Bobi Wine Goes Global with The Coronavirus Song
Ugandan Reggae/dancehall musician turned politician, Bobi Wine is in the news again. But not for a political controversy. This time it’s his music that is making an international impact with the recent release of his Coronavirus Song. Within just a few hours of its release, Robert Kyagulangi alias Bobi Wine and Nubian Lee’s song was making a mark across the globe.
Bobi Wine, teamed with his long-time collaborator, Nubian Lee, to write and record the song with music producer, Sir Dan Magic. The song encouraged Ugandans to be careful and practice proper hygiene. They also called for unity to combat the dangerous coronavirus pandemic. Within moments of its release the song blew up on social media. On his Facebook page, it garnered 31.1thousand likes 4.4 thousand comments and 123.7 shares. On Instagram, the video tallied 36,225 views. On YouTube the video was viewed 680,883 in five days.
The Coronavirus Song not only went viral on social media but was featured on Cable News Network (CNN). Other networks joined to with features on Aljazeera, Voice of America, Citizen Tv. All networks mentioned the song in their broadcast or on their page posts. The World Health Organization also recognized the song by posting it on their official Facebook account.
Ugandan officials have expressed their support for the song including Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Robert Kabushenga. Many Ugandan journalists also commended the work of the Presidential hopeful. Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness gave support to the song on his Facebook page. The Prime Ministers noted, “International Afrobeats artiste, Bobi Wine, took to the studio to record a powerful song about the coronavirus. His message is that everyone is at risk, but equally, each of us can be the solution if we take personal responsibility and play our part.
Take a listen.”
In turn Bobi Wine gave the Jamaican Prime Minister a big shout out on his Facebook page. The Ugandan MP noted, “Salutations to you Most Honourable Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Thank you for the great work you are doing to keep Jamaica safe and healthy in these turbulent times… Rooting for you, the great people of Jamaica and the people of the world as we all confront this global #COVID19 pandemic. In solidarity, we shall win this war.
Bobi Wine is no stranger to Jamaica and has visited the island on a few occasions collaborating with Jamaican artists including Mr G. In 2019 he gave a masterful performance at the famous Rebel Salute.