Renowned musician Cinderella Sanyu has emphasized that there is no music in bedrooms and she doesn’t understand how this became a norm in the music industry.
Cindy’s statements follow an allegation that involved singer Mutabazi Paul alias Fresh daddy who is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl on condition of growing her music career.
Ndagire, a 17-year-old confessed that Fresh Daddy drove her to Busega, a Kampala suburb to a place she called “Gardens” in her narration.
“I didn’t want to enter into the Gardens because I thought we were going to sit outside, when we entered, he paid for the room and told me we should enter. I asked him, what are we going to do? And he told me he wants to rest. I told him I want to stay outside; he told me to enter because it will look bad if I remain outside,” she said.
She added, “When I entered, he closed (the door) and told me to undress. I asked him why he wants me to undress.
“Then he told me, do what I have told you if you want me to become your manager. I refused and he removed my clothes, pushed me onto the bed, did what he wanted, opened the room and we left.”
Although efforts to reach Fresh daddy were futile since he refused to pick our calls, theGrapevine managed to talk to the Uganda Musician Association (UMA) president, Cinderella Sanyu who condemned the act.
Cindy warned that she has never seen music being authored in bedroom.
Following other cases of rape in the music industry, Cindy now insists that it is time female artists stop reporting such issues of rape on social media and seek legal advice.
“It is becoming a norm because we keep putting it on social media and yet it can’t help one get justice,” she said.
Cindy added that there is need to have an awareness campaign to educate females about their rights.
“I don’t think most females are aware of their rights because at the moment it looks like they don’t have any choice, it’s either you give your body or give up on your career so there is need to raise awareness.
“We need to start the awareness and do away with such cases so that the children who plan to join the industry don’t find it as a norm. So many girls are facing it and they don’t know what to do but instead report on social media and they are not helped since there is no law on social media and no police at all.”
Cindy further advised the young children who would want to join the music industry not to do it on their own.
“There are great artists like Winnie Nwagi who started out with her mother supporting her, even me I started with my mother. There is always someone older to protect you or advise you in one way or the other.”
She maintained that at this point, the best way to do this is to register as a member of UMA because they will be protected.
She propounded, “As a member of UMA you are protected because we have a group of lawyers but if you are not yet a member and you have started out, don’t be alone. People are more reserved when you are with an adult but if you show up alone, you become vulnerable.”
She further emphasized that music should not be carried out in bedrooms, hotels or lounges because there is no music that happens there.
Cindy divulged that as UMA, they have a lady called Ms. Nabwami, an artist and a grown woman who handles all issues to do with women affairs.
“Please come and report such cases, we have a team of lawyers and people who can help you and those who can help now not in the future. Anything to do with musicians come and report we shall fight for you. But you have to bring your issue to us, we won’t chase anyone.”
By Kalamira Hope