Hot out of the production studio is musician Bobi Wine’s video of the song Engule.
The musician first ‘sampled’ the song during his Kyarenga concert but it quickly became a ‘freedom’ anthem of sorts. The song calls upon Ugandans to ‘get national IDs in order to enjoy shiny crowns in the future.’
On New Year’s Eve, the musician performed the song for the last time at the Buganda Kingdom organised Enkuka show, as thousands of adoring fans cheered him. Then he announced that he was set to release the video and the world waited in anticipation.
Although basic – Bobi plays a choir master – it sounds good.
What is remarkable about the video though is the featured number of artistes. These include Nubian Li, King Saga, Dr Hilderman, Irene ntale, Irene Namatovu and surprisingly pastor Wilson Bugembe.
Although news that the good old pastor would feature in the song had filtered through, producers kept it as low key as possible. For example, at the beginning of December, Bobi Wine visited Pastor Bugembe’s New Life Church for blessings. After sharing banter, Bugembe asked Bobi to sing one song. When Bobi requested that the two musicians, who have collaborated on a song before, to sing Engule, Bugembe refused.
Bugembe is also one of the artistes who featured on Tubonga Nawe, the 2016 election song in praise of President Museveni.
It was a big surprise that Bugembe would sing the final verse of Engule to crown the song that calls for an end to land grabbing, high taxes, discrimination and dictatorship among others.
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