Rebel Salute: Bobi Wine invited to sing at Jamaica reggae festival

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Bobi Wine invited to perform in Jamaica

Ugandan singing politician, MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, will perform at the “Rebel Salute 2019” which was this month launched at Pegasus hotel in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica.

“Rebel salute, this is Bobi Wine representing from Uganda…and I will be there on the 18th and 19th of January 2019,” Bobi Wine confirmed in a video shared by his bodyguard, Eddie Mutwe.

“I say we are fighting for freedom,” Bobi Wine sang in the video shot from a national park.

He is seen holding a black stuff with a green, yellow, white, red and black coloured cloth that looks like a Jamaican flag.

Rebel Salute is a two-night Roots Reggae Festival in Jamaica promoted by the veteran artist Tony Rebel. It takes place in Jamaica annually in mid-January.

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Rebel Salute has blossomed into a cultural institution. It provides a medium for enlightened and inspired expressions in music and serves as a conduit for the voices of emerging cultural artistes.

The ‘Rising Star’ segment of the show has become a literal launching pad for many entertainers.

According to a Jamaican reggae website reggaeville.com, the 26th edition takes place in three weeks: January 18 & 19, 2019 at Grizzlys Plantation Cove in Priory, St. Ann (Jamaica).

“Uganda, this is no propaganda. Bobi Wine in Jamaica…Rebel Salute talking all the truth,” legend Tony Rebel confirmed in a video.

Bobi Wine is among the first five on Tony Rebel’s line-up of artistes to perform at the event.

They include; Agent Sasco, Anthony Malvo, [Bobi Wine], Brian Anu Gold, Bushman, Capleton, Cat Coore, Chalice, Chezidek, Chi Ching Ching, Dawn Penn, Half Pint, Horace Andy, Jah Bouks, Jesse Royal, Ken Boothe, King Kong, Koffee, Leroy Gibbons, Leroy Smart, Louie Culture.

Others are; Luciano, Marcia Aitken, Marvin Moore, Mykal Rose, Mighty Diamonds, Mr. Easy, Mr. Vegas, Nesbeth, Pato Ranking, Perfect Giddimani, Queen Ifrica, Ras Takura, Rodney Price aka Bounty Killer, Shalom, Terry, Ganzi, The Wailers, Turbulence, Wailing Souls, Wayne Marshall, Wayne Wonder and Yellowman.

Rebel Salute is a celebration of Reggae

Jamaican minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, said next year’s staging of Rebel Salute will be a celebration of “the role played historically by Reggae music in the liberation of oppressed people across the world”.

Minister Grange made the comment on Thursday (27 December) at the launch of the 2019 edition of Rebel Salute, which will be one of the first major Reggae music festivals in Jamaica since Reggae music was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the end of November.

The Minister said “we had to fight” for this inscription, which is something that we must “never take for granted.”

According to Minister Grange:  “Among the signature features of Rebel Salute is its unabashed presentation of our Jamaican and African heritage. Tony Rebel and Rebel Salute understand the importance of presenting to our people the dignity and integrity of our African ancestry as represented by the Rastafari culture and ideology. It is about inspiring our people to stand proud in promoting our heritage.”

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