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Published on March 25th, 2020 | by Lydia Brooks

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She Is Hip Hop Festival in Uganda canceled due to the spread of the Covid-19

Uganda’s She Is Hip Hop Festival has been canceled as a measure to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in this country.

The annual music festival, taking place in the capital Kampala, celebrates Ugandan female hip hop artists. This year’s event was planned for March 28.

The organizers had discharged a program that enclosed showcases, workshops, exhibitions, speeches, and panel discussions. Some other activities for the day were beatboxing, poetry, dance, and rap.

The decision to cancel the event was made after President Yoweri Museveni placed a 32-day ban on all political, spiritual, and cultural gatherings on March 18.

Uganda confirmed eight new coronavirus cases on Tues, 24 March.

She Is Hip Hop festival founder Drichiru ‘Key’ Kifuko told Music In Africa that the government’s recommendations beside the uncertainty of those times made it not possible for them to go ahead and they were affected by the cancelation as a result of several hip hop artists having adjusted their schedules to be a part of the festival. The ladies were trying forward thereto as a mentorship and networking chance. However, they would encourage everybody to stick to the rules offered by the government.

Kay, a performer, dance teacher and creator, said Ugandan artists were hit laborious by the cancelation and postponement of live music events. This pandemic could be a huge blow to all artists, particularly freelancers who only get paid once they do a particular job.

This could be a call for artists to make multiple streams of financial gain to earn, reinvest, as well as save more. It’s conjointly necessary for artists to make validating networks and take larger advantage of the net to market and sell their work on-line.

Meanwhile, CitisessionsUG proclaimed on March 21 that the monthly showcase event for musicians, dancers, poets, and word artists had been placed on hold till additional notice.

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