It seems that the popularity of the current crop of gospel singers is threatening the born again pastors and their churches. This is the only explanation one can find for the pastor’s unfair decree that gospel singers desist from performing at secular shows. Of course the ban has caused uproar and the leading gospel artistes are determined not to tow the line.
The ban proponents headed by Pastor David Kiganda of the Kisenyi based Christianity focus center, in order to cow the artistes, decided to issue out formal agreements forcing gospel artistes to allow all gospel based radio stations and TVs to play their songs for free. Apparently, the radio and TV stations complained about having to pay money to the Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS) which collects money for musicians and it was unfair to have to pay for an almost voluntary service. According to them, they were helping churches spread the good news that is usually in the songs.
Following the ban, Pastor Wilson Bugembe rushed to the studio and composed a song titled Kiribakitya in which he tells off Kiganda to leave him alone to perform at any event he chooses as he is interested in delivering the Good News to the so called sinners. He further says that his friendship with musicians like Bobi Wine is useful in bringing them closer to salvation. We are yet to get the pastors’ reaction over the song but we know fellow Gospel artistes Judith Babirye, Samalie Matovu, Hanson Baliruno, Simon Mirembe, Julie Muteesasira, Silver Kyagulanyi, Jackie Ssenyonjo and Exodus are behind Bugembe all the way.