Gagamel International boss Bebe Cool real name Moses Ssali has shown interest in a music battle with fellow singer Jose Chameleone.
A few days back, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa revealed how he relished a live performance battle between Jose Chameleone and Bebe Cool before vowing to support whoever orchestrated the event.
“I am relishing a live performance battle between these two titans of Uganda’s music industry. Whoever can organize it has my full support.-Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa-
Earlier today, Bebe Cool took to Facebook and appreciated the Deputy Speaker for showing interest in a music battle between him and Jose Chameleone.
Bebe Cool went on to reveal that a music battle between him and the Leone Island Music boss would tremendously impact their respective music camps, as well as the music industry as seen in his attached lengthy post below;
Right Honorable Deputy Speaker, I would like to appreciate you for showing interest in a music battle between Jose Chameleone and I.
A little rewind…
Yesterday, D/Speaker Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa tweeted that he relished a live music performance battle between two Ugandan music titans, Jose Chameleone and I (Bebe Cool).
Before I go any further, I would like to inform Ugandans that if Chameleone and I, and the musicians before us like Philly Bongole Lutaaya, Elly Wamala, Elvis Basudde etc, have managed to elevate music in Uganda to a fully-fledged money-making industry for both formal and informal Ugandans, we can do much with full direct financial support from government.
And government backing can be in different fronts, music battles (in this case mine and Chameleone) one of them.
Back to the D/Speaker’s post….
His tweet received mixed reactions from tweeps, with some condemning him. This will be my focus today.
Some people have called him out to focus on advocating more on the ‘open gate of a stand alone performing arts industry with a fully functional copyright law.’
These argued that with a fully functional copyright law, the arts industry can generate immense revenue.
This is so true.
But let me take this opportunity to remind the public that on 20 Jul 2022, Member of Parliament Hon. Hillary Kiyaga (Dr. Hilderman) was granted leave of Parliament to introduce the copyright bill titled, The Copyright and Neighbouring Rights (Amendment) Bill. Soon, this bill will be in Parliament.
I hope the copyright issue is clearer for everyone now.
Back to the battle
A music battle between Chameleone and I is one the whole country would relish. It’s a big deal.
And this would be a reaffirmation and confirmation that government is always willing to support talent in Uganda.
We are big brands and government support to our music battle would go miles to assure young Ugandans emerging in the talent industries (arts and sport) that these are full time jobs that government takes serious.
Governments in Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania have directly supported musicians.
And now Nigerian musicians are running music world over.
Governments know when their top artists are rich, they can easily support budding artists through music labels.
Chameleone and I have spent our entire careers trying to earn a living. It’s been hard to uplift youngsters because we do not have the financial muscle to uphold our personal careers at the highest level for the longest time like we have done, and at the same time invest in young artists by creating functional and vibrating music labels. But we have tried and done our best.
Government support to us is welcome. Look at some big companies which collapsed due to Covid after effects. Many companies needed government push.
Some people have always called for us to retire and support the new-age artists. Without money, this is practically impossible.
This battle can bring talkability for a year or so and this brings numbers. I have seen people fly from different countries to go and watch music concerts. We started our careers in Nairobi Kenya, we have fans all over Africa. Such a battle can attract people into Uganda. This promotes tourism.
At the end of the day, the money invested in us trickles down to other artists.
Our labels- Leone Island and Gagamel- are stuck because of lack of funds.
Managing and promoting an artists requires huge investment.
By investing in us, government is investing in younger artists as well.
For now we can’t do much for our young brothers and sisters as we still have a lot to achieve on a personal level. All these- audio, visual production, marketing on TVs, radio etc- require massive investment. Averagely, shs200 million is annually needed to push a budding artist.
Therefore, government support through activities such as music competitions etc is very healthy and welcome.
It’s social economic impact would encompass masses and would be of large proportions.
It must also be noted that a battle of such magnitude employees (directly or indirectly) around 5000 people.
There’s nothing really wrong with government supporting a battle between us.
In conclusion, a music battle between us would have immense benefits for the Ugandan music industry and the country as a whole. It would demonstrate government’s commitment to supporting talent and promoting the arts as a full-time job. The economic and social impact of such an event would be substantial, and it would also provide much-needed support to emerging artists and music labels. Furthermore, the potential tourism benefits should not be overlooked. Therefore, it is recommended that the government consider supporting a music battle between us. #Gagamelinternational