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dESH is a cross-media artist, researcher, writer, and social activist. dESH says he is greatly influenced by 90s music the likes of Fugees, Shaba Ranks, Buju Banton, DAS EFX, Fu-Schnickens, and Busta rhymes. In 1991, he did his first recording with Teal Records in Zambia, produced by the Spell’s James Sakala in Ndola. Joining forces with the legendary Joe Chibangu and Sailee Nyondo, he formed first Zambia’s first known gospel rap group, ‘the Rap Prophets’, between 1993 and 1995. In 2002 and 2003, he featured on groundbreaking compilations with the Zambezi Symphony, with the likes of Nasty D, Queen Sheeba Lishika, Twice, Louis X, Shimasta and Mwaka. Later the same year, 2003, dESH’ first solo album ‘Nayanomba’ (2003) was released. It was followed by ‘Lesa Somone‘ (2005), and the reggae albums ‘Link Up’ (unreleased, 2009) and Still Raggamuffin (2013). He has just finished his 2020 album entitled, ‘Above the Wicked’. The first single from the album released on 23/06/2020.
Release Date: June 23, 2020
Copyright: 2020 Desh.Dubs
Total Length: 02:45
Total Tracks: 1
In 2006, dESH joined the ArtScience department of the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague (Netherlands), the Royal Conservatory, and the Media Department of the University of Leiden, where he combined his music with visual arts. He performed in various art festivals around Belgium and the Netherlands and was part of the ArtScience RecPlay Lab. He continued his academic work at Leiden University, obtaining a Master’s Degree in African Studies. Upon completion of his master’s research, Desh wrote a PhD-proposal that was accepted at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Anglia Ruskin. He enrolled for a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge. Personal circumstances blocked him from continuing this Ph.D., but he is still researching related topics. He spent the last two years writing his first book and recording material for the ‘Above the Wicked’ album. The date for publishing his book is not set yet.
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