Music as a tool for resilience and social mobilization during COVID-19 in suburban Uganda
Atwijukire Asiimwe, Pauline
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of human life, including the music industry. In Uganda, musicians have used their music to educate and sensitize their communities about the pandemic. This research paper explores how musicians in the suburban areas of Uganda have employed music to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The study will utilize a qualitative research approach to collect data through in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, and observation of musical performances. The study will involve a sample of ten musicians from suburban areas in Uganda who have used music to educate their communities about COVID-19. The data collected will be analyzed using content analysis to identify themes and patterns related to how musicians have employed music to fight the pandemic. Preliminary research suggests that musicians in Uganda have employed various strategies to use their music to educate and sensitize their communities about COVID-19. For example, some musicians have composed songs that provide information about the virus, its symptoms, and prevention measures. Others have used their music to raise awareness about the importance of adhering to government guidelines on social distancing and wearing masks. Additionally, some musicians have used their music to encourage their fans to get vaccinated. This study is significant because it provides insights into how musicians in suburban areas of Uganda have used their music to fight the pandemic, which can be useful in informing public health communication strategies in similar contexts. The study's findings will be disseminated through academic publications and presentations at relevant conferences.