David Lutalo is an Afro-Pop, Ugandan Vocalist, who first gained limelight with his song Kapapala
David Lutalo (born 12 September 1989) is a Ugandan musician, vocalist and a songwriter. He is one of the celebrated musicians in Uganda and his life is one of the proverbial rags to riches, at an early age.
David Lutalo is an Afro-Pop, Ugandan Vocalist, who first gained the public eye (limelight) with his satirical song “Kapapala”.
He is known by Uganda’s music audience for his distinct, high toned, sharp voice which has made him a favourite among rural and urban Ugandans.
He has been rated in some circles as the unofficial Ugandan musician of the year, in 2014 with hit songs like Akantu, Nandikulese mu Kyalo, Prettie, Sweetie among others.
He does urban Kadongo Kamu genre of music.
He is a big inspiration to the young people especially the youth who are trying to find their footprint in the music industry in Uganda.
Perhaps, Lutalo has continued to rule the Ugandan airwaves musically both on radio and television station and has appeared on so many interviews on both radio and television stations.
David Lutalo – Early Life and Education
David Lutalo was born in September 1986 to Mr Luggya Robinson (father) and Mastula Nassazi (Mother) in Luweero District which is one of the many districts in Uganda.
His father is a Born Again Christian while his Mother is a Muslim. A well-disciplined and religious family.
Lutalo’s father told his children that they were allowed to choose religion as long as one turns 20 years of age. They did not have any arguments over religion.
His mother would get up early to go pray and so did his father. Lutalo’s older siblings chose to be Adventists because that is the religion they are convinced will get them to heaven, while Lutalo is a born again and he prays at Pastor Bugembe’s church in Nasana (Light the World Church).
Lutalo attended quiet a numbery of schools that includes; Kikunyu Primary school, Balitta Lwogi Primary School where he obtained his Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) result from.
He then joined Kasana Town Academy Luwero for his high school studies, where he obtained his Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE), and after Lutalo went to Busisa Grammar for his A-Level education which ended halfway.
Lutalo studied half of S.6 because his father got some financial difficulties and he had to pay for his education. He very much wanted to finish school, he even registered for S.6, but he did not get time to attend classes because he had a busy work schedule.
He was engaged in bricklaying to raise money for his school and survival.
That’s why he dropped out of school and tried his luck in music. Lutalo began composing songs during his school times, although he could not record them at the time since he did not have the money to do so.
He composed “Kapapala while in Senior Four. At that time, Lutalo says while in the school compound, an A-Level student passed by shaking her bums and he immediately started composing the song.
Most of the songs Lutalo released, he composed them way back during his school days. He used to move with an exercise book noting down whatever amuses him and transforms it into a song.
At school, Lutalo’s was good in arts subjects, he wasn’t good in Science, because he had to compose his songs. So, there was barely time for calculations, although Lutalo’s father wanted him to be a doctor, he couldn’t afford to do music and science subjects at a go.
But Lutalo says he wants to go back to school. In his narration, he attempted to go back several times but his work schedule fails me.
Lutalo says he wants to go back to school and he hopes to pursue law or journalism, once he settles in musically. “Anyone who has not seen the blackboard is in trouble as we need to use both talent and education”.
David Lutalo Music Career
Lutalo had a passion for music and since he was willing to venture into the music business, he decided to venture into Charcoal burning to raise enough money to record his first song.
The studio he went to charged 60.000 Uganda shillings to record a song, but Lutalo could only raise 10.000 Uganda shillings.
Since he could not afford to raise the required 60.000USHs, Lutalo decided to enter into a negotiation deal with the manager of the studio until they agreed that he would pay the remaining amount of money in instalments until he completes the whole payment.
From these humble small beginnings, Lutalo was able to capture the Uganda music audience and release hit after hit like never before.
He once said during an interview on capital radio that it was tough in the beginning, especially for him to introduce his music to the audience. This was because the radio stations he took his music to were sometimes rejecting it.
Lutalo says as time went on, some radio and television stations began accepting his music and people started supporting him by requesting his music on television and radio shows.
That’s how Lutalo went through musically. From there he started performing in music shows and events on the invitation.
When Lutalo gained enough popularity among Ugandan audience, he started organising concerts which went out successfully.
David Lutalo began singing at a very tender age. He composed Batusosola song when he was in S.2, and then composed Kapaapala song when in S.4.
In Kapapala song, Lutalo praises a beautiful woman, while in other songs like Janjaba and Batusosola, the story is different, as he sings about people who try to bring others down. In-Town Y’e Katwe song, Lutalo sings about HIV/AIDs.
Lutalo’s parents knew right from his childhood that he dreamt of becoming a musician. Therefore, it did not come as a surprise to them.
They knew some of Lutalo’s earlier songs he noted down. They even used to ask him why he hasn’t recorded some of them yet.
Lutalo writes his music is inspired by the day to day happenings. However, in most of his songs Lutalo puts himself into someone’s shoes or get a theme and sing about it, he’s a creative mind.
“You have to create your things. I just composed Akantu. No girl left me.”Tweet
In some songs like Nandikulese Mukyalo and Engumba Zange, Lutalo says he sang about real-life happenings.
What motivated David Lutalo to sing Engumba Zange is because everyone dies, that’s why he thought of singing about death.
