In April 2010, Music for Peace (MfP) organized a month-long peace music competition in Gulu and Kitgum, Uganda, in anticipation of its May 2010 exchange visit to Sierra Leone. The competition was envisioned both as a way to involve northern communities in the exchange and to raise funds for travel expenses through door sales and corporate sponsorship. The central theme of the competition was “music for peace,” which was intended to raise awareness of the power of the arts for peacebuilding and provide an outlet for up-and-coming artists to share their talents.
The five ensuing concerts drew crowds of nearly 1,000 people. Additional community engagement was done using local radio stations in Gulu and Kitgum. Throughout the course of the competition, MfP artists and organizers made more than a dozen radio appearances on stations Mega FM, Choice FM, and Radio King in Gulu, and Pol FM and Kiti FM in Kitgum.
Portions of the operating expenses for the peace music competition were sponsored by Country Bakery and BJ’s club in Gulu.
Congratulations to winner OJ Murugut, who received an all expenses paid spot in the exchange to Sierra Leone, and runner up Lucky David Wilson, who received studio time to record the peace song, “Kuc Odugu (Peace Has Returned),” and funding to shoot the song’s music video.