Join us every Wednesday as we look into CHH artists, the one’s you already know and love and others you might have not heard of yet. This week we shine a light on Denzel Moses Ngwenya aka Dee Moses from Zimbabwe and African Christian Hip Hop artist, yep you guessed it, it is In Sync – Africa Edition.
The artist’s Christian Hip Hop journey started in 2018 when Denzel rededicated his life to the Lord Christ Jesus and became a Christian rapper. “I went to Bible School to study the word and know more about God. I prayed for guidance and revelation for my purpose in the Lord. In that period and time, I stopped making music until I felt I was ready spiritually for the ministry, that’s when I released my first single entitled “Made Clean”, it did some rounds in the local radio stations thereafter I made it available on all digital platforms last year in April 2020,” accounted Dee Moses. He grew up listening to Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, 2pac, Kurupt, DMX, Mobb Deep, Jay Z, Ludacris, Cassidy, Sean Paul and Busta Rhymes who by virtue of listening became his musical influence. “My mother and father named me Denzel and my grandfather named me Moses.
When I rededicated my life to the Lord I rose up to use my gift to glorify His name and advance His Kingdom. I stopped going by my previous rap name; I wanted a fresh start which was inspired by how Elijah is introduced in the word. You just hear about his works in the Lord and nothing else. I put my two names together as I was thinking of a stage name and one of my brothers in Christ, Pastor O shortened it and suggested “Dee Moses”, it sounded good I liked it & I ran with it,” he shared.
“My music is a mixture of the old and new school rap; trap, plus a reggae sound here and there.” He mixes it all to bring out a flavour that he can enjoy enough to replay over and over again until a new song comes up through the creative process. He loves music as a whole, you can expect anything and everything but with a guarantee that rap and reggae will take the lead as the main ingredients. “I recently featured in one of Shawn V’s tracks entitled “We are one nation” (Not yet released), which I’m excited about; it has a powerful, uniting and encouraging message in the Lord,” revealed Dee Moses, he also has a fire-filled track featuring Phlo Girl which is going to be in his album, and other artists that he would like to work with are, Incense SA, Gregory Casim, the Last Days Fam.
He noted that Chosen Zw is on the come up in ZCHH, “I listened to one of his songs called “Right now”; the honesty, vulnerability and realness in the song come straight from the heart, and you can feel the passion and hunger for Jesus in his music. His sound is good, well organized and he is talented,” explained Denzel.
“I recently featured in one of Shawn V’s tracks entitled “We are one nation” (Not yet released), which I’m excited about; it has a powerful, uniting and encouraging message in the Lord,” revealed Dee Moses, he also has a fire-filled track featuring Phlo Girl which is going to be in his album, and other artists that he would like to work with are, Incense SA, Gregory Casim, the Last Days Fam. He noted that Chosen Zw is on the come up in ZCHH, “I listened to one of his songs called “Right now”; the honesty, vulnerability and realness in the song come straight from the heart, and you can feel the passion and hunger for Jesus in his music. His sound is good, well organized and he is talented,” explained Denzel.
Dee Moses reflects that the Cross Movement has played a big role in paving the way for CHH because he has heard about them a lot and has had the opportunity to listen to a few of their tunes. “The drum that is the backbone of hip hop I believe is from Africa, the great hip hop producers and artists who released internationally recognized projects and by doing so inspired rappers from different nations and states came from different parts of America, Africa and other areas that we might not be aware of for one reason or another. Christian Hip Hop in Africa has been influenced by different sounds. I don’t think there’s a limit to what can be done to the craft, production and creativity wise.
Art is limitless,” noted Dee Moses, “I think SACHH is getting exposed more and more day by day through social media platforms, online magazines, tv and music shows like Sabc 1’s Gospel Unplugged, DSTV’s Trace gospel, One gospel and so on. There is always a new height to reach in terms of exposure and it will never be enough until the gospel has been preached to all four corners of the earth.” On his playlist, you will find SACHH artist on replay, the likes of Jhey Dot, The Last Days Fam, A.B.O, Mdeecbm, Church Boyy Bizness, Gruth, Brandon Gospel and Incense SA. Denzel encouraged fellow African CHH artists to remember “you are not doing it for yourself but for the Glory of God. Keep going and trust in him who has called you till the end!”
the lyrics paint the picture and the beat frames it wellDee Moses
Dee explained the first-time listener’s reluctance to play a completely new song is the main challenge for CHH artists but when they do they realize that this is great music, which leaves you encouraged and uplifted spiritually to continue to carry out your mandate. “You can never listen to these songs and remain the same,” shared Dee especially when lyrics and beat work together hand in hand to bring out the best, “the lyrics paint the picture and the beat frames it well,” added Dee.
He is preparing to drop “Battle Axe”, a mixtape that has been inspired by Jeremiah 51v20 and an album that he will share the title with everyone in due time. “Expect nothing but some brutal Holy Ghost Fire that cannot be extinguished on beats that cannot be ignored; I myself cannot wait to release what God has packaged, in the gift, for the listeners and the fulfilment of His purpose,” he elaborated.
The artist who also aspirations to perform at the Madison Garden arena noted the last best performance he had was at the Dominion Conference, “I did better than the previous and the next will be better than my last simply because I love what God ordained me to do, I’ve performed at Youth Concerts too and I always ensure that I give it my all at all times,” reflected Dee, who’s ingredients for a good live performance is an exceptional band, an exceptional sound and high energy. Apart from music, you will find Denzel learning photography, graphic designing and exploring all forms of art. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @deemosespage to connect with him and catch his fresh releases.
SACHH raises the flag and raises the bars.