By now we all know Bobi Wine dared the online space with another concert.
When the Kyadondo East MP staged a show in observation of Mother’s Day in May, it was easy to understand there was an audience ready to see watch perform live. This came after law enforcers had frustrated him on more than ten occasions.
For all these, he had planned at his Busabala One Love Beach or other places – thus, when he announced he was doing an online show, most of the people that had not seen watched him on stage for about two years couldn’t wait.
And it was indeed worth it.
Last Sunday though, it was easy to imagine there was nothing to drive Bobi Wine’s fans to burn data watching his second show – he had seemingly outdone himself with the first one, the production, performance and synthetics.
Plus, if the first one was poorly marketed, he had done a worse job with this one – it’s like the marketing had been rushed, the art work wasn’t convincing and neither was the name they had picked for it.
Aptly titled the Freedom Concert featuring Bobi Wine and Nubian Lee, he opened in the most Bobi Wine way we could ever imagine; on beloved yacht, joined by saxophonist Jose Sax, Aziz Azion on the guitar and of course Nubian Lee among others.
Since the first show and probably the chance he has had to travel the world, he has appreciated fusing traditional ethno instruments with his known sound and he always gets that fusion right.
He opened his set with Ebibuzo, on a yacht that was heading to One Love Beach. Aziz as a guitarist was such a perfect choice since he easily played the role of a backup artiste. Ebibuzo was one of those songs that Bobi Wine used to catapult himself as an artiste that wasn’t only talking about issues but presenting himself as a leader.
He released the song at the time the country was mourning pupils of Budo Junior that had perished in an inferno, and while shooting the video, Bobi Wine had collaborated with other artistes to put the message forward.
Ebibuzo and Byekwaso, the two songs he played on the yacht were both acoustic probably because they couldn’t put together an entire system on a cruise, but they hit different, especially because this unlike the first one was more of a conversation, that besides throwing political lines here and there, he could basically talk to the masses.
Real action kicked in when he got to the beach, the sound was different, electronic and of course, more instrumentation, the band had a lot of liberty on land than they had been on the boat, they danced, sang along yet they continued to maintain social distance.
Bobi Wine is happiest when he performs and it was visible as he did the different songs, his chemistry or conversations with instrumentalists Jose Sax while doing Specioza or the vibe he had with Denis the violinist was over the top.
Through the song, he happily addressed issues surrounding people that have left his camp, but he did not allow to do this Robert Kyagulanyi – he said he would only do that as Bobi Wine the artiste, think about a jibe of how many of them were bought off cheaply.
Before the show had started, the belief was that Bobi Wine was not going to collect the number of views he managed the first time round. The reasoning was that there was nothing driving them, they had seen him perform about a month back thus were good.
But even half way the show, he had already managed more than 10,000 live viewers, that was already better than all online shows Covid-19 has given us and they kept rising.
In fact, by the time he ended the show, the numbers had already climbed up to 22,000 viewers in real time and before midnight, he had crossed the 100,000 accumulated views mark.
For Ugandans that love numbers more than the actual performance, Bobi Wine cemented his place as one of the most beloved performers both in Uganda and beyond.
By surpassing 20,000 live views, Bobi Wine now makes it so hard for artistes in his league to have online concerts. At 20,000 views, Bobi Wine makes himself a yardstick that if many are not sure about beating it, they would rather sit out the excitement.
And you clearly understand them, think about it, would you rather be a Bebe Cool that didn’t attempt to have an online show or one that did and failed to get a paltry 10,000 viewers?