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After a while of no-show, Bobi Wine sets the pace for online concerts


Bobi Wine during the concert

Singer turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi returned to reclaim his Bobi Wine name yesterday. He acquired the Bobi Wine name when he joined the Ugandan music Industry more than 15 years ago.

Bobi Wine who recently joined active politics and is now eyeing the Presidential seat has been off the music scene for a while. He is now sometimes referred to as a one-hit-wonder because he releases music but is blocked from playing on radio and TV because of the political affiliations.

After some of his songs were blocked from playing, he was also blocked from holding concerts in Uganda with his last being the Kyarenga Concert in Busaabala in 2018. Bobi Wine on Sunday evening decided to surprise Ugandans with an online live concert dubbed Ensasage Mu Nyumba’ that he staged at his home in Magere.

In this lockdown season, Ugandan singers have decided to hold online concerts and album release parties to help ease the coronavirus blues. Kenneth Mugabi, Navio, Nile Breweries Limited under their flagship Club Pilsner has been doing a series of online concerts dubbed Club Beats At Home.

In the same manner, Bobi Wine chose Sunday 9 pm to hold a two hours show. The show gave an experience of the usual shows he holds at his One Love Beach in Busabaala. Live the stages light down to the crowd, Bobi Wine used his mansion to display lights to his online crowd. Solid Band known for performing at different concerts joined forces with some instrumentalists like Myco Ouma a guitarist and Positive Band base guitarist known as Smith Gyari among others.

Nubian Li

The band blended well with Bobi Wine and this was proof they rehearsed to get Ugandans glued on their screens and gadgets not caring about their data bundles. About 28,000 Facebook users and 3,000 viewers on his YouTube live stream. The numbers were overwhelming if we are to go with the numbers that are seen viewing the usual online concerts not exceeding 2,000 viewers. He has set the pace for online concerts as it is by far the most viewed and talked about online concert in Uganda.

Bobi Wine’s performance was conversational as he was sure the numbers on his YouTube and Facebook were glued. He kept on communicating to them and of course at the same time including President Museveni in a playful way in his lyrics replacing them with the original.

He performed only selected songs and most especially the Political ones that almost cost his music career together with the recent coronavirus song. The singer also paid tribute to fallen singer Mowzey Radio by covering one of his songs.

Bobi Wine was later joined by his longtime friend and music partner Nubian Li and they performed some of their duets before closing the live show a few minutes past 11 pm.

Despite a couple of glitches on the first Facebook live video, probably because of network issues, and it had to be canceled, Bobi Wine and his team then started another video and in just the first 30 minutes, the video had gathered 12.4k online viewers with over 6.3k reactions and 14k comments.

The lighting, sound, organization, song selection, having a well organised less populated set, all worked in favor of Bobi Wine and even him was amazed by the numbers at the end of the show.

Bobi Wine was grateful to the viewers for the support. He took to his social media platforms, thanked everyone for watching, and joked about how they would have to pay to watch the next live concert he will organize.


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