KAMPALA – Over 30 artists are scheduled to perform in an online concert set to happen this Friday as Uganda marks 58 years of Independence on 9, October, 2020.
This year’s independence celebrations will be held scientifically under the theme: ‘Uganda’s steady progress towards economic take off and self-sustaining economic growth.’
The music industry is one of the sectors that have been strongly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. When the president put out measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus, he said that all musical concerts and festivals were banned as it would be hard to observe social distancing while there in.
This followed the government and World Health Organisation (WHO) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of social distancing and regular washing of hands to curb the spread of the pandemic.
Since then, some creative artists like Kyadondo East legislator and presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine, Sheebah Karungi, Spice Diana, OS Suuna, put up online concerts to keep their fans entertained.
This was however not sustainable as they were not earning from the concert yet they were used to performing at a fee. The feel was also not the same as these were used to performing for audiences and not just cameras.
Although some also later got gigs to perform on the different TV stations weekend musical shows, they miss shows and continue to appeal to the government to open leisure centers like bars so they can perform again.
The concert dubbed “Connect Peace n Love” organized by events promoter Balunywa is set to be the first mega post lockdown major concert and it has Fenon Events on the production and entire set up.
The public will be able to watch it all online and on different Television stations like Spark TV, STV, NBS, BBSTV, Sanyuka TV among others.
Connect peace and Love will have 40 performers (musicians, DJs and Comedians)
According to promoter Balunywa, the idea behind the concert aside from setting the artists out of their lockdown is to preach Love and Peace amongst Ugandans who at the moment seem to have been torn into different political camps.
“Connect peace and love concert is going to aim at promoting Unity and remind Ugandans that despite the current hot political atmosphere, we are all Ugandan who deserve peace and harmony during after elections,” he explained.
Being a virtual show, MTN one of the main sponsors has pledged to give out 3 GB worth data starting from today to the D-day to enable its customers enjoy the show.
Movit will also have goodies for the first few people to watch the event on their Facebook page.
A statement by Ms Judith Nabakooba, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, indicates that during the Independence Day celebrations, a group of artistes have organised an online music show on Independence Day starting at 8pm.
“The show will have up to 40 different artists presenting to us about the love, peace and unity in the country. This message of peace is crucial for us especially during this time national elections,” Ms Nabakooba said.
She further called upon everyone to watch and enjoy the show.
“I call upon everyone to spare some data bundles and be able to follow this online performance under the name UG Connect for peace and love. It will also be broadcast live by different TV stations,” she added.