The Ministry of Health, together with the Uganda communications commissio and musician Eric Opoka aka Eezzy have resolved to do a remix of the popular controversial ‘Tumbiza Sound’ to sensitize the public on the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
This is after a successful meeting held between officials from the ministry , UCC and the musician this afternoon at the commission headquarters in Bugolobi on Wednesday.
The ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyona revealed to the Daily Express that they have agreed that EeZzy comes up with an improved version of his song and make it more educative so that it can teach the public about the covid19 preventative measures.
He says the ministry will not give him any money to redo the song but will only advise and approve his new lyrics and will consider engaging him in the future incase of health promotion projects.
“Depending on the outcome of our engagement with this improved song, we will have future engagements with him. We are interested in promoting his artistic talent. We also appeal to other artists who have health promotion messages to consult us and we see how best we can educate our population,” said Mr Ainebyona.
The ministry of health earlier wanted the song banned for misinforming the public about COVID-19.
In the Lyrics of this song, EaZzy says much as some people are still in lockdown, to others life has returned to normalcy.
He further asked the government to reopen bars provided people can wear face masks, use sanitizers and social distance to avoid the spread of the virus.
The Health Ministry was represented by officials including its Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ainebyoona and the artiste was accompanied by his Strategy Consultant, Dickens Okello; Manager, Robinah Amony Mbabazi and president of music talent managers, Emma Carlos.
The remix is expected to come out in three weeks’ time in close collaboration between the Ministry of Health and the artiste.
Chairman talent managers, Emma Carlos appreciated the Uganda Communication Commission for not rushing to take drastic measures on the artiste but instead opting to bring together the two parties to reach a common ground.
“I must thank the regulator, UCC, for not rushing to take a decision but opting for a dialogue between the two parties. Eezzy is a good and young talent that needs our support for the best results,” said Carlos.