UK venues ban Ugandan rapper for discriminatory lyrics

UK venues ban Ugandan rapper for discriminatory lyrics

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:23 Written by // Cec Busby

Ugandan rapper Bobi Wine has had two planned performances in the UK pulled after venues learned of the singer’s anti-LGBTI stance.

A theatre in London and a venue in Birmingham have refused to host upcoming shows by the rapper  after news surfaced the singer had written lyrics promoting violence against gay people.

Representatives from the Troxy Theatre in London and the Drum Theatre in Birmingham told gay star news they had banned Bobi Wine from appearing at their venues as they did not want to host someone who promoted discrimination.

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, is a popular singer and reality TV star in Uganda. Earlier this week news surfaced that the singer had penned a new song with lyrics that encouraged Ugandans to set fire to gay people.

Charles Drum, CEO of Drum Theatre, told gay star news he had no idea of Wine’s views when the singer was booked to appear at the venue by an external promoter.

“Unfortunately, and we make no apology for the promoter, Bobi Wine music and views are well known in Uganda but not in the UK. Therefore the level of scrutiny that applies to general programming must now be applied to commercial hires and rules will be implemented to ensure that this unfortunate situation does not reoccur,” he said.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of

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