|Pablo Moses, born in Jamaica as Pableto
Henry, released his first album in 1975, REVOLUTIONARY DREAM (issued in the United States
by UA Records as I love I Bring ) . A university trained poet," according to
the New York Village Voice s Carol Cooper, Moses articulated his Rastafarian
ideology with unprecedented political frankness in a high pitched, horn-like voice over
rhythms and harmonies laid down by keyboardist/ producer Geoffrey Chung.
with Mango Records, Moses collaborated with Chung five years later, in 1980, to produce
his follow up, A SONG, a subtle answer to the fire of his debut effort. In 1981, Pablo
Moses issued his third album, PAVE THE WAY. By then, Moses had amassed a huge following in
Jamaica, Europe, North America and Japan. Moses Rastafarian themes, the crusade
against injustice, inequality, greed, racism, war, and the pillage of nature, were and are
universal in their scope.
In 1983, Moses signed with Alligator Records to release IN THE FUTURE, amplifying his
political and social message with rock stylistics and the use of electronic
instrumentation like the synthesizer and vocader. Moses expanded and deepened his sound
and rhetoric with 1985's TENSION and 1987's LIVE TO LOVE.
WE REFUSE, released in 1990, was Pablo Moses' profile debut and his first album in
three and a half years. It was a lyrical response to the political climate of the eighty's
seen as " good times " by those who've closed their eyes to the underlying
realities of poverty and racism, unraveling in the '90s. In this album, says
Moses, I say what I 've said all along, only in a modified mood, more
straightforward. I refuse the Babylonian ways of society, the bully-istic attitudes. Jah
made everyone with different cultures and colors just as he made different types of birds
and plants for beautification.
Musically, this album represented Pablo Moses' attempt to reach out to the "now
generation" of younger reggae fans who've grown up listening to the dancehall style.
I try to adapt to changing styles
of music. I'm trying to reach the dancehall crowd not just with the beat, but with a
message that is cultural and sociologically connected, with songs like "BAD BOY
We Refuse also features "LOVE IS A THING ", a duet between Moses and his
young daughter Tashe, and the songs UNDER YOUR SPELL and "IN SOUTH
The album was produced by Pablo Moses and premier reggae keyboardist Robbie Lyn, and
mixed by Steven Stanley and Geoffrey Chung.
Then in 1993 Pablo Moses signed with MusicDisc of France doing albums THE CONFESSION OF
A RASTAMAN , along the same vein as Revolutionary Dream, and the album MISSION , one of
the best works since Revolutionary Dream, both albums were produced by Pablo Moses and
During the association with MusicDisc , Moses released a compilation by the name of The
Best of Pablo Moses with songs from the LPs LIVE TO LOVE, TENSION, IN THE FUTURE, and WE
REFUSE. There was a re- release of Revolutionary Dream simultaneously in Europe, in North
America by Shanachie Records. In 1997 Pablo re- release "IN THE FUTURE PLUS
DUBS"- through Tabou I and Nite an Day Records, in Europe.
Then after more than 20 years recording in the reggae music market, in 1998, Pablo
released a live album,PABLO MOSES LIVE, recorded in Paris France, while on tour.
Distributed by Media 7 in France and Heart Beat in Holland, Germany etc. In November 1998
Tabou I And Media 7 released PAVE THE WAY in Europe and U.S.A.
Pablo Moses remains one of the most original out- spoken roots reggae artist in Jamaica
after more than 20 years, still throwing out lyrics that are sociologically, political and
culturally connected. Pablo Moses has toured extensively in Canada, U.S.A, South America,
Central America, Europe and Scandinavia and some Caribbean Countries.
Pablo Moses is a teacher, father and a Revolutionary who never and will never deter
from the path that he has taken as a voice of the poor and oppress people in the world.
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