Desire Luzinda is a Ugandan US California-based recording, performing artiste, philanthropist, and founder, of Desire Luzinda Foundation International (DLFI) established on June 5, 2021.
With influences from songbirds Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, Desire Luzinda is an inspiring icon in the society today. Luzinda sings in Luganda, English, and Swahili.
Born Racheal Desire Luzinda on 15 August 1980 at Mulago Referral Hospital, Desire Luzinda was raised in Uganda by her parents Mr and Mrs Luzinda.
Desire Luzinda’s father pursued education and was a Cabinet Minister during Amin’s regime and Member of the Legislature in the mid 90s.
She went to Buganda Road for Primary one to seven. She then joined Omega College and Makerere High School for A-level education.
Desire Luzinda enrolled for a bachelor’s degree in Development Economics at Makerere University and stopped in year two following a busy music schedule.
In 2020, Desire Luzinda graduated as a Medical Assistant at San Leandro Adult School in California.
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Desire Luzinda’s Afrobeat Pop music journey kicked off after high school. She went to Fenon events and recorded her first song ‘Nakowa Emikwano’ in 2006.
On Friday 13 June 2008, Desire Luzinda launched Nkomyewo debut EP at Hotel Africana featuring other acts like K-Lyinn (Tanzania), Juliana Kanyomozi, Bebe Cool, Bobi Wine, Blu*3, Jose Chameleone, Sarah Zawedde, Obsessions and Qute Kaye.
More of her early releases include Mubite, Nyumirwa Nyo, Anything For You, Ddobo, Buliwendi, Stay With Me (Ft. D-BLACK), Lwaki, Tononya (Ft. Radio & Weasel), Nkyomyewo, Nina Omwami, Equation, Fitting (Ft. Radio & Weasel) and Kitone.
On 9 October 2013, Desire performed in Berlin, Germany, Holland (Netherlands) and other neighboring countries for the Independence festivals alongside Coco Finger.
On 6 June 2014, Desire held her maiden VIP music concert at the Kampala Serena Hotel dubbed ‘Black and White’ concert.
Part of the proceeds went towards supporting the little angels in Ibanda Babies Home. She partnered with companies KFM, NBS TV, Power Horse, Face TV, Silk Events and Dembe FM to make this a success.
On 13 September 2014, Desire performed at the United Kingdom convention. This live concert dubbed the ‘UK-Ugandan Affair’ featured other Ugandan artistes Judith Babirye and Ronald Mayinja at Troxy Arena in London.
In November 2014, Desire Luzinda was hosted on the Sporah TV show. The discussion was centered around Desire Luzinda’s motherhood, music and concerts all around the world.
On 10 March 2015 Desire Luzinda performed in Congo Brazzaville where she traveled with her band assemble to entertain her inter-continental fans based in Congo.
On 3 September 2016, Desire Luzinda performed for her South African fans at the third edition of Starqt Awards giving gala held at Legislature City Hall in Johannesburg South Africa.
On 8 December 2017 Desire performed as one of the main acts at The Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards 2017 at the Kampala Serena Hotel themed the Fashion Takeover, celebrating the business and entrepreneurial potential of the fashion industry in Africa.
The event was hosted by Nana Akua and produced by South Africa’s David Tlale alongside Musicians Mafikizolo, Eddy Kenzo and Sheebah Karungi .
On 3 August 2018, Desire Luzinda held the Transition Album Launch at Sky Lounge in Kampala. Desire Luzinda said in a bid to turn her life around, it took her three years to make up her mind to become a born-again Christian.
‘Transition’ was a 17-track LP with songs Onkolela, Stood In The Gap, Lwakisa, Maanyi Gamukyala, Kale, Love Yo, Kimala, What a Man, Kiwujjo, Nyo Nyo Dala, Be There, Ziba Ziba, Ondeka, Never Let You Go, Nkwasaganya, Damn (Ft Choozen Blood) and Pocket Money. ‘Transition’ is available on platforms like iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, Shazam, YouTube, Deezer, Napster and BoomPlay Music.
On 5 June 2021 at her NGO launch, Desire Luzinda performed with a 6-piece band. She had not performed for her local fans for many years.
The event was organized and publicized by Bryan Morel Publications. Production was done by Fenon events and the VIP coveted evening had guests marvel at the lighting and sound which gave the event a classy corporate feel.
Desire Luzinda performed covers of gospel songs like Imela by Nathaniel Basset featuring Enitan Adaba, Never Give Up by Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Because He Lives by Gaither Vocal Band and Guy Penrod, Grace/ Call me Favour by Deborah Lukalu.
In attendance were Apostle Grace Lubega of Phaneroo Ministries, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, Hon. Miria Matembe, Pastor Edwin Musiime, Hon. Nyeko Derick, amongst other eminent figures.
Radio and TV career
Desire Luzinda worked as a live media presenter with WBS TV 2005 to 2007.
Desire later joined Dembe FM where she worked on an evening drive show with Kasuku, Mayende and Orlando from February to October 2011 in Uganda Kampala.
Desire Luzinda is a mother of a one Michelle Heather Kaddu who was born on 1 July in 2004. Michelle was born in Uganda and lives in California, USA where she also goes to school.
Desire Luzinda put her music career on hold so that she could give her daughter all of her attention and focus on her growth.
- Nyumirwa nyo
- Anything for you
- Love yo
- Lwaki wekoza
- Mubya love
- Nyo dala
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