Recently, there has been a public dispute between two popular Ugandan musicians, Eddy Kenzo and Big Eye StarBoss. The cause of this feud is Eddy Kenzo’s recent disappointment in the 2023 Grammy Awards where he was nominated but ultimately lost the award in the Best Global Music Performance category to South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini, and Nomcebo Zikode for their song “Bayethe.” Despite the loss, Eddy Kenzo has been praised for the accomplishment of elevating Ugandan music to a level it has never reached before.
However, Big Eye has taken a different stance and publicly criticized Eddy Kenzo on his Facebook page. He accused the singer of being selfish and not caring about others, but only for himself. Big Eye claimed that Eddy Kenzo has kept all his international contacts and connections to himself for over nine years, preventing other musicians in Uganda from accessing them. He went on to say that some people like Eddy Kenzo don’t deserve to use the motto “For God and My Country” as they only operate on the motto “For God and Myself.”
Big Eye’s public criticism of Eddy Kenzo has sparked a debate among fans and industry insiders, with some agreeing with his perspective while others are defending the singer. Regardless of the outcome, it is evident that the music industry in Uganda is facing internal struggles and disputes among its artists.
It is important for musicians and public figures to maintain a level of professionalism and respect for each other, regardless of personal opinions or disagreements. A unified and supportive music community can only benefit the industry as a whole and help promote the growth and recognition of Ugandan music on a global scale.
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