It's more than three decades since I first saw Jashwha Moses in concert. He was already a seasoned performer and there was no mistaking he was someone special; as with the best performers he oozed charisma, and his performances were mesmerising. He is a rare and genuine talent and to this day his live performances are just as captivating.
Jashwha's recording career got off to a flying start with the Dennis Bovell produced “Africa (Is Our Land)” a British roots reggae classic - released under his original name Joshua Moses which disappeared into the relative obscurity that swallowed so many independent releases and deprived the artist of greater success and a wider audience. Jashwha followed up “Africa (Is Our Land)” the following year with the more lovers orientated “Pretty Girl” and although he continued to perform and to record, it was to be more than thirty years before Jashwha released anything new when our Bristol Archive Record's imprint released “Joshua To Jashwha – 30 Years In The Wilderness”.
The album was well received allowing for his discovery by a new generation of fans whilst reconnecting Jashwha with those who knew him from old. With his career reinvigorated and a fruitful long-term musical collaboration with producer Mikey Taylor Hall, Jashwha returned to performing full time and over the next three years released two albums of brand-new recordings “No War on Earth” and “The Rising”.
Forty years after his first release we thought it was time to celebrate Jashwha's unique career and his numerous achievements by selecting 17 of his finest recordings and packaging them together as a ‘best of’ compilation, although that description hardly does the music or artist justice.
The tracks on this compilation are firmly in the ‘roots reggae’ tradition. Jashwha writes and sings with total conviction, this is the life he has lived, the things he believes, and every word resonates with that belief. Naturally we start at the beginning with “Africa (Is Our Land)” a hard act to follow, but something Jashwha achieves with the remaining selections. The thirty-five years between that debut and Jashwha's first proper album “No War on Earth”, provides an additional six tracks that were recorded over a twenty-year period yet fit perfectly with both his debut and the songs from his later albums. Jashwha's song writing has always been an evolutionary process building on what's gone before rather than jumping on whatever bandwagon is currently fashionable, therein lies one of his strengths. Several of the additional eleven songs we've included from Jashwha's follow up albums demonstrate that evolutionary process, as earlier versions were reworked through performance and in the studio, sometimes just tweaking and improving what went before and at other times completely reconstructing those earlier ideas.
Jashwha's music has naturally evolved as he's aged, but the message, the joy and the outstanding quality have remained consistent, these songs are his manifesto for a better world, a world where music can make a difference. “The Best of Joshua to Jashwha” is released on Sugar Shack Records on 26th July 2019, distributed by Shellshock Distribution and available on CD and digital download.
releases July 26, 2019
Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 14 and 17 taken from Joshua to Jashwha (30 Years in The Wilderness) released in 2012 via Bristol Archive Records, Vinyl and CD ARC250V and ARC250CD
Tracks 3, 4, 7 and 8 taken from No War released in 2013 via Sugar Shack Records on CD FOD094CD
Tracks 10, 11, 13, 15 and 16 taken from The Rising released in 2015 via Sugar Shack Records on CD FOD108CD
Track 1 previously released on More Cut Records 1978, Recorded at Berry Street Studios, London. Engineered and Produced by Dennis Bovell
Track 2, 12, 14 and 17 recorded at Globe Imagineering Inc, Bristol between 1993 and 1995. Engineered by Mikey Taylor–Hall. Produced by Mikey Taylor–Hall and Joshua Moses
Track 5 and 9 recorded at Mickyfin Sound Department, Mickyfin Films Ltd, Bristol 2003. Engineered by Mikey Taylor–Hall. Produced by Mikey Taylor–Hall and Joshua Moses
Track 6 recorded at Right Track Studios, Bristol 1983. Engineered and Produced by UK Scientist
Track 2, 4, 7 and 8 recorded at Mickeyfin Sound Department, Bristol 2010 – 2012. Engineered by Mikey Taylor–Hall. Produced by Mikey Taylor–Hall and Jashwha Moses
Tracks 10, 11, 13, 15 and 16 recorded at The Jahggae House of Sound, Bristol 2014. Engineered by Mikey Taylor – Hall and Omari. Produced by Mikey Taylor – Hall and Jashwha Moses. Executive producer Chever Bailey (The Jahggae Agency Ltd)
All tracks written by M Taylor-Hall and S Bailey except Track 1 written by S Bailey and D Bovell and Track 11 written by Mia Angelou
All tracks published by Archive Publishing Ltd except Track 1 published by Archive Publishing Ltd / Stage Three Music
All tracks owned by S Bailey and M Taylor-Hall (RIP) and exclusively licenced to Sugar Shack Records except track 1 which is owned by D Bovell
Thanks to the musicians involved:
Joshua / Jashwha Moses
Mikey Taylor-Hall (RIP)
Freddie (Fingers) Malone
F O’Flaherty / George Hall
Thanks to the following people:
Dennis Bovell, Martin Langford, Steve Street, Shoc Wave/ Unitone Publishing/ Bristol Underground Sounds, Mikey Taylor-Hall, Gene Walsh, Mike Darby, Nicholas Darby, Beryl Hall, Mia Angelou (RIP), Oisin, Chever Bailey, R Hall, F Rochford and Sam Giles to name but a few
Artwork by Sam Giles
Compiled by Martin Langford
Mastered by Steve Street
(p)&© Sugar Shack Records 2019
Jashwha Moses with Full Force and Power are represented by Chever Bailey at The Jahggae Agency Ltd
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