Moses I touches sensitive issue
The debate over payment to the descendants of African slaves has raged throughout the Caribbean, United States, and United Kingdom for decades. Singer Moses I expresses his feelings on the sensitive issue with Reparation.
Released in December 2020, the song supports financial compensation for ancestors of the reputed 600,000 Africans who were enslaved in the new world, mainly by the British Crown.
MOSES I TOUCHES SENSITIVE ISSUE
Moses I points out, however, that the campaign is a lost one if there is no unity. “I was motivated to create this song to help eradicate the division that is currently an issue among my people. A nation divided against itself is a weak one, my song is to shed light on this issue in hopes that it will be amended,” he said.
Co-produced by his Livon Music and Ironstorm Productions, Reparation is the lead single from a pending EP Moses I hopes will be released by summer.
Most of that project’s songs were recorded at his studio in South Florida where the Jamaican artiste has lived for over 10 years. His conviction to Rastafari, which he first discovered as a youth, has never wavered.
“Rasta mean everything to me. Me’s a youth who grow up in di streets without parents an’ Rasta grow mi an’ accept mi,” he said. “Rasta show mi fi hold a better vibes; Rasta hold a reasoning with yuh while others shun yuh,” he stated.
Moses I’s introduction to music also came from Rastafarian artistes. He remembers watching Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Jacob Miller playing football at the University of the West Indies field in Papine, a hilly area in Jamaica’s St. Andrew parish.
When he began taking music seriously, he found mentors in Augustus Pablo, Sangie Davis, and Junior Delgado. In the 1990s, Moses I recorded for a number of producers including Stuart Brown of African Star, drummer Style Scott of the Roots Radics Band, Morgan Heritage, and the Marley-owned Ghetto Youth International.
Some of those songs were done as Anthony Singh, his real name. His most popular song to date is Crazy Look, a 1998 collaboration with Capleton. Its popularity earned Moses I tours of Europe and the United States with the self-proclaimed ‘Fireman’.
After years of recording songs for others, he feels more comfortable finally doing his own thing. “Wi in a more positive way now. Sometimes wi used to jus’ jump pon a man riddim; now, wi have wi own space fi create,” said Moses I.