#34: “Why most of Ugandan pop music is junk” – Joseph Batte


An interesting article appeared in the New Vieion recently entitled “Why most of Uganda’s pop music is junk.” The article, written by Mr Josph Batte, claimed that Uganda’s pop music scene lacks creativity and innovation, and is full of one-hit-seekers, who sacrifice musicality for the sake of a quick buck. Mr Batte was not afraid to call out particular artists in his article and although I disagreed with the general argument he made, I did agree with some of his particular points.

Although I am, on the whole, optimistic about the direction of Ugandan pop music in general and of the urban genres in particular, Mr Batte made some very persuasive points in his article and I invited him on to SNMS to discuss them.

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