Politics of Uganda as seen through music since the 50s

Former Ugandan president Idi Amin seemed to have encouraged the composition of praise songs. FILE PHOTOS

What you need to know:

  • Songs. Idi Amin seemed to have encouraged the composition of praise songs. His love for music saw him create a military band in every major military barracks across the country. These included the Simba Airborne Jazz Band in Mbarara, Suicide Revolutionary Jazz Band in Masaka, Bombo Barracks Band and Tiger Army Band in Mubende.

There has been a mixed response to the government’s proposed regulation of the entertainment industry. To the critics of the government, the move is aimed at gagging artistes who are critical of the government. But love-hate relationship between music and politics in Uganda is not new.
Music has been used as a tool for political messages. Political songs have been used to promote or denounce individual politicians or political parties.

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