He says whenever he performs the song many people cry, but for him, he feels happy from the bottom of his heart while performing the song, because it shows him that what he has sung has had an impact on People’s lives.
Lutalo did not create a stage name like other musicians have done, according to him there’s was no need to adopt a new name. He has to be David Lutalo which is his real name.
But surprisingly, being a born again Christian, Lutalo does secular music. He says church and music are two different things, he does not take his celebrity status to church.
When it’s time to pray, he prays and before he composes a song, he prays to God to grant him the perfect words that will impact people’s hearts’, so that the song does not bring shame to God.
Lutalo believes that his music life is a calling from God. God is the one that has called him to sing gospel songs like Ayi Mukama, Mukama Akusinbye Amaso Abiri and other songs he says he’s yet to compose.
“As a musician, I do not focus on one thing. I can sing any style of music. I sing for all sorts of people, be it in Kampala or Masaka.”Tweet
Lutalo has been an active musician since 2007, with several solo songs to his name that includes;
- Nandikulese Mukyalo
- Far Away
- Eat Zote
- Koowa Emikwano
- Scott Ezra
- Wa Gyetugenda
- Ayi Mukama
- Twala Byange
- Amasanyu Mubufumbo
- So Nice
- Nkwagalira Ddala
- Kapapala which is his first Album having six songs
- Janjaba – 2009
- Mile – (feat. Solidstar Shaba)
- Okutte Wagumu – 2012
- Nakusiima – 2019
- Mapenzi – 2014
- Far Away – 2014
- So Nice 2019
- Ngumba Zange – 2012
- Mapenzi – 2014
- Far Away – 2014
Lutalo has several collaborations with;
- Eddy Kenzo and Ziza Bafana in his Mugumu song.
- Bebe Cool – In I can see the song.
- Chosen Becky – in Kyosaba song.
- Goodlyfe Crew – in Hellena song produced in 2013.
- OS Suuna – in Woowe song.
- Solidstar Shaba – In Mile song.
- And Maro – in Mubbi Bubi song produced in 2014.
With his extraordinary talent, Lutalo featured in Togwaamu ssuubi a song directed by the bestie DJ Jacob Mutuuze with other talented musicians.
This song was particularly to help fight the existence of HIV/AIDs in Uganda.
With his music, Lutalo is loved both in the city and rural areas because he performs anywhere.
David Lutalo – Family
David Lutalo is married to Sharon Walukaga and together they have two children. A boy and a girl.
The two met in 2008. “By then I had Kapaapala as my hit song. I met her where we met (he did not want to tell), we agreed to be one and go together.”
Lutalo likes keeping his girl off the limelight.
“Maybe she will do so herself. But if she starts exposing herself, you might hear that I have let go of the relationship.”Tweet
Of all the female fans who would want to have him, Lutalo says he does not give out a chance to them because he’s loyal to his wife, no side dishes, he does not like temporary things and believes in one man one woman as the Bible commands.
“It took me time to settle down, but what I did was not to run after girls’ every time since I am a celebrity. Because I knew already what I wanted, I concentrated on one woman and now we are married. Balancing work and family is easy – I space my schedule and make sure no one reTweet
When his wife starts complaining about his absenteeism, Lutalo knows how to handle her. “When I realise she is annoyed, I buy her presents like flowers and – or other gifts she loves.”
“I was looking for beauty, height and respect, and she had all that. I always consider beauty because I have other people aside who gossip about ugly women. That is what I was avoiding. Besides, I can never date an ugly woman.”Tweet
- Lutalo enjoys football. He used to play football a lot before he rose to fame.
- He as well enjoys boxing
- Watching movies
- Spending time with his family
- Playing with children
Lutalo has so far gained a lot in music. “I thank God and I assure my fans that I have not used the money they give me to drink or get more women. I have a house. I have so many other things I do not want to talk about.”
Advice to young people
Lutalo tells his fellow youth to work hard because it is from hard work that peace and every good thing is found.
Crimes (child neglect scandal)
Sometime back, the prominent musician David Lutalo issued a complaint against a 52-year-old woman over cases of criminal trespass and defamation.
The musician reported the case at Luweero Police Station, reporting a one Naluwoza Josephine a resident of Njeru Village, Buikwe District.
It’s alleged that the suspect was accusing David Lutalo of neglecting a child they had together known as Musoke Ronald who is 31 years old now.
Lutalo who is in the same age bracket with his alleged son denied the allegations. Following the denial, the woman went to his parents in Kiwogozi, Luweero and threatened them.
The woman was subjected to a medical examination and found with a mental illness called Delusional Disorder which was confusing her mind.
David Lutalo is not a politician, all he knows is music. He says he’s not a freedom fighter and he will not die for the public. “I will choose a side that will not hurt me, will not kill me and has money.”
As far as politics is concerned, Lutalo says everyone has an opinion although some artists see it a chance of making more money in politics than in music.
They use their popularity to try out politics for survival. If artists are well protected, they would not have a reason to join politics.
Lutalo says he has no word for musician joining politics because they have reasons best known to them, saying time will tell.
And for those who participated in Tubonga Naawe campaign, Lutalo says they had reasons for engaging in those campaigns.
“I don’t know if there is anyone who can refuse to go and meet the president and more to that there was money involved. My target, however, as an artist is to please everyone in all age group, political belonging, age, tribe and religion.”Tweet