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Unlocking International Borders; Brian Weiyz Reflects On The Challenges Facing Ugandan Music

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Uganda, a country with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant music scene, has long been a hotbed of talent, producing artists with exceptional skills and creativity. However, despite its potential, the Ugandan music industry has struggled to break through international borders.

In a recent interview with renowned Ugandan media personality and TV host, Faridah Nakazibwe, RnB artist, songwriter, and graphics designer Brian Weiyz, popularly known as Kaganda Brian, shed light on some of the factors that have hindered Ugandan music from achieving global recognition.

One of the crucial aspects that Brian Weiyz highlighted during his conversation with Faridah Nakazibwe was the language barrier. Drawing a comparison to the Nigerian music industry, Weiyz acknowledged that Nigeria boasts numerous languages, but it has successfully leveraged English as a lingua franca to gain global appeal. English serves as a unifying force that enables Nigerian artists to communicate their art effectively to a broader audience beyond their linguistic boundaries.

Brian Weiyz and Faridah Nakazibwe
Brian Weiyz and Faridah Nakazibwe

On the other hand, Weiyz noted that Uganda’s focus on localizing its music has inadvertently limited its reach. While there is no denying the beauty and value of Ugandan languages, embracing English as a common language of expression could enable Ugandan musicians to overcome the language barrier and connect with a more diverse audience worldwide.

Weiyz’s observation about Ugandan music’s tendency to localize its art raises important questions about striking a balance between cultural preservation and global appeal. Embracing one’s roots and cultural heritage is a vital aspect of music creation, and it is something that Ugandan artists excel at. Their ability to infuse traditional elements into modern genres has given Ugandan music its distinct flavor.

However, in an increasingly interconnected world where music transcends borders, artists need to find ways to make their music more accessible to a global audience without compromising their artistic integrity. Exploring a fusion of local and global sounds, incorporating English lyrics or bilingual compositions, and adapting to international music trends while maintaining a unique identity could be potential strategies to bridge the gap.

Also read; There Is Need For A Music Language In Uganda: Big Tril Affirmed

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