Ugandan Musicians, under a controversial breakaway faction, the Uganda National Musicians Federation (UNMF), have retained Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) – one of the largest and most powerful law firms in Uganda, according to a highly placed source in the firm.
News of KAA’s retainer comes on the heels of a meeting held on Thursday between several big-name musicians and a couple of lawyers at the law firm which counts President Yoweri Museveni, Billionaire Sudhir Ruparelia, and several high net-worth individuals and companies among its clients.
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Although Award-winning musician Eddy Kenzo, the President of the UNMF framed their engagement with KAA as a “partnership,” our source at the law firm told us “ We have been retained to provide them legal services” which precisely means the law firm has been hired to provide legal support to the association as and when required.
Formed sometime in May 2023 by a coterie of some of Uganda’s top musicians, the UNMF is for all intents and purposes a breakaway association of musicians – from the traditional Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) which has been accused of incompetence in innovating solutions to the structural problems affecting musicians and their industry.
Under the leadership of Eddy Kenzo and Sheebah Karungi, UNMF is being heralded as a better and more organized group to advocate for the interest of the Ugandan artiste. (in situations like this).
By hiring KAA, one can see an indicator of how seriously UNMF takes its work.
“ This partnership is a significant step forward for the federation as it will provide a valuable resource for musicians in Uganda. KAA’s legal expertise will be instrumental in helping the Federation to navigate legal issues that arise in the music industry such as copyright, licensing, and contracts.
” This partnership will also help to protect the rights and interests of musicians in Uganda, ensuring that they are fairly compensated for their work. It is important for organisations like the Uganda National Musicians Federation to have strong partnerships with reputable law firms like KAA, as it will help to promote the growth and development of the music industry in Uganda.
” With this partnership, the Federation and KAA can work together to create a more favorable environment for musicians in Uganda both in terms of legal protection and opportunities for growth.”Eddy Kenzo said of the engagement in a Statement.
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