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How Ugandan musicians are fighting COVID-19


It was a quiet working environment in my office, with very few activities and workmates as most people had stayed home to observe President Museveni’s directives in a bid to forestall the spread of coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc across the world.
Unlike other days when my phone is usually busy with calls and message in the morning, today (Wednesday) was different as I had hardly received even five phone calls.
A few minutes to 10am, my phone starts buzzing with WhatsApp messages.
When I unlock to check, my inbox is filled with forwarded messages from different people and groups.
The message is the same; a song.
The song had been composed by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine and Nubian Li, to senstise Ugandans and people in other parts of the world on what to do to avoid spreading the deadly virus that has already claimed hundreds of thousands of lives across the world and left millions infected.
The song composed in both English and the local dialect, Luganda, starts with Bobi Wine singing;
“The bad news is that everyone is a potential victim but the good news is that everyone is a potential solution
Senstise the masses to sanitise
Keep a social distance and quarantine.”
He’s joined by Nubian Li who says “The coronavirus is sweeping over mankind….Everybody must take charge and be alert.”
However, this not the first song about COVID-19 by Ugandan musicians.
I was alerted that another popular singer, Moses Ssali alias Bebe Cool also collaborated with Vinka, Azawi both of Swangz Avenue and produced a song titled ‘Corona alert’.

Eight-year-old female rappers Faith Nanyazi a.k.a Felista Di Superstar, popularly known as Felista Di Superstar also released another one titled ‘Coronavirus’

Uganda has so far confirmed a total of 9 cases compared to Rwanda’s 40 and Kenya’s 25.
“Every effort must be marshalled to sensitize the masses on how to keep safe from COVID19. In that spirit, Hon Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) & Nubian Li have released this song,” People Power spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi captioned the partial video of the two in the studio recording the said song.
‘Corona distance’ mainly emphasises social distancing while ‘Coronavirus alert’ focuses on vigilance.
On the other hand, Felista Da Supersta warns that the disease is dangerous and so shouldn’t be taken lightly.
“Don’t hug me, keep the corona distance because we have to fight this tough disease,” Bebe Cool starts the song off before verses from Swangz Avenue’s Vinka and the new kid on the block Azawi.
This as the country continues to take all the possible measures to fight the spread of the fast-moving virus.

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