Recently elected Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu popularly known Bibi Wine, is set to swear in on Tuesday afternoon during the plenary sitting of the House.
As he makes his official entry into the August house, the musician turned politician is being courted by both sides of the house, the ruling NRM party and the opposition, to work with them by signing a memorandum of understanding with either of them.
Kyagulanyi insists he is an independent MP whose interests are in serving the people of Kyadondo East and he has little interest in aligning himself with either side. The man who was previously held the moniker of “Ghetto president” says he is not up for sale in Parliament.
However, the new MP added that he is open to cooperating with both NRM and the Opposition on matters of national interest and development.
Last week, while at the vigil of deceased former Democratic President Ssebaana Kizito at his home in Kansanga, Kampala, Kyagulanyi shock hands with President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the NRM party chairman. Some of his supporters did not take kindly to this gesture and protested on social media.
But Kyagulanyi says as a civil man, he had to show r spect to the country’s chief executive officer and fountain on honour.
Kyagulanyi has invited his former opponents to the celebration as a sign that he wants to work with them to develop the constituency.
Kyagulanyi insists he is an independent MP whose interests are in serving the people of Kyadondo East and he has little interest in aligning himself with either NRM or the opposition.
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Bobi Wine Biography
Bobi Wine was born on the 12th of February in 1982 in Mpigi District south west of Kampala capital. He had a TV reality show dubbed Ghetto President Reality Tv show that was all about caring for his children. This made him be appointed as the parenting ambassador by ‘Twaweza’
Bobi Wine Education
His problems taught him innovation. He would spread the word and after school charge students fifty shillings (less than quarter a dollar) per head and he would jam! He got into trouble with the school administration but that was the way he made his pocket money at school.
By the end of his ‘O’ level he had composed many songs but had no money to record. It was one of the most disheartening things in his pursuit of his musical dream.
In ’98 after his ‘A’ level, he finally saved some money over the years to record and managed to make four tracks; Kalyonso, Doreen, Namulembe but they were of very low quality. They therefore did not receive any credit or attention. That didn’t faze him. He increased his intensity of odd jobs like collecting edible grasshoppers for sale in his vacation.
Bobi Wine Music Journey
Bobi Wine started making music in the early 2000s. His first singles were Akagoma, Funtula, and Sunda (featuring Ziggy D), which brought Wine into the limelight.He was previously part of the group Fire Base Crew. Later he formed a new group, Ghetto Republic of Uganja, which he leads
Then he tried his luck again in 2000, and recorded Abakyala, this didn’t do well either. By then he was in his first year in Makerere University and made mud bricks during his free time. He also did painting, while he was a porter at a building site.
“I wasn’t afraid of my friends disrespecting me because they understood my situation. Besides I am not after giving a false impression of myself so I could go work and perform at occasions like Karaoke in nightspots around the city.”
Then finally, the chance to record again came and Bobi managed to record his song “Akagoma” meaning ‘the drum’.
He had to do it within thirty minutes because he was in through backdoor connections. And when thirty minutes was up he was kicked out. I thank those guys.” This song later became a hit and played on radio and nightclubs around the country. Finally Bobi Wine got room to breathe.
He loves the reggae/dancehall style because he feels, that’s the best way he can express himself. And also it is the best medium to communicate content and message. It is because he has something to say and that’s the best medium for it. It is music for his people, the poor where he comes from. Artists like Buju Banton, Bennie Man, Sizzla, Shabba, Bob Marley and Bounty Killer are the major inspirations for his music.
He is a holder of a bachelor’s degree in music dance and drama at the prestigious Makerere University, the biggest University in East and Central Africa. Bobi Wine’s repertoire includes albums like ‘Kagoma, Namulime, Wendi, Bada, Kiwani Mazimawanvu to mention but a few.
From nothing in the 1998’s when he began his career to the biggest artist in Uganda today. Bobi Wine is the holder of 3 PAM Awards including Artist of the year 2006.
Bobi Wine has performed in Sweden, England, USA, South Africa and all over East Africa. He has also been featured on almost every major concert in Uganda including concerts featuring international artists like T.O.K, Shaggy, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Sean Paul, Buju Banton. With his crew, the Firebase, which includes himself the president, Buchaman the vice president, Nubian lee the prime minister, and the rest of the cabinet.
He now owns a stuido where all the Fire Base music is recorded now.
