Being the son of well-known international music maestro Emiliano da Cruz, 24-year-old musician and South Goa district youth icon Zubin da Cruz spurs the people of Goa to practice ethical voting this Assembly elections. “It is a responsibility, yet an honor to be a youth icon. Our country has been struggling for a while, and if I can, in someway, contribute to bring in change, it is my pleasure to serve,” said Zubin.
With an aim to exceed the 83 percent mark of voters registered during the 2012 Assemble elections, the Goa State Electoral Office devised various measures to urge Goa to vote, appointing personalities from various arts and cultural fields like music, sports, theater, etc.
Currently, the young musician has plans on collaborating with the other youth icons involved in music, to create awareness videos and jingles for ethical voting. “I believe the arts are a medium that everyone can connect to. A painting or a music video could capture an audience much more effectively than long speeches can,” said Zubin.
Being inspired and mentored by his father, Zubin picked up music at a very young age and learnt to play the Mandolin, completed five grades in Violin and is also a self-taught guitarist and vocalist of the well-known Goan band True Blue. The multi-instrumentalist was one of the only four chosen Indian musicians to be part of the World Youth Orchestra in the Sound of the Earth Tour in 2010. The tour held 17 concerts across Europe, including countries like Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
Pursuing his Post-graduation in Business studies (in Events), Zubin is a full time musician who plans on merging his event managing skills into his music career. He has composed a number of originals and plans on releasing a full album by next year.
Commenting on the dynamics of this years elections the youth icon said, “I feel that this is one of the few elections that has multiple alluring options, so I’m pretty sure there is a level of confusion in the voter’s mind. I, along with other district icons hope to stimulate a culture of voting with a conscience; To bring to power a party that will clean our system.”
He added, “I was never pressured by my parents to do anything and I apply the same idea to voting as well. Don’t feel pressurized or be negatively influenced to vote. Do it righteously because you want a capable government in power. Goa definitely has so much potential, and believe it or not, we have a big role to play in it.”