The Ministry of Health officials and Mr. Eric Opoka, the Tumbiza Sound hit maker have resolved to do a remix of the song to sensitize the public on the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
The two parties were convened by the Uganda Communications Commission at its headquarters in Bugolobi on Wednesday.
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.
Ainebyoona told journalists after the closed doors meeting that his Ministry and the artiste deliberated and agreed on improving the song for a positive purpose.
“We have agreed that the song, Tumbiza Sound, should be improved to help sensitize the population on the deadly pandemic which is amidst us called the COVID-19,” said Mr. Ainebyoona.
He revealed that in the meeting, both sides appreciated the critical responsibility, which is protecting the life of the people and anything that puts the citizens at risk should be worked upon.
“It was realized that the safety of the people is the most important thing and the responsibility of everyone with medium to positively use it to help but not to destroy our people,” he added.
Eezzy, the now trending artiste said he sang the song during the first harsh phase of the lockdown to uplift the spirits of the people who were adversely traumatized by the fear of COVID-19 and the subsequent economic hardship.
“I thought about the common people during that tough moment at the beginning of the lockdown. Some of the earlier messages on COVID-19 were equally causing anxiety,” said Eezzy.
“I thought about something to uplift the spirit of the downhearted and frightened people, for them not to think that Coronavirus is the end of the world but to learn to live with it,” he added.
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.