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Kenzo says books are irrelevant at UNMF: “I’m leading musicians not doctors”

President of the Uganda National Musicians Association (UNMF) Eddy Kenzo is unfazed by critics who think he is unqualified to lead musicians in the country on account of his lack of education.

Eddy Kenzo, President of the Uganda National Musicians Federation (Courtesy Photo)

Kenzo, real names Edrisa Musuuza, has been hailed for opening the platform that is hoped to bring together musicians from different associations in Uganda, to leverage their numbers and advance their interests in the industry, both at home and abroad.

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But in equal measure, he’s also faced nasty attacks from different corners, zeroing mostly on his leadership qualities.

Hitting back however, the singer who says he only studied up to Primary 3, told off the naysayers that “(academic) papers are not that important” when it comes to leading a group of musicians.

What matters most, he said, is a deep understanding of the industry, its challenges and opportunities as well as experience, which he has in plenty.

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I am not going to be leading doctors or teachers; I am just a leader of musicians. It cannot be about the books but the work”, Kenzo said while appearing on Galaxy FM.

Those who are so concerned should be talking about what I know. I am so knowledgeable when it comes to art and music; I am a producer, a writer, a performer and director,” he said.

When I start talking about music, you cannot doubt me. I am a person who can go and fill up stadiums in countries where they don’t even know what I am singing about. So, I think I am allowed to lead a musicians’ federation.

Besides, Kenzo says the federation has a secretariat which will handle the technical and complicated elements, while “we the bosses” do oversight.

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