Uganda’s music scene has witnessed a remarkable transformation in recent days, with Ugandan singer and songwriter Big Eye Starboss emerging as the country’s most sought-after artiste. This unexpected turn of events follows Big Eye’s warm welcome and endorsement by Ugandan singer-turned-politician, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine.
The shift in Big Eye’s fortunes, from facing hostility for supporting the ruling party NRM to becoming the most booked artiste in Uganda, is nothing short of a testament to the transformative power of politics and music in the nation. Big Eye Starboss, whose real name is Ibrahim Mayanja, has had his fair share of struggles as an artist in Uganda.
Known for his talent and catchy music, he found himself in a precarious position due to his affiliation with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. The controversial political landscape in Uganda caused a divide among fans, and Big Eye bore the brunt of this division. His public support for NRM often led to hostile reactions from audiences, sometimes to the extent of bottles being thrown at him during his performances. For a time, it appeared that his music career might be in jeopardy.
However, the tides have turned for Big Eye Starboss, and the catalyst for this transformation is none other than the charismatic and influential Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, who is better known as Bobi Wine. Bobi Wine, a renowned musician himself, transitioned into politics and is the leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP), a formidable political force in Uganda.
Big Eye’s decision to cross over from NRM to the NUP has proven to be a game-changer for his career. His move into the political sphere aligns with the massive popularity and influence that Bobi Wine has amassed over the years. Bobi Wine’s support has worked as a magic wand, reshaping the narrative surrounding Big Eye’s music career.
In a matter of days after joining NUP and receiving the blessings of Bobi Wine, Big Eye Starboss found himself in high demand within the entertainment industry. He revealed that he is now the most booked artiste in Uganda, a significant shift from the days when he was shunned by some sections of his audience. The newfound support from Bobi Wine’s camp has brought about a remarkable transformation in Big Eye’s professional life.
Big Eye’s music career has been reignited, and his performances are no longer marred by political hostility. Audiences have embraced him with open arms, and the bookings have been flooding in, making him one of the most sought-after artistes in the country.