Dorcas Moyo is a 42 year-old award-winning Zimbabwean gospel singer born on May 14th, 1981. She is best known for releasing songs like “Haakotsire,” “Bvisai Marara,” and “Zvishavane.”
From a young age, Dorcas Moyo knew she was gifted with a melodic voice and so joined her church choir after several refusals due to her age. Though she never planned to be a professional singer, she saw herself releasing albums after recording a few songs that got rave reviews. Over the years, the renowned artist has released more than eight albums and is showing no signs of slowing down.
How Old is Dorcas Moyo?
Dorcas Moyo is currently 42 years old. She was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, on May 14th, 1981. She grew up in Goromonzi, Harare, and later moved to Mutare for work purposes.
The singer was born in a family of eight and has five siblings. She is the third born in the family and was raised alongside her two brothers and three sisters. She grew up in a strict home as her disciplinarian father wouldn’t take any prisoner home for a slight misdemeanor. The uptight grooming eventually became helpful to her as it prepared her for the life ahead.
Dorcas Moyo Studied Nutrition at the University
Dorcas Moyo is a professional Nutritionist. After studying Nutrition at the university, she moved on to practice, and as of 2021, she runs a kitchen attached to a Dialysis Centre based in Mutare. Also, Moyo attended Goromonzi Primary School and later completed her basic education at Chinyuka Secondary School. She additionally has a Diploma in Ministry.
Dorcas Moyo Started Singing at the Age of Six
As a child, Dorcas Moyo took recognizance of the gift of God in her life to change people’s lives with her singing ministration. Though she has always been passionate about music, she actually fell in love with music, following her mom’s habit of singing anytime she carried out domestic chores in the house.
Her melodious voice ignited Dorcas’ passion, and thus, she opted to join her church’s praise and worship team at the age of six. However, due to her age, the church leaders from her assembly refrained her from being part of the adult choir. With much persuasion and resilience from little Dorcas, she was allowed to be part of the then-revered praise and worship team when she was only six years of age.
How Many Albums Does Dorcas Moyo Have?
Dorcas Moyo has released nine studio albums. Her desire to win souls for Christ pushed her into ministration. In the year 2006, the 42-year-old dropped her debut studio album titled ‘Ndokusheevedzai Ishe’. Following the success of the album, Moyo released her second album, ‘Ndinokutungamirira’ in 2008. She then went on a sabbatical break after the release of the album.
Her third album, Zvininipise, was released in 2018, and the next year, the acclaimed gospel singer dropped her 13-tracked fourth album, Ndibatsirei Mwari, followed by the release of another album titled Pamara Tapfuru, in 2020. Furthermore, Dorcas Moyo dropped her seventh album, ‘Bvisai Marara,’ in the following year. Later in April 2022, she displayed her high level of passion and determination to push her music in Zimbabwe and beyond with her eighth studio album titled, ‘Bvudzi Rangu Ramera’.
Moyo moved on to launch her ninth album, Mhanza Haisekwe, at Chancellor Junior School in Mutare on March 11, 2023. The event had performances from top artists, including Joyful Praise, Hosiah Chipanga, Blessing Shumba, and Michael Mahendere. Also, Dorcas Moyo collaborated with many artists in the project, including Sungara maestro Alick Macheso, with whom she released one of the album’s favorite songs, ‘Mhanza Haisekwi’.
The album launch was a huge success, and the discs were bought for $500 and $1,000. The highest price was reportedly paid by South African-based business mogul Ganizani Ganizani, who bought the album for $2,000 to show support to upcoming musicians. Having released an album per year for the past four years, some people have criticized the Mutare-based artist for not giving enough gap between her album releases.
She stated that it’s her right to release her songs as there are no written rules and regulations for the release of music projects. She added that if she had enough songs to be released daily, she would do so. While Dorcas Moyo is managed by Peter Madondo, her music is produced by Olin Anderson of Kunashe Studies. The songstress is backed by the Heavenly Melodies Choir.
Dorcas Moyo’s Best Songs
Despite beginning her career in 2006, Dorcas Moyo has achieved a blossoming music career thus far. She has released successful tracks like ‘Haakotsire’, ‘Bvisai Marara’, and ‘Zvishavane’. In the year 2021, her songs gained massive airplay, for which she was very grateful to her supportive fans.
On Diamond FM, her song, ‘Bvisai Marara’ came first, and on YA FM, ‘Zvishavane’ took the second spot. Also, on Radio Zimbabwe Gospel Top 50, her song was number four. While ‘Murapi’ came first on Nyaminyami FM, the ‘Bvisai Marara’ music video clinched the eighth position on the ZTV music countdown. Amazingly, Dorcas Moyo was the first Manicaland artist to have a music video rack up over 1.3 million views on YouTube.
In the last few years, she has performed her best songs in front of overwhelming crowds. While she has been on tour across Zimbabwe, she has also toured Botswana, South Africa, and overseas. In September 2022, Moyo embarked on her inaugural UK tour, and she performed at the One R Chord Gospel concerts.
Dorcas Moyo Has Been Recognized with Some Coveted Awards
In March 2022, Dorcas Moyo’s years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance paid off as she was announced the winner of the Zimbabwe Music Award (ZIMA) for the Best Traditional Gospel Song. She outclassed Breeze Music, Mambo Dhuterere, and Vabati VaJehovah to win the coveted prize. Moyo further raised the Manicaland flag high when she clinched the prestigious National Arts Merit Award (NAMA) in February 2023.
After failing to take home NAMA the previous year, Dorcas Moyo won her first National Arts Merit Award and was rated as the Outstanding Female Musician in the country. The singer broke down in tears of joy upon receiving the award. She is said to have broken the underperforming streak derailing artists in Manicaland, as only a few musicians in the province (like Blessing Shumba and Hosiah Chipanga) have won the highly-rated award.
Meanwhile, in 2020, Moyo won the Outstanding Female Contemporary Gospel Musician of the Decade at the Zimbabwe Community News (ZCN) Awards. She is also a recipient of the ZNCC Manicaland Region Women in Enterprise Award in the category of Women Arts and Culture.
List of Dorcas Moyo’s Awards
- Outstanding Female Contemporary Gospel Musician of the Decade Award at the Zimbabwe Community News (ZCN) Awards (2020)
- Zimbabwe Music Award (ZIMA) for the Best Traditional Gospel Song (2022)
- National Arts Merit Award for Outstanding Female Musician (2023)
- ZNCC Manicaland Region Women in Enterprise Award (2023)
Who is Dorcas Moyo’s Husband?
Dorcas Moyo is married to Frank Moyo. The couple have been married for many years and are blessed with six children. The ‘Bvisai Marara’ hitmaker cites her husband as her pillar of strength and is very grateful for his support throughout her music career.
While receiving the ZCN Award in 2020, Moyo thanked her husband, kids, and mother, Mrs. E Nezara, amongst others, for their immense support, which brightened her world.