Aroma Uganda, the promising songster from Uganda, has expressed her disappointment and embarrassment towards the newly formed Uganda National Musician Federation (UNMF). According to Aroma, the UNMF is being led by old musicians who have been in the game for a long time, leaving out the young generation. She argues that the new federation should have representatives from both old and young generations to promote inclusivity and diversity.
The UNMF, led by President Eddy Kenzo and Vice Presidents Sheebah Karungi, Pallaso, and Juliana Kanyomozi, includes other leaders such as Bebe Cool, Nina Roz, Daddy Andre, and Silver Kyagulanyi. While the federation’s formation was a step in the right direction towards promoting the interests of Ugandan musicians, Aroma believes that the leadership structure is biased and does not represent the interests of the young generation.
In a statement, Aroma Uganda said, “So this new artists group UNMF all of it is full of old artists. So, who is going to talk for us the young generation because we are the future? Imagine, some of them ignore us on normal occasions when contacted what of this opportunity that now involves cash.”
Aroma’s sentiments are shared by many young musicians in Uganda who feel that they are being left out of important discussions that affect their careers. The music industry in Uganda has grown significantly over the years, with young musicians making a name for themselves both locally and internationally. However, they still face numerous challenges, including lack of support and recognition from the older generation.
As a promising young musician herself, Aroma’s concerns are legitimate and should be taken seriously by the UNMF leadership. The federation’s objective should be to promote the interests of all musicians, regardless of their age or level of experience. This can only be achieved by having a leadership structure that is diverse and inclusive.