picked big figures in the industry for future political moves as the government may want to use them to fight Bobi Wine.

There was a hint at this when music promoter Balaam Barugahara noted that Gen. Salim Saleh, President Yoweri Museveni's brother, had a hand in its formation.

In his first statement to the media, Kenzo said the Federation is a collaborative effort of musicians, industry stakeholders, and the Ugandan government to unify the music industry in Uganda.

According to him, the Federation brings together all associations in the industry under one umbrella, promoting growth, collaboration, and unity among musicians and stakeholders.

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