Celebrated Nigerian artiste Harrison Tare Okiri, popularly known as Harrysong, has advised Ugandan artistes to stop copying if they are to make any headway in the entertainment industry.
Known for songs such as Ofeshe, Samankwe and Reggae Blues among others, Harrysong said it’s good to always stick to ones roots because that is how Ugandan music can get recognised and appreciated in this competitive game.
While speaking to a local TV station, Harrysong who sneaked into the country on Tuesday claimed that what kills African music is copying western styles.
“We cannot beat Jamaicans in Raggae and that’s the same with other music genres because one can’t do something better than the person who started it, no matter how good you perfect it. Credit will always go to the masters,” he said.
Harrysong also said one of the reasons why their music has crossed over the continent is because they are very united and have a unique Nigerian-Afro genre that they have maintained. In return, this has made them well recognised.
Harrysong who is in the country to shoot a video with director, Sasha Vybz, he said Ugandan music is not bad, but artistes should always respect people they find in the entertainment industry for they always set a legacy.