In a scene reminiscent of Mobutu’s Zaire, where musicians sang praises for political gain, President Museveni of Uganda has graciously promised to keep the music playing for his supporting artists. At the grand launch of the “Museveni Awooma” album held at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds, the President showered praise on the song, which apparently outlines his supposed achievements in various sectors. It’s essential to mention that the song’s composer, Emma Nsereko, or Munamasaka, as he likes to be called, hails from Masaka District.
The President, with a poker face that would put even the most skilled of politicians to shame, declared, “We are going to give them [musicians] funds and equipment.” But the baffling question that keeps everyone guessing is, why can’t these musicians just work together? So, he’s planning a meeting to make them agree, possibly over a cup of tea and some catchy campaign tunes.
He even floated the idea of a common studio facility, a place where all musicians could record their music for a fee, because apparently, unity is key when singing praises to the powers that be. He exclaimed, “I’m very happy with the talent of singing by our bazukulu (youth) including Munamasaka and others. Go ahead. We shall support you.” Of course, because nothing supports a political regime better than a catchy tune and a beat you can dance to.
The President is not just a patron of the arts; he’s also a champion of intellectual property. Yes, he promised to strengthen the Copyright law to protect the precious works of these artistes. It’s heartwarming to know that while the country grapples with various issues, our leader is prioritizing the safeguarding of song lyrics.
In a sudden burst of economic wisdom, the President advised the youth not to put all their eggs in the musical basket. He suggested they explore other sectors, such as agriculture, industries, and technology, to alleviate poverty. Who would’ve thought?
President Museveni lauded Munamasaka for his dual role as a singer and a teacher, exemplifying how to contribute to the nation’s wealth. Indeed, the question of the day is, “Where is your address?” Because clearly, if you’re not singing praises to the ruling party, you might as well be invisible.
Munamasaka, the star of the show, praised the President for his support, both financial and musical studio related. He also pledged to continue using his music to combat negative messages, presumably while singing boring songs about government accomplishments.
Meanwhile, Ms. Minsa Kabanda, the Minister for Kampala Capital City Authority and Metropolitan Affairs, shared her concerns about the party’s diminishing support in Kampala due to “intrigue” among NRM supporters. It seems the competition among supporters for the President’s attention is as fierce as a rap battle.
In an interesting turn of events, some party members allegedly tried to sabotage the album launch because they feared Munamasaka would draw a larger crowd and gain more favor with the President.
The “Museveni Awooma” album launch was a spectacular display of political support cleverly disguised as musical appreciation. If you ever find yourself yearning for the good old days of Mobutu’s Zaire, fear not, for Uganda seems to be staging a revival, one catchy tune at a time.