Bobi Wine is currently venturing into movies and recently starred in a movie carrying the same title as one of his latest hits ‘Ghetto /Divizionz’ and the movie has won awards all over the world . He has also gone into boxing proffesionally that he recentlly won a fight by a OK. As a socially responsible person, he supports his community whenever he has an opportunity and in his own words, he says “Bobi Wine is a good ghetto youth ready to help the ghetto people and I thank God for everything he has done for me, my wife and for giving me a beautiful Children”.
Bobi Wine Songs
- Abalungi Balumya
- Mr. Money
- Njagala Obuto
- Ayagala Mulaasi
- Bad Man from Kamwokya
- Little things you do
- Na Na Na
- Bobi Wange
- Dipo Nazigala
- Mukama Yampa
- Buliwo N’ogenda
- In a De Dance
- Turn Yo Body
- Butyampa Rmx
- Abavuka Mubayambe
- Taata Ne Maama
Bobi Wine Awards and Nominations
Bobi Wine -Awards
- 2005 Pearl of Africa Music Awards – Song of the Year (“Mama Mbiire” with Juliana Kanyomozi)
- 2006 Pearl of Africa Music Awards – Artiste of the Year & Best Afro Beat Single(“Bada”)
- 2007 Pearl of Africa Music Awards – Best Afro-Beat Artiste/Group Best Afro-Beat Single (“Kiwani”)
- 2008 Pearl of Africa Music Awards – Best Afro-Beat Artiste/Group Museke
- 2013 HiPipo Music Awards – Best Afrobeat Song (“Jennifer”)
Bobi Wine -Nominated
- 2006 Tanzania Music Awards – Best East African Album (“Mama Mbiire”)
- 2007 Kisima Music Awards – Best Song Uganda (“Bada”)
- 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards – Best Video (“Little Things You Do” with Wahu) Museke
- 2013 HiPipo Music Awards – Best Dancehall/Ragga Song (“By Far”)
Bobi Wine Philanthropy
In July 2012, Bobi Wine started a campaign to promote more regular cleaning in hospitals, and more attention to sanitization, garbage management, and hand washing to prevent disease. A YouTube video from September 2012 shows Bobi joining Kampala mayor Elias Lukwago in cleaning up Kamwokya, the slum neighbourhood where he grew up.
Also in 2012, Bobi donated funds to build pit latrines and construct a drainage channel in Kisenyi II, a Kampala slum that New Vision, a major local newspaper, described as being “characterized by filth, crowded shanty structures, poor sanitation and lack of basic social facilities.” The newspaper quoted Wine as explaining “I am doing this because these are my people, and no matter where I go, this will always be home.”
He has also campaigned for malaria prevention, with donations to the Nakasongola Health Centre, and reference to the disease in his songs. “Malaria is more dangerous than Al-Shabab” became a popular refrain in one of his 2010 songs.
He visited the Bundibugyo Refugee Camp in Rwenzori region in August 2013, along with representatives from Save the Children , UNHCR and the Red Cross to deliver funds and supplies. The same year, Bobi was appointed Parenting Ambassador by Twaweza, a NGO that focuses on education and citizen engagement in East Africa; his message in this partnership was to promote responsible parenting among his Ugandan fans. “Education is what will ultimately change the course of our country and as an artiste and a father, I believe we can all make a difference in our children’s learning,” he said.
In November 2013, he held what local media reported to be Uganda’s first large-scale free entry album launch concert, at the Lugogo Cricket Oval, a very large venue, where donations were collected by the Red Cross for victims of landslides in Bududa in Eastern Uganda.
In 2014, Bobi Wine was appointed a Save the Children Ambassador for their EVERY ONE Campaign, and joined a team of 14 Ugandan artists who recorded a special song and video about maternal and child health. Other leading Uganda artists in the video included Jose Chameleone, and Radio and Weasel, who make up the Goodlyfe Crew. Bobi and his wife Barbie (Kyagulanyi Barbie Itungo) traveled to hospitals throughout Uganda – including Nakaseke Hospital, meeting with midwives and health workers, to popularize the campaign. Save the Children also took Bobi to other regions with the EVERY ONE Campaign, including a refugee camp for South Sudanese.
Bobi Wine Family
Bobi married his long-time partner Barbie Itungo, whom he met at Makerere University, in August 2011. Together they have four children: Solomon Kampala Nyanzi, Shalom Namagembe, Shadraq Shilling Mbogo and one due in August, 2015.
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