The music sector has been challenged since 2023 began. From the freedom city stampede that claimed lives of ten people and saw the arrest of events promoter Abitex Musinguzi to URA issuing a directive and promoters price tagging artist.
Some of the musicians who would have been counting their profits from the events of 2022 have their minds back and forth, explaining to URA the reasons why they should not be taxed.
In a December newsletter titled Taxation of entertainment events, URA said that persons engaged in public entertainment must get TINs to enable onward collection of taxes. They included artistes, performers, authors, producers, promoters, event managers, recreational space owners, bar owners and hotel owners.
While they were in talks over the matter, promoter Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events slapped the internet with a document from National Promoters Association of Uganda which had new guidelines regarding how much should be paid to different artistes as booking fees in order to minimise the risks taken by the promoters in the business. The price tag led to the exchange of venom between musicians and promoters.
Born to serve, the troubles are not stopping them from performing to their fans’ expectations as some have already released new music projects while others are in studio ‘cooking’ using the best ingredients to come up with good music fit for both national and international fan bases.
Song bird Winnie Nwagi and Vyper Rankings started the year with the visuals of Take it slow, Pallaso dropped fire anthem and tonight featuring Dj Lito and Jackie Chandiru, Grenade official dropped Guluma and Waguza two days ago while Gravity Omutujju and Bebe Cool’s ballads will grace the radio waves come February 20223.