President Yoweri Museveni will meet Uganda musicians in a retreat mid next month.
The three day retreat is aimed at finding ways of solving problems in the music Industry.
The meeting is expected to take place either at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi or in Bwebajja along Entebbe Road.
Their will also be discussions on how best to utilise the Shs18 billion allocated to the arts industry in the national budget last July.
For months now, reps of musicians have been regularly meeting Gen. Salim Saleh, Maj Gen Elly Kayanja and Culture and Gender state minister Hon Peace Mutuuzo Regis to organise the retreat that is expected to be a game changer in the music industry.
But who are the musical brains behind the retreat?
Today, we profile the men and women in the music industry behind this retreat;
Known mainly as Ragga Dee, he is also nicknamed Jaja Wabayimbi.
Ragga Dee is a veteran musician and has over 200 award nominations across the Globe.
With over 50 accolades won among the above nominations, Ragga Dee is a Ugandan music legend.
He has over 35 years experience of practice in the music industry, cutting across three generations but still standing.
He has above 500 songs released and unreleased to his name, with over 25 platinum hit singles.
He is an upright citizen of Uganda and professional in the sector.
His intellect and experience is very key to this venture.
Emma Carlos Mulondo
Emma Carlos is a renowned Talent Manager and founding Chairperson of Uganda Talent Managers Association – UTAMA.
He is a self made copyright activist.
Between 2003 to 2009, he was the technical and operationsmanager for PAM Awards, one of the biggest entertainment events then on Uganda’s social calendar.
Between 2009 to 2017, he managed award winning musicians like PhinaMugerwa, Coco Finger, Kalifah AgaNaga and Mowzey Radio and Weasel.
Following Radio’s death in 2017, he has been offering consultancy services to entertainment based clients.
His expertise is key to this venture.
He is an acclaimed Gospel artist.
He is the Vice President of Federation of Gospel Performing Artsis of Uganda – FGAU and the
National Coordinator for artistes’ Labor Union.
Wisdom is one the aggressive and key lobbyists that have for years been actively involved in processes geared to streamlining the creative industry. He is widely travelled making him an asset to this venture.
Sseruwagi is the General Secretary of the National Union of Creative, Performing Artists and Allied Workers – NUCPAAW with over 35 Federations and Associations affiliated to it.
For over 15 years she has lobbied for the interests of workers in the Creative Industry. She was recently on Hero’s Day celebration 2019 awarded a medal for her distinguished service by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Her participation and input shall guarantee artists’ confidence.
She is the Public Relations Officer – PRO Uganda Music Publishers Association – UMPA
and a member of Artists Labor Union.
For over 20 years through her company X-Zone International, Molly has bought and published over 40 music albums.
This process of buying and selling albums involves identifying potential talent and hit material before the market does.
She has worked closely with almost all top music managers, radio stations and top talent. Her experience is also paramount to this venture.
He is a member of Artists Labor Union and an Information Technology (IT) specialist.
Muhumuza is a key member of the retreat set for next month.