SBS 25 MAR 2020
Coronavirus has, without a doubt, instilled fear in almost everyone on the face of the earth. In Uganda, many have been kept on their toes as we look out for what may follow. The bad news is that everyone is a potential victim, but the good news is that everyone is a potential solution. These are the introductory lyrics in Bobi Wine’s new Coronavirus song (Coronavirus Alert).
Ugandan artistes can be such a creative lot if they choose to. In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, a drop of their creativity is what we all needed to get relieved of the fear. In this one, Bobi Wine and Nubian Li expound more on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and how to avoid it. Speaking about the signs, Bobi Wine borrows a Runyankole word, Okwetsyamula, as has been frequently used by the president of late to caution people about sneezing in public during these times.
The video of the song was shot inside a recording studio with just three people, following the guidelines against converging in gatherings of more than 10 people.
In the same vein of turning the Corona Virus misfortune around, musician Bebe Cool together with other artistes including A Pass, Fresh Kid, John Blaq, Vinka and Azawie also hit the studio to record a joint song about the virus.
This, unlike Bobi Wine’s song, is an all-star song that is yet to be released.
The song dubbed Corona Distance is still in the studio and Bebe Cool continues to invite several other musicians to take part in it in a bid to instil confidence among the citizenry and themselves.
Typical of Ugandan music fans, the two songs have already started attracting debate about which one is better.
This is obviously because of the Bobi Wine-Bebe Cool effect, but perhaps this is a discussion for another day. For now, let us wait and watch how far the two songs go. Still talking Coronavirus, the number of celebrities, especially those who had travelled abroad recently, have gone ahead to test for COVID-19.
Among these is musician Spice Diana who had travelled to Canada via Dubai and Tanzania and Judith Heard, a socialite, also tested for the disease upon return from Tanzania. We are yet to receive their test results. Several other celebrities like Eddy Kenzo and Ahumuza Brian, both of who travelled during the pandemic threat, are yet to test for the same.