A number of artists broke onto Uganda’s music scene during the lockdown, releasing songs that rallied masses to heed Covid-19 preventive measures and some others with ‘rebel’ lyrics that have since caught the attention of various authorities including the Ministry of Health.
One such song is the chart-topping ‘Tumbiza Sound’, by Erica Opoka aka Eezzy which has recently been faced with criticism over its lyrics that pass on a controversial message as regards adherence to the set Covid-19 standard operating procedures and guidelines.
The song basically asks government to open up the entertainment industry as well let Ugandans go about the normal entertainment arrangements as they follow the Standard Operating Procedures.
This afternoon, a letter addressed to the Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission from the Director General Health services in the Ministry of Health dated December 4, 2020, seeking for a ban on the ‘Tumbiza sound’ song surfaced on social media, sparking mixed reactions from members of the public.
In the letter, Dr. Henry Mwebesa says that the song contradicts the standard operating procedures that the Ministry of Health put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“The message in the song has in turn caused misinformation among different audiences, subsequently creating complacency among the public. This is therefore to request you to ban the airing of the song on all mass media channels so that the public is not misled,” the letter reads in part.
The Ministry, in the same letter, also asks UCC to ensure that all edutainment about Covid-19 is in line with the guidelines and safe practices emphasized by the Ministry and other line authorities.