In June, producer Ian Pro made the newspaper front page when his landlord evicted him from his rental leaving him homeless. He had accumulated rent due amounting to Shs9m.
However, though, he managed to clear some of the money off and his landlord allowed him to return and resume his work.
Ian thanked Jose Chameleone and his close friends from South Africa who made sure that he clears part of the arrears. On top of that help, he also got a loan of Shs1m from the Uganda Producers Associations.
Copyright issues in Uganda should be fixed
When asked to describe the Ugandan music industry, he defined it as ‘bogus’. He noted that the copyright issue in Uganda should be fixed with immediate effect as it is in other countries.
If this issue is not addressed, producers and other talented creatives who give a hand to artists are bound to remain broke forever whereas the artists enjoy the shine.
Ian Pro wouldn’t be facing eviction issues had he been in any other country that has active copyright laws, based on the hit songs he has produced.
“The Ugandan music industry is bogus. Look at all my fellow producers and those that we have worked for and see the huge difference between us and them. Recently, I traveled to South Africa, and I made a comparison between Ugandan music producers and those down there. I have a Nigerian friend of mine who told me that for the hit songs I have done here, in Nigeria, I would be very rich. I would be moving with bodyguards, driving posh cars but check how I look,” he said.
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