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Brief Analysis Of The Ugandan Music Industry In The Last 10 years

Brief Analysis Of Ugandan Music Industry In The Last 10 years

Now, the Ugandan music industry has been vibrant and influential in the social and economic lives of many people. Popular musicians are the biggest local celebrities and have used their influence to relay messages and encourage change.

The industry has also seen a growth in modern audio production and the adoption of western music styles like Dancehall and Hip Hop and other genres.

The industry has been shaped by various factors, such as the diversity of ethnic groups and tribes. This formed the basis of indigenous music. For example; the legacy of Kadongo Kamu style of music that arose out of traditional Kiganda music.

The influence of legendary artists like Philly Lutaaya who released popular albums in the late 80s, Afrigo Band, Herman Basudde etcetera. Then there is the emergence of new genres like afro ragga or Kidandali in the early 90s by artistes like Rasta Rob, Kid Fox, Ras Khan, Shanks Vivid, Ragga Dee, Bebe Cool, Bobi Wine and Jose Chameleone.

The industry has also faced some challenges. The major one here is the effects of globalization that have exposed Ugandan music to competition from other African and international markets.

Several music styles have come up in the last 10 years; the popular Afrobeats, the South African Amapiano. There is also a modern Bongo flavour from Tanzania with Diamond Platinumz championing it among others.

Another problem is the lack of adequate copyright protection and administration by the Uganda Performing Rights Society. Then the political and social instability that have sometimes affected the freedom of expression and creativity of musicians.

Despite these challenges, the industry has also witnessed some achievements, such as the recognition and awards received by some Ugandan artists in international platforms like the Black Entertainment Television, among others. The expansion and diversification of the market for Ugandan music through online platforms like YouTube by DJs like Erycom. There is also collaboration and exchange of ideas and skills with other African and global artists. We have seen the rise of artists such as Fik Fameica, Popular Swangz Avenue singers like Azawi, Winnie Nwagi, Vinka etc. The same 10 years have also seen long-performing artists fade away, even though they are still influential. These include Bebe Cool, Bobi Wine, Chameleone, Juliana Kanyomozi, Irene Namubiru, Cindy, Jackie Chandiru and others.

In conclusion, the Ugandan music industry has been dynamic and resilient in the last 10 years. It has contributed to the cultural and artistic development of Uganda.

It has also represented Uganda’s identity and diversity on the global stage. The industry still has room for improvement and innovation to overcome its challenges and achieve its full potential.

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William is the Chief Editor at Newslex Point. He is a creative writer who enjoys exploring new ideas in the journalism space. A good story, he believes, comes with a great deal of research. Coffee and books are his good friends.

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