Refusing to be placed in any category, Mosno Al-Moseeki is a master of effortlessly commanding the stage and the mind.

Taking listeners around the globe and back through his music, the Sudanese artist can’t help but infuse the colorful rhythms of his native country with that of the Western culture he found upon moving to the United States in 1998.

Now, with his second EP, Un-Genre, and a breakaway hit single “System Down” Al-Moseeki is not only entertaining crowds, but providing the sounds for a movement sweeping his native country.

“My motto is to be a prototype not a stereotype, and I try to do that in music and as a person,” said Al-Moseeki.

Over the past year the “Third World Rocker” has enjoyed international success, with his music featured in the short film, “Faisal Goes West”, directed by Bentley Brown. As a member of the group “t3N,” Al-Moseeki’s “Live for Now” has also topped charts both in South Africa and Europe.

“His main goal is to be a positive representative of Sudan,” said Sahffi Lynne, the other half of the Al-Moseeki’s duo, goatFish. “System Down” is making a lot of waves in the Sudanese community. I’m really proud of him not only for bringing a positive light, but for being an inspiration to the people there.” The pair formed a duo in early 2012 but have been providing each other with background vocals for three years. Al-Moseeki says because of his travels and strong sense of culture, projects like Un-Genre have many different feels that hopefully will bridge the gap between East and West. “When I had the first draft of the music I had several of my friends listen to the collection of songs and asked them ‘If you wanted to buy this in a music shop where would you go?’ Some said rock, some said world, some said alternative, and some said blues or jazz” “I was expecting one or two, but for so many people to give me different genres, I thought ‘maybe this album is not to be in any genre.” Al-Moseeki and Lynne are currently working on a first full-fledged album, Novella, to be released this summer.

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Alexis Taylor

AFRO Staff Writer