CELEBRITY FOCUS: How Jovan Luzinda abandoned football for music

The saying ‘the first cut is the deepest‘ can’t be any truer for Jovan Luzinda, a budding talent with Da Nu Eagles band, after he dumped his footballing skills to pursue a career in music.

For over two years now, Jovan Luzinda has made a name for himself in the domestic contemporary music spheres with hit songs like Ninga Mutamiivu, True Love, Mpedde Maama, Emboseera, Ndoola, among others.

Ladies love his looks and his lazy eyes seem to buy him the softest spot in most women’s hearts before his soothing lyrics create even a deeper connection.

Not many of his fans however realize that he is as good a football player as he is a singer. He dumped the sport he loved as a child and he seems to have a few regrets for the decision.

Luzinda was born (24th November 1992) and bred in Lugazi to Salongo Samuel Luzinda and Eva Nantongo. He is the third born in a family of five.

As I was growing up, I played football for my Primary school (Winston, Najjanankumbi) until secondary school life at Lugazi Parents S.S.S. By that time, I could also compose my own songs and sing as well.

Jovan Luzinda

He was inspired by former Arsenal, Monaco, and France international footballer Thierry Henry.

His early footballing years at his birthplace in Lugazi were cut short when he shifted base to Makindye – a Kampala city suburb famous for its lifestyle and breeding several Ugandan musicians.

In 2015, Luzinda remembers getting closer to Geofrey Lutaaya, a man he considers his musical godfather and role model for inspiring and luring him into taking on music as an actual career.

Arguably, Lutaaya has been the alpha and omega of my singing career thus far. He is more than a father to me with good advice. He has always motivated me with good advice and encouraged me as well.

Just like his musical godfather, Luzinda is an ardent fan of the popular Express Football Club. He adores the Red Eagles to the last drop in his blood.

One of his most special music attributes is his unique art and skill of writing music. He has blessed other artists with some of his literature and made his own collection of people’s favorite songs.

Despite being too involved in the music, he has managed to keep one foot in the football business, often sacrificing time off studio sessions to find some few hours to practice light football drills with his friends.

I love football very much. I may not be playing it professionally, but, I admit, it has also marketed me in a way or the other. I also play for fun with friends to network and keep fit as well.

For more inspiration, Jovan Luzinda looks unto Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, also a singer, Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu a.k.a Bobi Wine.

Is there enough time and space for him at stadiums both as a singer and a footballer in the future? Well, that is entirely up to him but whichever he chooses to do, he has the undoubted ability to execute.

We wish him the very best.

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