Allan Toniks Trashes Online Concerts
22 April 2021
[Photo Credit: Allan Toniks Instagram]
By Lydia M Joshua
Ugandan artist Allan Toniks has rubbished online concerts noting that musicians aren’t earning much from them since Ugandans are not used to buying or paying for music online.
According to Toniks, while online concerts are now the new form of entertainment doe to the Covid pandemic, they are not profitable since Ugandans are yet to fully embrace digital payment platforms.
"Uganda's culture of paying online is still developing. We are not yet there. The digital music platforms use digital payment methods but most Ugandans don't own them.
"Our fans who buy the music come from abroad; local fans only get it if music is free. So there is no way they will pay for the concert. That idea doesn't work because Ugandans are used to seeing their artists perform for them live," he said.
While advocating for resumption of live physical concerts, Toniks noted that artists invest a lot of resources in producing music, therefore it is only fair that they be allowed to perform their songs to fans.
"We invest a lot and in the end, they (websites) are the ones who earn and not us A physical concert, you can charge a high price, something you be can't do online," he opined.