MoJahrock makes Red Bones debut

Friday, April 30, 2010    

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Jamaica's newest band MoJahrock will make their premier debut performance at Redbones Blues Cafe on Friday May 7 at 8:30 pm in what promises to be an exciting evening of roots reggae, pop, rock covers and original songs.

The band features founder and leader, guitarist Maurice Gordon along with some of Kingston's finest young musicians, singers and composers: Jermaine Blake, Phebe Ann Henry, Andrew Ayre, Stephen Maxwell, Shawn Anderson and Nyerere Thomas.

MoJahrock is a group created by guitarist and teacher Maurice Gordon in June 2008 featuring some of his students from the School of Music. The first aggregation first performed as The Other Side to support his private junior students at their annual summer showcase at Redbones Blues Cafe. The current line up came together in 2009 using the the show name De Rock which has now evolved into the band MoJahrock.

The main mission of the group is to be a cutting edge reggae, rock and pop vocal and instrumental experience performing mainly originals and a few relevant covers songs in both teh insstrumental dn vocal music category. Musical iInfluences include Marley, Hendrix, Santana the blues, Rand B, contemporary rock and popular Jamaican music.

The members of MoJahrock include guitarist, composer, founder and leader Maurice Gordon, Jermaine Blake, Phebe-Ann Henry, Stephen Maxwell, Shawn Anderson and Nyerere Thomas.

Gordon, known predominantly as a one of Jamaica's finest jazz guitarist and teacher, has toured, recorded and performed reggae and rock with Jimmy Cliff and Mutabaruka. MoJahrock is his premier reggae, rock and pop experience.

Singer Jermaine Blake is currently in his first year doing a Diploma in Jazz and Popular music Performance at Edna Manley College. He a composer for the group and works with his family band Total Five and has been doing shows with Gordon. He recently entered a song into the 2010 JCDC Festival competition.

Singer Phebe-Ann Henry is a graduate of the School of Music/Edna Manley College. A singer and song writer, she also provides background vocals for local artistes live and in the studio. Bassist Andrew Ayre is a student of Gordon in his second year in the jazz and pop programme.

Keyboardist Stephen Maxwell is in his final year student in the jazz and pop programme. He studied classical piano before switching departments and currently plays at the Church on the Rock. Drummer Shawn Anderson is also a student but is currently taking break from school before returning. He is active with Gordon, Nambo Robinson, Michael Sean Harris and other local acts. Guitarist Nyerere Thomas is the newest member of the group and he is a preliminary qualifying year student at School of Music

MoJahrock has had several successful full house performances at Redbones Blues cafe, Friends on The Deck, Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and Blues on The Green 2010. The band has also entered a song written by composer Jermaine Blake entitled Reggae Music for the 2010 JCDC Festival Competition.





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