By Clive Mwesigye
The Save UG music campaign has taken a fresh twist.
Musicians have called for a boycott of local television network, NTV, whose staffers they allege charge them hefty sums of money to play their music.
Most of them consented to boycott the channel in a WhatsApp group, which was started a couple of months ago to promote the interests of their campaign, among them; securing an enormous percentage of airplay on electronic media channels.
According to a snitch in the group, Eddy Kenzo and Gravity are on the fore front of this boycott.
“Most musicians accuse Selector Jay and the producer of ‘NTV the Beat’ for asking for bribes, yet even after submitting, their songs are not given desired priority,” our snitch reveals.
When contacted, Douglas Lwanga who hosts ‘NTV the Beat’ said: “I woke up to those claims this morning, but I think some of the musicians have personal grudges with the DJ’s at the station and the producer.”
He added: “We are looking into things and we are going to iron out the differences.”
Gravity was uncharitable when we sought his comment, he told us to contact the group administrators.
“Why are you asking nonsense? Why don’t you call me when there is something good to write about?” he fumed and clicked off.
The Save UG music campaign was started by music giant, Jose Chameleone
It is, however, mostly viewed by many observers as a war against James Wasula’s Uganda Performing Rights Society, a body they accuse of exploiting them.
Not long ago, a meeting was convened at Laftaz bar, Kampala where a committee of five was selected to spear head the campaign.
Swangz Avenue’s Julius Kyazze was voted Chairman, while NTV’s Douglas Lwanga was elected, treasurer.
Top on their agenda, they wanted UPRS dissolved. A petition was signed by artistes present to that effect.