By Hussein Kiganda
Ugandan award-winning singer Eddy Kenzo(real name Edrisa Musuuza) is not taken up by the global hype offered to Nigerian artists recently.
Kenzo reasons that this is just a season that will soon end. He alluded the hype to that of the Congolose and Jamaicans in the 1990s and 2000s.
“They are trending in the whole world because that’s how their music is performing. It’s just their season, and we shall also get ours. There were different seasons like that of the Congolese and Jamaicans,” he said.
On the issue of promoters paying huge amounts of money to Nigerians when they come to Uganda, the “weekend” hitmaker said it’s okay for them to be paid well because they invest so much money in their music.
“Nigerians invest so much money in their music and promotion. They have agents here and they pay deejays to play their music,” he observed.
Hinting at Kizz Daniels’ failure to perform in Kenya, Kenzo advised that artists should always think of their fans first and not money. He stressed that fans spend too much money and time to turn up forsake, so they should always perform even if there is less money.
“I have also gone through such situations where an events promoter disappears and refuses to pay you. For me, I just have to perform for my fans because I value them more than anything else because they are the ones that made me. Those people come from far, pay so much money and sacrifice their time to come and see you. They even don’t know the promoter. So if you do not perform, you are hurting them, not the promoter,” he said.
Kenzo’s “Eddy Kenzo Festival” is closing in. It is tipped to happen in November 2022.