It is now written in history that Ugandan veteran musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine is the first East African artiste to perform at one of Jamaica’s oldest two-day Reggae Music festivals Rebel Salute which took place from Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th of January at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove located in ST Ann Parish, Jamaica.
Although he had announced that he was going to take to stage at 11 AM (3 AM Jamaican time), it didn’t go as planned as he finally took to the stage at a few minutes past 5 AM (1 PM East African Time), making it up to the thousands of his Ugandan and African fans who were watching live on the different social media platforms.
Clad in maroon pants, a long sleeved shirt and a red beret, the self styled Ghetto President came to the stage performing late singer Philly Bongole Lutaaya’s ‘Born In Africa’ cover before he switched to his own song, singing ‘Time Bomb’, ‘Mr Kataala’, ‘By Far’ before finalising his live performance with ‘Freedom’
He had a special time to observe the presence of the Jamaican and Barbados prime ministers who were watching him perform.
He also did not hesitate to share with the revellers his August 2018 ordeal where he was allegedly brutalized and detained by the Special Forces soldiers during the Arua Municipality MP by elections
“Simply because I sing the truth, the military government sent the military to arrest and shoot my driver. They arrested, beat and put me in military detention because I speak the truth. They think they can intimidate me but they forget I was born in the ghetto, grew up in the ghetto , suffered in the ghetto, died in the ghetto and resurrected from the ghetto” Bobi Wine said
Organised by veteran Reggae artiste Tony Rebel, Rebel Salute which is a music festival aimed a preservation of Reggae and Conscious Dancehall music stated in 1994. Being a Rasta event, no alcohol and meat is allowed
Watch Bobi Wine performing at Rebel Salute 2019 in Jamaica