Gospel spotlight : Chozenn 'Unashamed' of the gospel
Four years after Duane 'Chozenn' Besentie placed third in the Magnum Kings and Queens competition, his musical direction changed from dancehall to gospel music.
In January 2015, Chozenn put out his debut EP, Rebirth, and will release his debut album, Unashamed, next week. The artiste, who has long anticipated the release of the debut album, said that he 'had to find the right time.'
"After the debut EP came out, the Lord started to fill my life with situations, which ultimately became ministry, so I began working on music for what has become my debut album," Chozenn told THE WEEKEND STAR.
The album is comprised of 14 tracks, featuring collaborations with Jamaican gospel artistes, Lucas Musiq and Pastor Joseph Emanuel, among others. Chozenn has taken inspiration from various musical genres and cultures. In the track, No Stone, Chozenn has also recorded one verse in Swahili.
"No Stone speaks of a man that's unashamed of the gospel of Jesus, not afraid to worship anywhere and it takes inspiration from the word of God spoken in Luke 19, verse 40.
"If us as humans don't praise Him , the stones, even the trees, will cry out," said Chozenn.
The gospel singjay is determined to host events seasonally aimed at attracting the younger generation not just Christians.
"I got saved in 2014 and it has had its ups and downs, to be honest. I have seen God's hand in all my doing, still pioneering my path," said Chozenn.
'GOD SAID NO'
"Magnum has always been there and the love is real and will forever be. I was ready to take on the secular world through music. I was pumped about a new studio and a new team, but God said no, hold on, come here," he said laughing.
Chozenn is currently involved in planning and marketing various family-oriented events such as the recently rebranded Kingston Gospel Music Festival, previously Kingston Jerk and Gospel Music Festival.
He said that the event acts as 'bait to trap people' to teach them about the Christian way of life. "At the end of the day, the events are focused on preaching the gospel and they are needed to bring change," said Chozenn.
The launch of the Unashamed album has also been aligned with the event, which will be held at the National Arena next Saturday. The radical deejay was also overjoyed to announce that Nigerian gospel minister and recording artiste Sinach, known for songs I Know Who I Am, Great Are You Lord and Way Maker, will be the guest performer for the Kingston Gospel Music Festival.