Only those willing to die poor join politics, says Bebe Cool

KAMPALA. Egocentric singer Bebe Cool will never contest for political office because it he “likes being rich and politicians can’t be rich.”

Bebe Cool was speaking to a Kenyan television station when asked about his nemesis Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine who last week won a thumping by-election to become MP-elect for Kyaddondo East constituency.

“My father once did (contest for political office) but I am not into politics… No I like being rich and I don’t think politicians can be rich,” Bebe Cool, real name Moses Ssali and son of former Local Government minister and one time presidential candidate, said.

Nonetheless, he described Bobi Wine’s victory as good for the music industry.

“One of the reasons why I am very appreciative of that move is because it is important for African leadership to respect the music industry. We know the audiences we have and we know the audiences trust who we are,” Bebe Cool, who last week left the social media talking when he defended mockery from a section of users that sought to attack his wife Zuena after Bobi Wine’s win, said.

He said the victory will push the leaders to fund the music industry for they are now aware of the influence musicians wield.

“The reason our music industry in Africa is behind is because our governments have not been investing direct finances into the (music) industry but now, that’s a point to note. You have to know that once an artist has numbers, he can probably be using the numbers at the right time. Now Bobi Wine has just used his numbers at the right time,” Bebe Cool said.

Bebe Cool is in Kenya for Coke Studio Africa where he is hoping to record more songs in collaboration with some of Africa’s finest artistes on the show.



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