GOSPEL GROOVES with FELIX NYAMBE
DESPITE having a well-paying job at the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), Kelvin Luvila J’ulube, 34, decided to take-up the music ministry, and today, he has two albums to his credit.
“It had to take the grace of God to leave my job at ECZ as an IT (Information Technician) specialist which I loved so much,” says Luvila, the fifth born in a family of six.
He says through-out his school life, he knew that he was meant to serve his creator.
“If you listen to my songs such as ‘There is a Place’, I know for sure that the God I serve will never leave nor forsake me in any circumstances,” he says.
By the time Luvila, who attended Chilenje South Basic and Kabulonga Boys Secondary School, was leaving high school in 2004 and heading to Evelyn Hone College for his computer science studies, he was already a full-fledged praise team member at his home church, United Pentecost Church of Zambia (UPCZ) Kanyama congregation in Lusaka.
Even after attending Mulungushi University, all that he wished for was to praise his Lord.
So, in 2012, he released his debut album, Nisogolele, which he admits was not well marketed, but was still worth the effort.
But five years down the line, inspired by the likes of South Africa’s Hugh Maskela and Rebecca Malope, Luvila began work on his second album which he believes will touch many broken souls.
Luvila, who is married to Flavia, and has two daughters; Kukeng’a Margaret (13) and Nkisu (3), was also inspired in his songs by Paul Ngozi.
“He (Ngozi) was phenomenal when it came to composing social commentary songs as well as playing the lead guitar,” Luvila says.
Luvila has worked with the likes of ex-New Age session guitarist Sebastian Mutale, Kondwani Phiri (keyboard and guitar) and Kidman [drums] on his sophomore project.
Recorded at his own Sure Sounds Studio situated in Chalala’s Hillview area, the album contains songs like Muleke Yesu Angene, Awesome God (Nalila Imwe) and Nimikonde, on which he declares his undying love for Jesus.
Others are Mitotele, Uliko Mudzi, Nisogolele, Mwebansungilila and the Lunda-inspired Tumisakililenu.