Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) president Cindy Sanyu has watered down allegations suggesting that they have joined the Eddy Kenzo-led Uganda National Musicians Federation (UNMF).
On Friday night, rumours started swirling on social media pointing out that UMA had succumbed to pressure and joined UNMF.
The rumour that was ignited by Spark Tv host Ibrah K Mukasa disclosed that Cindy and some of her subordinates including the UMA treasurer Big Eye Starboss made the decision following a six-hour meeting at the UNMF Offices in Mutundwe.
The hearsay further suggested that the meeting had senior representatives from National Cultural Forum (NCF), UPRS, and UNCC.
Upon crossing paths with the rumours that were spreading like wildfire, Cindy Sanyu was so quick to dispel them via her social media handles.
Cindy stated that although UMA has always desired to federate, the parameters of doing so are a problem.
She stated that UMA will not be joining the Uganda National Musicians Federation unless it offers favourable terms.
Let us not forget our allies eg Writers, producers, managers, publishers etc It would make more sense to federate according to the value chain and not only us Musicians.
Cindy, however, insisted that talks about joining UNMF are still underway and moving in the right direction. She promised to provide detailed updates once all was resolved.
As Uma, we have always wanted to federate but it is the terms of federating which are an issue. If the terms are favourable, Uma will federate but for now let no one fool you, Uma hasn’t joined the Uganda National Musicians Federation.
The music industry is huge and inclusiveness is important. Let us not forget our allies eg Writers, producers, managers, publishers etc It would make more sense to federate according to the value chain and not only us Musicians.
Discussions are ongoing and we’re working towards a positive result.
Mrs Cinderella Sanyu okuyo
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