Mo Ambesa

Mo Ambesa

 Brattleboro, Vermont, USA

With our positive vibration cannons, Mo Ambesa come to scatter Babylon away. One Love. Its a roots rock vibe meshed with hip hop/jazz.... In a tumbler add two parts Wailers, one part Rage, shake well and pour over ice with a sprig of Coltrane. Mo Ambesa--'Children of the Lion'.


"A house built on granite and strong foundations, not even the onslaught of pouring rain, gushing torrents, and strong winds will be able to pull down." -- Qedamawi

Honing in from Brattleboro, Vermont, Mo Ambesa breaks genre barriers with original conviction. Drawing on Reggae, Hip-Hop, and Jazz beats they steap melodic improvised lines into heavy drum and bass rhythms that dance the people.

Mo Ambesa's lyricists invoke the teachings of RasTafari, Leonard Peltier, Sufi and other mystics. Through poetic word they empower conscious living and impartial justice.

The group's horn section, formerly of Trumystic, has been dropping rich Bebop and Funk lines since the days of their youth. And it is through the Vermont Jazz Center that the band met and developed their unique approach to music.

Their name means 'Children of the Lion' in the Amharic language of Ethiopia.

In this Pop Star addicted culture, Mo, the "children", bring musical water and resolve to the parched.

Now for a word on the individuals:

Dan Rostov began learning music from his father, guitarist Bruce Rasow in elementary school. His early musical influences of Marilyn Manson and White Zombie were later replaced by Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. In high school his main musical mentors were trumpeter Stevie Sonntag and pianist Eugene Uman.
Rostov first became known in the musical community through the dub reggae band, Trumystic, out of Brooklyn, touring the United States for two years. During much of the three years since, Rostov has traveled, playing with bands in Senegal, Gambia, Nepal, and India. He also currently plays with the Senegalese reggae band Aziz Boukote, which has just released the CD 'Guidance' and toured West Africa and Europe in early 2008.

Dylan Richardson is a master of many arts and most recently a graduate of Hallmark School for Photography, MA. At an early age he took great interest in the likes of Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, and John Coltrane. His most influential teacher through the years has been the NH saxophone colossus, Scott Mullett. In recent years Dylan has been developing his Hiphop ability, vibing to the likes of Immortal Technique and Black Thought from The Roots.

Ben Carr started playing music in the 4th grade (saxophone), though didn’t pick up the drums until his freshman year of college. He grew up near Philadelphia then travelled to NOLA to play music, and did so till moving to Brattleboro in 2005. He has shared the stage with members of Phish, Trumystic, Carlos Averhoff, Eugene Uman, Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, and Ayizan Sannon.

For many years Pat Stevens has played in a wide variety of groups around Southern Vermont. He's played styles ranging from funk to folk and jazz to rock, and has never been attributed to one lone instrument. Whether it be drums, guitar or bass, when a group was seeking an player, he was usually there to fill the void. His vast influences make him a versatile player and with Mo Ambesa he's been able to hint at styles unique to reggae/hip-hop on the bass guitar.

Isaac Luxon is at present a jazz guitar major in the Jazz and African Music program at UMass Amherst. Isaac has previously studied at the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro Vermont and at the Concord Community Music School in Concord New Hampshire.

Joel Eisenkramer has studied guitar for a number of years, performing with different groups in Vermont and Santa Cruz, California. Joel is also student of Dr. Ranjan Kumar, Mohan Veena player of the University of Delhi, India.


'EP' -- 2007

'Metaphor' -- July 2010.

Frequent radio play on WVEW LP-FM (
and WOOL FM (

Set List

Sets run approx 55 min, with the ability to adapt a shorter or longer set.

Due Reward
Free Mumia
Open Your Eyes
Ohana (Ona Da Beach)
Lonnie's Lament
Psalm of the Herb
Erase Your Fantasy
Red Gold Green Blues
Wahi Kapu
**more available upon request**