“Jamaica, here I come!” Bobi Wine, Africa’s most influential person of 2018 shared on social media on 15th January as he left for Jamaica to perform at one of the biggest reggae festivals.
And after travelling for 36 hours from Uganda, he finally made it to Jamaica on 17th January.
Lined up among the performers on the last day of the Rebel Salute festival, Bobi Wine was never overawed by the occasion, and performed with a confidence that went over well with the audience at Rebel Salute 2019, at the Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in St Ann, Jamaica.
Along with members of his entourage, Bobi was adorned in a red beret and all the time appeared in a militant mood.
During his performance, he took time out to lash out against Uganda’s government, accusing it of oppressing the people of Uganda.
He as well spoke about his Arua by-election ordeal where his driver was shot dead while himself was arrested by military that he said tortured him and framed him after planting two high-powered assault rifles in a hotel room he occupied.
“After being poor, and by 22 owning beach front property, I thought I had achieved something. But when I looked back and saw all of my childhood friends living in poverty, I realised that wasn’t all,” Bobi said.
“I realised I had to use my music to uplift the people. As a child growing up, I watched videos of Sting, (Reggae) Sunsplash and most importantly Rebel Salute. Those videos inspired me to use my music to uplift my people.”
After humming the melody to the Punany rhythm, the chanter stopped midway his delivery and he praised the music of Jamaica for opening his eyes and mind, and those of a wide cross section of Africans who looked to the Caribbean island’s music for inspiration.
“It is your music that opened many eyes. Keep your eyes and minds on Africa,” he said.