New single from Moe – Scandal Bag + Scandalous Dub
For Immediate Release – March 11th, 2022
AUSTIN-BASED SINGER, ALAN MOE MONSARRAT COLLABORATES WITH MUSIC FOR LIFE FOR A NEW SINGLE, “SCANDAL BAG.”
(AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 11, 2022; source: Music4Life) – Austin-based record label Music For Life releases new reggae single, “Scandal Bag” from Alan Moe Monsarrat (Mau Mau Chaplains, The Lotions, I-Tex, Stop The Truck).
Alan Moe Monsarrat shared his thoughts on the concept of Scandal Bag:
“The whole idea intrigued me when I heard about it. In Jamaica, the shopping bags that you get at the market are all black and cannot be seen through and are commonly known as “scandal bags.” Everybody has things they don’t want everybody to know, but people will go to great lengths to find out what’s in your bag. As soon you say it to somebody, they get curious about what it could be. In my song, I’m using it as a metaphor for nosy people trying to get into your business.”
DJ RJ loved Moe’s idea for the song and a track Moe and I created called “Side Steppin’ Riddim” was the one we decided to use for this. Omid Aski Laridjani played Persian setar and added an exotic musical aspect that you don’t usually hear in reggae. This track is one of the singles from the forthcoming Music For Life various artists album release, Perfect Friends, coming later in March.
You can buy or listen here on your favorite platform:
- Scandal Bag
- Scandalous Dub
ABOUT ALAN MOE MONSARRAT:
Alan Moe Monsarrat was born in the midst of mysterious and unbelievably bizarre circumstances in August of 1951. There were many babies such as Moe in Phenix City, Alabama, the town known at the time as “The Wickedest City in America,” babies were bought or stolen on a regular basis, then sold. Moe was raised as their own by his parents of record, George and Wilma Monsarrat. George was a distinguished military man and Wilma was a prominent local resident.
Moe grew up on military posts across the United States and in Japan. He
started down the path of public performance at a very early age, singing in the church choir. Having barely reached his teens, he was recruited by older members of a local band who heard him singing in the showers during gym class. Moe began playing Reggae in Hawaii in 1973 and later he co-founded the first reggae band in Texas, The Lotions. He now performs with The Mau Mau Chaplains and Music4Life in Austin. On April 20th, 2018 at Austin Reggae Festival, the Mau Mau Chaplains received a proclamation from the City of Austin declaring that day as “Mau Mau Chaplains Day” in Austin. They were recognized for doing more than 500 shows at their weekly residency on Wednesday nights at Flamingo Cantina for more than 10 years. During the COVID-19 lockdown, Moe continued to do his weekly residency with The Mau Mau Chaplains streaming through Facebook Live while all the clubs on Austin’s historic 6th Street Entertainment District we’re boarded up and closed. Moe’s fans spoke out recently when he was discussing his excitement about still playing on stage after so many years:
“Your excitement is contagious! Another reason we love you.”
ABOUT MUSIC FOR LIFE:
Music For Life is run by producer @DJRJ since 2014. RJ has been performing in Austin’s reggae scene since 1987 with many different bands. His bi-weekly radio program, Reggae Evolution, has been on the air on KAZI 88.7 FM every other Tuesday night from 7-10 PM since 1989.
PLAYERS OF INSTRUMENTS:
Alan Moe Monsarrat – bass, acoustic guitar, vocals, , keyboards
RJ Johnson – drums, keyboards, programming, engineering, mixing
Marc Schaefgen – guitar, keyboards
Omid Aski Laridjani – setar
Mario Vela – percussion
Chris Fischer: mastering
Distribution by Zojak Worldwide
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For general press inquiries about Scandal Bag or Music4Life, please contact RJ Johnson:
512 297 3575