Bobi Wine could be the most desirable artiste at the moment. Well, musically.
Since he released Ndi Munnayuganda to counter an all-star Tubonga Naawe, he has been looked at as the ‘politically-right’ artiste who cares for the issues of the common man.
In Ndi Munnayuganda, he seemed to answer Bebe Cool’s charges that Bobi is a local artiste whose music never crosses Uganda’s borders. In one verse, the song hits out at Bebe and Chameleone for striving to impress foreigners, forgetting millions of Ugandans that made them.
He followed Ndi Munnayuganda with a poorly-sought-after, but lyrically on-point Dembe, which called upon Ugandans to vote peacefully.
Today, Bobi is riding on yet another politically-charged single, Situka. The song seems to address the situation that followed the elections: frustrated faces and lost hope for some.
He tells Ugandans that supported different candidates that lost to pick themselves up and move on.
The song with a heavy reggae feel has Bobi Wine deliver like he rarely does; he is articulate, poetic, and emotional.
Before its release, Bobi had shared in a long write-up on Facebook: “When the going gets tough, the tough must get going, especially when our Leaders have become
That post forms the introduction of Situka and many fans have described it as punchy and driving the message home.
And it is not just Bobi Wine basking in creative juices after the elections; Mathias Walukagga who was prominent on Amama Mbabazi’s campaign trail has released Referee, a song that suggests the election ground was not levelled.
On the flipside, things are not good for artistes that were part of the Tubonga Naawe project, if the backlash they are getting on social media is any thing to go by.
Bebe Cool announced he will be holding his Life of Bebe Cool on August 5 at Serena hotel, but has been met with insults. Unlike before when he exchanged with fans and even daringly banned one from his concerts, this time he is taking a backseat and letting the abuse soak in.
In fact, these days Bebe goes more than five days without appearing on social media and unconfirmed reports from his Gagamel Phamily indicate that for the first time in many years, the Love You Everyday singer may not host his annual Easter Monday East African carnival that usually takes place at Kiwatule Recreation Centre.
Haruna Mubiru and the Goodlyfe’s Radio and Weasel have already tasted the medicine dished by annoyed Ugandans; the diaspora community has kept its word and indeed boycotted their February shows in London and Dubai, respectively. Both parties contributed to Tubonga Naawe that endorsed President Museveni for a fifth term.
While appearing on Dembe FM’s Talk and Talk show, Frank Gashumba noted that artistes did no wrong in taking the ruling party’s money to record a song for the campaign.
“But if you go as far as branding your car with stickers, going on social media to argue with fans, then you’re out of the line,” Gashumba said.
One radio presenter who requested anonymity said much of the current boycott talk is driven by emotions, and reckons fans will attend shows again once the storm blows over.
“Ugandans easily forget...if any of the Tubonga Naawe artistes opts for August, they will make their money.”
So, where does this boycott leave Bebe Cool and his Shs 100,000-a-head concert in August?
“He will have the corporates if he decides to have as many complimentary tickets,” the radio presenter said, adding that very few Ugandans will be willing to part with such money, thus the show will have people but many will not have paid a coin.
As Gashumba puts it, artistes are like cultural leaders; much as they have the freedom to support, they put themselves in a tight spot when they rally support where all their fans don’t agree.
“These people have fans that backed NRM, FDC, DP and other parties; thus, they should be calculative,” he noted.