I strictly don’t listen to secular music because there is nothing in it for me. I listen only to positive music that builds my inner being. Whatever you feed on will ultimately impact your Christian life.
My challenge to fellow gospel artistes is that as ambassadors of Christ, we should not write music from our own intuition or feelings, but from what God wants us to communicate to the world.
We should, therefore, abandon empty lyrics for true gospel teachings that witness Christ, testifies him and ministers to the audience.
Dennis Mwendwa alias Rotadee is the new kid on the block. With more than five gospel tracks to his name, including “Zamu Yangu”, which is currently enjoying good airplay, his music career is off to a blazing start. The final-year Information Science student at Moi University talks about what fires him up, his contributions to the local scene and his aspirations.
The origin of my name Rotadee is an acronym where “rota” is the short form of rotary or motion, which signifies my vision of preaching the gospel through music. “Dee” stands for my first name Dennis.
Besides music I’m very passionate about print and broadcast journalism. Juggling my academic work with music is not so hard since I attend evening classes which allows me to focus on my music during the day.
I made my debut into the industry in 2014, an overambitious young man fresh from high school, hoping to get large-scale airplay on all major radio and TV stations and instantly win awards. This prompted me to move from a small village in Machakos County to Nairobi in pursuit of my dreams. My expectations and ambitions were quashed when I was fleeced of all my money by some con producers. It was a struggle getting airplay for my debut track. I later took a break to re-evaluate and understand why I was getting into gospel music.
The return was not easy. I fell into depression as I sought to reconfigure my bearing in music. This led to partial paralysis of my face, a condition called facial nerve palsy.
All my music endeavours grew numb for a whole year. I felt I would never burst back into the scene. In 2015, I was able to retrace my way back to music, wiser, more mature and with realistic ambitions. Since then I have grown stronger by the day. My dreams are now falling into place and there is hope to realise even the greatest ones.
My latest track “Reality” is a wakeup call to all people across the world that God is not a myth or just a tale in the Bible. He’s a reality now as He was in the times of Moses. God is real and loving, and cares about your need.
The Word of God is what inspires my music; His promises to mankind and my own life experiences. I use each of my songs as avenues to give hope and inspire people who could be going through similar circumstances. It’s gratifying whenever people across my networks acknowledge the message in my music.
Hope is the overriding message of my music, with the primary objective to temper the tragedies and horrors happening to mankind: from loss of lives, destruction of property, broken marriages, failing relationships and political instability. I give people a reason to smile amidst all the turmoil. Gospel is incomplete until it gives hope to the broken-hearted.
Some of the notable personalities I have worked with in the industry include Vicky Pon Dis, one of the leading music producers in East and Central Africa. He is the brain behind most of my songs. I’ve also done background vocals for Daddy Owen. So far, I haven’t done any music collaborations, but such projects are in the offing.
Humility, consistency and branding are some of the key lessons I have learnt from these artistes.