The studio known as M-records, was set up at the beginning of this month in fulfilment of a pledge that was made by President Yoweri Museveni six years ago, to support talented party members, to record audio and visual productions at a lower cost.
Members of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party in
Mukono have disagreed on charges for members seeking to record music at the party studio set up in Mukono Municipality.
The studio known as M-records was set up at the beginning of this month in fulfilment of a pledge that was made by President Yoweri Museveni six years ago, to support talented party members, to record audio and visual productions at a lower cost.
After the opening of the studio, members had hoped that it can be used to record songs to support party members, in the absence of campaigns. However, members who have already composed songs
accuse the Studio Manager Emmanuel Nsereko also known as Munnamasaka for asking them to pay huge
sums of money from the service.
The studio is charging 350,000 to 500,000 for production of one song. But Denis Ggaliwango, one of the irritated members says they
have always failed to use Kampala-based studio's which charge almost the same rate.
“What we are being told to pay is too much, we have
talents, we have written our songs but raising the money to record is another challenge.
The president gave us an opportunity but money-minded people are already burying
it deep,” Ggaliwango notes.
Another member Gerald Nasasira says the president
pledged a studio of about 300 million Shillings, part of which was
to facilitate the recording of songs by those supporting the party. “We are overcharged; we need a new manager or else
the current management produce accountability of the money spent while setting
up the first phase of the studio.”
//Cue in; “Ate batusaba sente…
Cue out…yazikozesa atya?”//
Nsereko, however, says that once they allow all people to turn up
and freely record songs, it will be hard to sustain the studio beyond even a
month. “We shall not allow everyone one who turns up to access
the studio, it uses power which does not belong to NRM. It is only the
president to request for the accountability not everyone.”
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Cue out…ye anonyerezeko.”//
State Minister for Water Ronald Kibuule who followed the presidential pledge asked the studio manager to desist from putting extra-ordinary charges that will discourage poor
talented people from using their talents. He also tasked the studio manager to present before him
the expenditure of the money received.