In secondary school
he experienced set backs as his problems became more complicated.
"I used to have no money for uniforms and my mother was
doing her best to cater for my fees and the family. So I had
to go around doing odd jobs like collecting water for money
and things like that."
If his problems
taught him anything, definitely innovation was one of them.
"Underground shows with a Walkman, a borrowed amplifier
and a speaker was how I used to make ends meet. I would spread
the word and after school charge students fifty shillings (less
than half dollar) per head and we would jam! I got into trouble
with the school administration but that was the way I made my
By the end of
his 'O' levels he had composed many songs but had no money to
record. It was one of the most disheartening things in his pursuit
of his musical dream.
"We would listen to the local songs on radio and know we
could do better, but the expensive rates would just keep us
from recording our numbers. I know of many good artists, some
better than I who gave up because it wasn't worth it. It was
In '98 after his
'A' levels, he finally saved some money over the years to record
and managed to make four tracks; Kalyonso, Doreen, Namulembe
but they were of very low quality. They therefore did not receive
any credit or attention. That didn't faze him. He increased
his intensity of odd jobs like collecting edible grasshoppers
for sale in his vacation.
Then he tried
his luck again in 2000, and recorded Abakyala, this didn't do
well either. By then he was in his first year in Makerere University
and made mud bricks during his free time. He also did painting,
while he was a porter at a building site.
I wasn't afraid of
my friends disrespecting me because they understood
my situation. Besides I am not after giving a false
impression of myself so I could go work and perform
at occasions like Karaoke in nightspots around the
late last year the chance to record again came and Bobi managed
to record his song "Akagoma" meaning 'the drum'.
" I had to do it within thirty minutes because I was in
through backdoor connections. And when thirty minutes was up
I was kicked out. I thank those guys." This song later
became a hit and is now the latest radio and nightclub craze.
Finally Mr. Bobi Wine has room to breathe.
With an album
spanning six tracks like Angel featuring his long time musical
friend, Parrot, the album is definitely a must hear. This album
is the characteristic of Ugandan talent and definitely Mr. Bobi
Wine is destined for greater heights.