“Musical innovation is full of danger to the whole state, and ought to be prohibited. When modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the state always change with them,” Plato. That’s how we ended the last post. As I said, the above quote by Plato looks more like a warning. However, it is a wakeup call for artistes who think about the welfare of their fans and followers.
We have seen the connection between music as a tool for political expression in many cultures. There are artists that have transmitted strong political messages in their songs. Music has been used as a tool for raising awareness and advocacy in many countries. Most recently, we have seen the case of Bobi Wine (Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu), a Ugandan musician who is also member of parliament.
After the 2016 elections in Uganda, Bobi wine released a song, “Situka!” which he used to challenge Ugandan politicians to work towards ending corruption and injustice in the country. Checkout this lines from the song: “When the going gets tough, the tough must get going, especially when our Leaders have become Misleaders and Mentors have become Tormentors. When freedom of expression is met with suppression and oppression.”
Bobi Wine became very famous for championing the victories of many candidates he supported during by-elections beating candidates of the dictatorial party in power. His arrest on August 15, 2018 did not only lead to demonstrations in Uganda, but affected neighboring Kenya as Kenyan MPs threatened to stage demonstrations in Kampala if he wasn’t released within a week. The mention of the name Bobi Wine in Uganda makes authorities shiver. He is not just an artiste but a face that stands for the suffering Ugandans.
Bobi Wine has been campaigning and fighting hard to end the 35 year rule of president of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. It’s journey that’s tough and demanding owing Museveni has used the police and the military to suppress opposition against him and Bobi Wine has not been an exception.
Most people in Uganda are tired with president Museveni leadership which most term dictatorial and arrogant. Museveni has ruled Uganda with an Iron fist ensuring he uses the police and the military to deal with his critics something Ugandans are heavily against a reason they might elect Bobi Wine.