Bobi Wine aka Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu is a Ugandan Artiste with very humble beginings, growing up in the ghettos of Kamwokya, a suburb of Kampala.. He went to Makerere University in Kampala, started doing music as early as 1996. Bobi Wine’s break through song was the hit single Kagoma which went on to top music charts for more than six months. With the success of Kagoma, Bobi Wine was brought into the limelight.
Bobi Wine has got more than forty hit songs. These include Taata wa Baana, Maama Mbire, Wendi, Wesotinge, Adam Ne Kawa, Abulungi Balumya, Mazzi Mawanzu, Ghetto, Mr. Money and Carolina among others. Bobi Wine is also known as Ghetto President by his fans and he leads the Fire Base Crew.
He is a source of inspiration to several Ghetto people in Uganda and liked by many other top Ugandan artists, He is generally greatly loved, and his music is greatly embraced at the grass-roots level and has been praised for singing meaningful music.
Bobi Wine is also a movie actor, mainly starring a few local movies commonly known as Binayugandda. He is well known for his love of cars and has quite a fleet of them, including the famous American SUV the Escalade. Bobi Wine is also associated with a famous TV show that is filmed at his plush lake-view mansion.
Bobi ‘s lyrics often promote advocacy for ghetto-residents in Uganda. He has supported several practical projects to improve conditions for the poor.In July 2012, he 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 and the New Vision, 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.
FAMOUS QUOTES FROM BOBI
” I love the reggae/dancehall style because I feel that’s the best way I can express myself. And also it is the best medium to communicate content and message. It is because I have something to say and that’s the best medium for it. It is music for my people, the poor where I come from.
Artists like Shabba and Bounty Killer are the major inspirations for my music. I chose music because I never had real happiness in life, it’s the only thing that consoles me.”
So here’s musicuganda’s favorite question; what has been his best and worst moment in his music career?
“The world is looking for somebody to do something, not explain why he did not.”