Two sets from Moesh
Singer Moesh plans to do a balancing act of sorts for her Buss Big album launch, slated for Thursday, November 13, at Comfitanya Lounge, 169 Mountain View Avenue, St Andrew.
She will split her performance of about eight songs with the introduction of her guests, among them Nature, Fanton Mojah, History Man, Abijah, Hezron, Natural Vybz and Free Style. The Livynkulcha Band will provide music for the performers and the launch will be streamed live on www.reggaetoreggae.com.
"I am going to do two settings, four songs and then the next four. As an upcoming artiste I don't want to be on for too long ... . I have been to some launches and I have not seen an artiste do it like that," Moesh said.
The title of her debut album, Buss Big, is also a statement of intention by a performer who utilises social media extensively. It was an Internet presence which led to Moesh's contact with US-based Tate Music Group, which is supporting the album.
"They hear one of my songs, Freedom, online. They sent me an email and said they wanted hear me perform it live and they wanted to do a promotional album with me," Moesh said. The result of the latter desire is Buss Big, which brings together a number of previously released songs, in addition to the new songs Hard Life, Failure and the opening Real Revolutionary Rebel chant. The album will be on sale at the launch for $1,000.
It will also be available on a number of digital platforms, among them iTunes, Rhapsody and eMusic.
She said, "I am basically doing a launch for me ... . It is not a stage show or concert. I am pushing myself, so people will see I am serious. Many times, managers say the females are not serious, so I am pushing," Moesh said. "That is why I take my career in my hand."
Moesh has been on an impressive list of shows in Jamaica. Among them are Capleton's annual A St Mary Mi Come From ("three years straight") and Champions in Action. It is easier for her to name the large concerts that she has not performed on - Rebel Salute, Sumfest and Sting - than those she has. "I have done a lot of shows," she said.
Simeon 'Simbo' Simpson and the team of Ibby and Keteis (who introduced the tagline Real Revolutionary Rebel) have done management for Moesh before. Among the persons she credits especially for giving her a media presence are radio personalities ZJLiquid, Jacko, Dudley and Mutabaruka, as well as television presenter Rohan Daley,.
"You have to be determined and love what you are doing. When you love what you are doing and fulljoy what you are doing, nothing can stop you," Moesh said.
"I love to entertain people. It is a joy. I love when I am performing and people sitting and looking at you or sitting listening to you. It makes me feel special," Moesh said, adding that she likes the excitement as well but there is a different level of appreciation when the audience is attentive.
Moesh is from St Elizabeth and says "I want to be that female to represent my parish. I think I want to be that artiste."