The Uganda Creative Industry
Gone are the days when musicians and other performing artists were marginalized. It is no longer the case that musicians and other performing artists are under appreciated.
Today, these individuals are well-known in society because they have worked hard to achieve success as musicians, dancers, and dramatists through consistency and perseverance.
Let us have a look at a list of notable artists, their vocations, and the positions they serve.
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, a.k.a. Bobi wine, holds a diploma of Arts in music, dance, and drama from Makerere University and is also a musician who performs in a range of environments. He is a former Member of Parliament for the Kyadondo East constituency. He is now serving as the President of the National Unity Platform, a political party in Uganda. He managed to run for President of Uganda in the 2021 Presidential Elections and finished as the first runner up. Let us not forget that it was his musical career that propelled him to such great heights, as evidenced by the widespread popularity he has experienced over the years.
Kiyaga Hillary, better known by her stage as Dr. Hilderman, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Makerere University and is also a musician who plays in a variety of settings. In the current legislative session, he represents Mawokota North in parliament. He is most known for his first-ever chart-topping single, “Double Bed Mazongoto,” which became a hit in the country. Since that smash single, he has continued to make a name for himself in the music industry with a slew of other songs and performances. This helped to keep him in the public spotlight all the way up to his eventual political career.
Mrs Judith Babirye is a gospel musician who also happens to be a political activist. At “New Life Deliverance Church,” she serves as senior pastor. Previously, she served as Buikwe North's member of parliament. However, she was successful because of her widespread recognition in the gospel music industry.
Kato Lubwama is a Ugandan politician, drama actor, musician, songwriter, comedian, and former radio presenter who also happens to be a businessman. Lubwama is extremely enthusiastic about music, theater, and assisting the less fortunate. He was a former member of parliament representing the Rubaga South constituency. He gained notoriety as a result of his long-running comedic productions on stage and television.
Fagil Mandy is a motivational speaker, business and management consultant, teacher, performing artist, poet, and author of books. He was previously employed as the Senior Education Commissioner in the Ministry of Education and Education from the early 1990s to the early 2000s. He is also a former board chairman of the Uganda National Examination Board. He was also a well-known singer and actor in his earlier years.
Besides being a gospel musician, Wilson Bugembe serves as a senior pastor at Light the World Gosepel Mission Church in Nasana, Uganda. A number of gospel blockbusters have been released by him, and he has performed on a number of international gospel music platforms. It is, in fact, the music that has propelled him to where he is now.
Maurice Kirya is a musician who performs as a singer, songwriter, actor, and humanitarian on the international stage. A well-known popular figure in East Africa, he has amassed a plethora of knowledge and experience in the music industry over a decade's period of time. He collaborates with the United Nations Humanitarian Comission for Refugees (UNHCR) on special missions, with the majority of them being related to music and sensitization efforts.
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