The Government must reduce taxes on the internet for the music industry to thrive - Ykee Benda
Ugandan musicians have not been able to set foot on stage for close to two years now due to Covid-19 restrictions that banned public gatherings and concerts.
Musicians had to devise ways of earning money through online streams, album sales, and many more.
But the earnings from digital platforms are not satisfactory as few music fans buy music online.
Mpaka Records boss Ykee Benda explained in an interview that music fans don't support musicians on these platforms because of expensive internet prices which are a result of high taxes.
He advised the Government to reduce taxes on the internet.
“The Internet in Uganda is expensive. The government needs to reduce the taxes it levies on the internet service providers, that's the reason they overprice mobile data,” he said during an interview with NBS.
Ykee Benda dropped his “Kirabo” album which he sold for 35,000 a copy through his website and managed to sell 500 copies in the first week.