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Roots Reggae Pioneer Tony Moses Releases “Culture Queen” Single

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Jamaican Roots Reggae pioneer Tony Moses (“the Chantsing Master”) has released his new single “Culture Queen” from the forthcoming full-length album Big People Business on all leading digital outlets worldwide.  Big People Business will be the first new album from Tony Moses in many years and will be released in early 2013 through Chantsing Muzik Productions / Independent Distribution Collective.
Tony Moses was born in Kingston, Jamaica as Tony Wright and imigrated to the United States at 18 years old.  He landed in Northern California where he established the first Reggae radio show anywhere in the world at the now legendary radio station KPOO 89.5FM, in San Francisco, which led to his moniker ‘Godfather’ of Reggae Radio in the Bay Area and throughout Northern California.
In 1975, with partner Ruel Mills, Tony launched Kingston Records the first all Reggae store on the West Coast of the U.S.  Later the two launched Kingston Productions which introduced Jamaica’s top recording and performing artists to Northern California audiences. This was the catalyst of California’s Reggae “Rush”.
Tony acted as M.C. for many large Reggae shows and festivals in Northern California and in 1975 he led the Sons of Creation band further promoting the music of Jamaica.  He also founded Mango Disco soon to become a major Bay Area reggae Soundsystem.  In 1980 Tony recorded and toured with the legendary Rastafarians and after 3 years of touring throughout the United States he returned to radio in San Francisco. During the 1980s Tony also recorded an album with Harold Butler’s Jah Army.
In 1990 Tony took a break from the ‘Reggae Rush’ of California to re-emerge into his born culture.  He took a few years off from recording and radio to live in the woods, growing food, and wrote the 13 poems that would eventually become the “Chantsing” words.  One of the pems was used in the book DREADS which is in print and available through Amazon.com
Between 1997 and 2000 Tony toured across Europe including U.K. Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the entire United States with (Michael Franti’s) Spearhead. They toured the world for 3 years supporting Spearhead’s second album Chocolate Super Highway.
 In 2000, Tony started recording his songs with various producers in the San Francisco Bay Area but found the best working relationship with “SUB 80” a/k/a Andrew Seidel in Oakland, CA where much of his new music was produced and recorded. Tony was also offered and accepted the position of Chairman for the non-profit organization Path of Native Africa and traveled to Africa in 2001.
Tony Moses’ knows that the diverse messages in Reggae Music have something for every one especially those who have suffered the hardship of poverty resulting from colonial downpression.

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