Monday August 18 2014

Bobi Wine's charity concert flops

Bobi Wine

The organisers planned for more chairs that the people that showed up. Photo by Micheal Kakumirizi 


The organisers prepared more seats than were occupied by revellers at the Everyone Charity Concert at Hotel Africana People’s Space on Friday.

Headlined by singer Bobi Wine (pictured) who is an ambassador of the Everyone Campaign, the gig was aimed at drumming up efforts to save mothers and babies who die every day during delivery and other related challenges. Save the Children, a local Non-Government Organisation (NGO) were major funders of the project.

Bobi Wine's wife Barbra Kyagulanyi

Bobi Wine's wife Barbra Kyagulanyi makes "that call" to her husband to break the bad news on reaching the venue. Photo by Micheal Kakumirizi

Several artistes came together to record a song, Everyone, spreading the message and the concert was intended to further promote the campaign.

“14 of Uganda’s leading music artistes have come together to produce a song for the Everyone campaign to help promote its key messages, whilst mobilising the public to take action in calling for an end to the preventable deaths of mothers and children,“ Save the Children Uganda’s Martha Parsons explained the project on NGO’s website.

Photo by Micheal Kakumirizi

Photo by Micheal Kakumirizi

However the concert more or less suffered a still birth as revellers for whom the message was intended did not turn up.

Bobi Wine, Mickie Wine, Peter Miles and Menshan, Radio and Weasel, Julie Mutesasira and Rema Namakula, among others performed.

Photo by Micheal Kakumirizi

Photo by Micheal Kakumirizi

Given that different artistes collaborated on the song, it would have been a good climax at the concert if all of them, or at least those who were present, had come together on stage and performed the song, titled Everyone, that they did for the project. Instead, the deejay simply played the song as the night’s performers and revellers left the venue when the concert ended, at 11.15pm.