Songstress Sheebah Karungi is not a very happy woman at the moment after being denied entry into Europe.
Information reaching our desk indicates that Sheebah was denied a visa to Denmark and the Netherlands where she was meant to perform during the Easter Period.
However, we have been told by a promoter in the Scandinavians that it’s expensive hiring the services of a foreign musician. Indeed, a source told EagleOnline that it is very expensive to legally fly a Ugandan musician to Europe yet in most cases the attendances are always dismal since only Ugandans turn up.
So normally, Ugandan musicians usually travel as visitors, visiting ‘relatives and friends’ and when they successfully make it there, that’s when they end up in bars as musicians.
According to the source, Sheebah was to be smuggled to Europe as a visitor to a one Eddie Bukenya, who had been paid by a music promoter in Netherlands, a one Eddie Lule of Mambo Entertains.
When Bukenya contacted Sheebah’s management, they reached an agreement and was given an advance payment.
But in the course of applying for her visa, one of her managers, Allan Kiwa insisted he had to travel with them lest she wasn’t going anywhere. He was given a green light to travel with her but sadly the two failed to convince the embassy officials. Their documents were thrown into the bin.
However, we’ve learnt that they aren’t alone; Rema Namakula and Irene Ntale too had been lined up to perform in Netherlands during the Easter season. However, Rema was also denied a visa.
By press time it was not possible to get comment from either Sheebah or Rema however, since there are over 10 days left to Easter, we hope this will be sorted out. We’ll keep you posted on any new developments.