Promoter calls on citizens to support local artists

Promoter calls on citizens to support local artists
Latwuani Simon speaks after a meeting at the union office in Torit town, Eastern Equatoria State. [Photo: courtesy]

A South Sudanese music promoter in Eastern Equatoria State has decried the lack of support for the country’s artists by their local fans.

Latwuani Simon said since he joined the crew in 2014, he has brought up about 10 artists, among them Caterpillar Multi-purpose, Game X, Black G, and Bizzy Bee.

However, he said the citizens’ love for foreign music at the expense of local one remains a big challenge to the promoters.

He made the statement during the meeting of the union in preparation for the state-local artist competition slated for July 9, 2022.

Speaking to The City Review, Latwuani called on citizens to support their own artists to promote the music industry.

He believes through the promotion of the local musicians, the artists will be able to reach the international level just like in the neighbouring countries and other parts of the world.

 “We need to trust our homegrown talent boys to let our domestic music [thrive]. It is not good for you to enjoy the songs when you don’t know their meaning,” he said.

He added that through the promotion of local artists, they would be able to create changes in the mindset of the local population.

“You need to trust our home grown artists to make sure that the message you pick from them could be able to change your mentality and should be a change agent for the community.”