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Mosno & The Moonbeams

Mosno & The Moonbeams
A desert eclectic serenade, with a gentle blend of East and West.

Mosno Al-Moseeki
(Frontman)
Sudanese singer-songwriter, with songs released in Germany, London, and South Africa. His song "No Kingdom" is in the award-winning short film "Faisl Goes West". In 2012 his website was shut down in his homeland Sudan due to his anti-regime song "System Down" going viral among the Sudanese communities. He has shared the stage with international artists such as Farah Siraj, Waleed Abulhameed, Rusted Root, and Grammy Nominated artist Mathew Santos


The Moonbeams
 
 
Nicholas Kosmas (Bass)
Blending the sounds and rhythms from his Greek-American roots with tones and scales found while having the opportunity to travel to Europe and Southwest Asia, Nicholas aims to find the right blend of spices for his own recipe of musical Earthling stew. Music has been part of Nicholas Kosmas's life prior to his first steps. A small music box guitar in his cradle would set the wheels in motion for a lifetime pursuit of all things musical.

Dan LaPorta (Percussion)
With a passion for melding world percussive instruments and a holistic embrace of rhythm and groove, Baltimore based musician and engineer Dan La Porta enjoys bringing sounds from near and far into the fold of his eclectic musical influences. Being introduced to Mediterranean frame drums ignited a new and lasting ardor that led him to briefly study with frame drum master Glen Velez who continues to influence Dan's percussive style along with Patrick Graham, Yshai Afterman, and Jamey Haddad.

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How freakin cool is that!!?

I have always had a healthy obsession with the moon, I never knew why, and I never questioned it. I've just always found comfort in sitting or standing, and stare at the moon. It always clams me down.
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Song Release Today!!: Moon Dancer

I'm SUPER excited to announce, that TODAY we have released the single "Moon Dancer" to the world.

Yes, its finally happening. the full EP "Selenophilia : Moon Songs" will be coming shortly.

But for the moment, one of my favorite songs in this EP is now yours to hear and download in your favorite music streaming platform.

We hope you enjoy it and that it gets you ready for the full release coming VERY soon.

Thank you again for all the support.
I love you.
-Mosno


Blue for Sudan.

It is difficult, very difficult, and I'm sure many of my Sudanese diaspora around the world feel like I do. My beloved Sudan is going through some extraordinary changes, and unfortunately it has brought forth many lost lives, and even more instability in my beautiful home-land.

Being a foreigner in a foreign land, it feels..odd, and powerless, knowing that all I can do is re-tweet, or write blog posts about the situation there, while many are fighting for their lives, for the soul and future of our country, and ergo for me.

Saying "Shukran (Thank You)" is not enough, saying "I love you" is not enough, saying anything is not enough, but saying nothing is unacceptable.

When I started my musical journey many years ago, I had made a decision, it was to not sing political songs. I wanted to be a prototype, not a stereotype. The main reason for that was, to sing to my Western audience songs that they would relate to, songs about love, about heart-break, about..life…