By Alex Bossa
Over time, we have heard hits like; Bebe Cool’s Gaetano, Abdu Mulasi’s Swimming pool, Lydia Tendo’s Onyango, and Ziza Bafana’s friendly match among others but little have we known that some of them not only stop on singing but have the ability to talk the walk.
Ugsports.net brings you a list of the top 5 Musicians who also take part in sports.
5. Herbert Kityamuweesi aka Crysto Panda – Soccer
“Ayii” is usually expressed when someone is in pain but this is how far the “Kyolina Omanya” hit singer has gone far to seize an opportunity to express the love of the beautiful game. It’s not Crysto Panda if the song has no “Ayii”in it.
Crysto Panda may be the hottest thing on the airwaves but the NTV music presenter also has a passion for soccer. Playing as an attacker, Panda loves to bring the ball to his opponents and is one of the key pillars of the Nation Media group soccer team.
He can play on either side of the attacking wings but sometimes he is utilized as a number 10 due to his physical presence. For now, we can only say “Ayii”
4. Gereson Wabuyi aka Gravity Omutujju – Soccer
Old Kampala SS is well known for producing legendary footballers like Jimmy Kirunda and this was no exception to the 2013 Teeniez breakout artist of the year. Football has been in the DNA of this pace winger who likes to cut in from the right flank. He is speedy and likes to take on defenders one on one.
He has featured for Big Talent FC where he is a nightmare for opposite defenders in several matches and he has scored some beautiful goals. He was a key member in Big Talent’s 4-2 win against David Lutalo’s Hares FC.
Gravity has gone on to sing songs such as Omwoto, Walumbe Zayaa among others.
3. Jamal Wasswa – Soccer
Few can doubt Jamal Waswa’s talent as a footballer. Jamal decided to take on a music career after realizing that the game in Uganda yields little income as compared to music.
He once said, “Football in Uganda is complicated. It does not pay like music. For example, an artist can earn 5 million within 3 days while an ordinary footballer can hardly earn UGX 500,000 a month.”
The “Abakyala Bazira” hit singer usually takes time off from his busy singing schedule to engage himself in training with local club Kisugu FC.
2. Edrisa Musuuza aka Eddy Kenzo – Soccer
His hit single “Sitya Loss” may have made headlines across the waves in Uganda and globaly, but Kenzo’s talent and love for the game cannot be taken away from him.
Long before his 2014 breakthrough, Eddy Kenzo’s dream was to be a professional football after joining the local club, Masaka Local council at the age of nine.
The celebrated musician who prefers to operate in defensive midfield for his Big Talent FC had trials with SC Villa. He sometimes takes time off from his busy schedule to train with the Jogoos. His calmness on the ball and defensive shield is his greatest weapon in center midfield.
Eddy Kenzo not only enjoys playing football but is also a sports administrator. His Big Talent Soccer Academy made its debut in the 2021 Futsal Super League where they are second on the table behind Mengo Futsal club after matchday 3.
On the international scene, Eddy Kenzo’s music career has seen him perform during the opening ceremony of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea along with Akon. He also performed at finals.
His original version of the song Mbilo Mbilo was a soundtrack for the 2016 sports inspirational movie “ Queen Of Katwe”. The movie, was based on a story of a girl from a poor background who made it as a chess player.
1. Suzan Muwonge aka Super Lady – Soccer
The queen of speed takes the top spot since she is the only active musician who takes sports as a profession and has won a sporting recognition.
With songs like Sibidamu and Mbanjulira among others, Susan has always been striking a balance between teaching, singing, and rally driving. She started racing in 2005 in Rakai where she ranked 6th but her first competitive race was at Garuga in 2007.
Susan who attained a Bachelor’s degree in Early Child education from Kyambogo University is the first and only female rally driver to have won the Uganda National Rally Championship back in 2011.
Her first racing car was Mitsubishi Evo 2 which she acquired from Jamil Ssenyonjo. She went ahead to win the USPA accolade for the sports personality of the year 2012 after the 2011 success.
Bebe Cool- Uganda Cranes ambassador
David Lutalo – footballer (The Hares)
Joseph Mayanja – Wakiso Giants Ambassador