FILE PHOTO: Ugandan musician turned politician, Robert Kyagulanyi also called Bobi Wine sits within the dock on the Buganda Street Chief Justice of the Peace Courtroom, in Kampala, Uganda February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa
March 25, 2020
KAMPALA (Reuters) – A Ugandan musician and political challenger to the nation’s getting old chief launched a song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUHrck2g7Ic&feature=youtu.be on Wednesday to assist efforts to stem the unfold of coronavirus within the east African nation.
Within the song, 38 year-old Robert Kyagulanyi, who additionally goes by his stage title Bobi Wine, and fellow artist Nubian Li, croon to a tune laced with East Africa’s signature rhumba melodies concerning the significance of non-public hygiene.
Additionally they exhort folks to usually wash palms, maintain a distance and look out for signs like fever and cough.
Uganda on Wednesday confirmed 5 extra instances of COVID-19, bringing its tally to 14, 4 days after it recorded its first affected person.
“The bad news is that everyone is a potential victim,” Kyagulanyi says within the lyrics.
“But the good news is that everyone is a potential solution.”
President Yoweri Museveni’s authorities has already taken a raft of measure together with sealing off borders, closing bars, and banning public gatherings to comprise the outbreak.
Music has beforehand been instrumental in tackling different outbreaks in Uganda.
Songs about HIV/AIDS by one other Ugandan crooner Philly Bongoley Lutaaya, who would later die of the illness, helped unfold consciousness within the 1980s and 90s and convey down sky-high an infection charges.
Kyagulanyi, lengthy dubbed the “Ghetto President” for his star energy and songs highlighting city poverty, has been a headache to the ruling social gathering since becoming a member of politics in 2017.
After declaring he desires to stand for president, he shortly emerged as a formidable opponent of Museveni, who has dominated since 1986 and is extensively anticipated to stand for re-election.
Joel Ssenyonyi, Kyagulanyi’s spokesman, advised Reuters the singer had distributed press releases on COVID-19 and handed out jerry cans and cleaning soap to drive up hand washing in communities.
“One other creative way of communicating is through music,” Ssenyonyi stated. “Most people love to listen to music so what better way to put across a message than through music.”
In Senegal, activist hip-hop group Y’en a Marre have recorded a rap about washing palms, disposing of used tissues and avoiding crowds of their newest launch: ‘Shield against Coronavirus.’
(Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; modifying by Omar Mohammed and Alexandra Hudson)