MOKA

MOKA

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MOKA is a powerhouse soul project featuring sultry, smoky vocals, backed by inventive instrumental arrangements. MOKA draws on the vibe of the classic Philly soul scene, taking it into the future with uniquely original songwriting. Urban, Classic Soul w/ a futuristic twist. Acoustic duo sets also...

Biography

With a socially conscious edge, urban soul juggernaut MOKA
produces cool grooves and fluid sounds with strong songwriting
at its central core.

Sultry vocal powerhouse Pauline Houston presents a style that many attempt but few achieve, creating a new plateau for the new Soul movement. This is the real thing, taking you from smoky smooth ballads to edgy incantations of sistergirl soul. Guitarist/Producer Robb McCall lays out the luscious web of velvet sounds that beckons you with funky, fiery vibrations of rhythm and melody. Studio multi-instrumentalist McCall plays rhythm and lead guitar with
a fluid versatility and a uniquely emotional style.

MOKA's recordings feature McCall's innovative and exploratory production. Recorded and mixed at his Charging Bull Studio in Philadelphia,
his arrangements set the songs in alternate atmospheres which reveal
their true beauty and honesty.

MOKA's live show is a spectacle to behold and a genuine adventure.
Lie back and enjoy the ride that grooves you and feeds you,
swooning �Drink me! Smoke me!�

The MOKA sound is influenced by The Classic Philly Soul sound, the Motown Sound, the Stax/Volt Sound, Marvin Gaye, Mahalia Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight, Acid Jazz, Hip-Hop, Latin, Reggae and World Music.

MOKA is coming up from the roots...
brewing and blending a new sound for new times.
MOKA SMOKES!

Lyrics

Wash Away

Written By: Pauline Houston & Robb McCall

Wash Away
Performed by MOKA

Words & Music by Pauline Houston and Robb McCall

(spoken) This reminds me of flying, just above the water

(Chorus) I would wash your tears away
I would wash your tears away
I would wash your pain away
I would wash your sorrow from your eyes

I remember looking down at the people
I saw their hands reaching up, crying “Jesus! Save us! Save us from the water!”
And I remember buildings crashing down and trees uprooting
And if I could only call for the messiah, ‘cause the president wasn’t listening
I would say “Save my people! Lord, don’t let them drown in the water!”

I would reach down to you with such love
(Chorus continues throughout)
Because I know because I know, your fathers and your mothers made this nation rich
Because I know because I know your great-great-great grandmother got her back whipped
Picking the cotton, being raped by… (oh lord…)
Ooohhh, if I was the messiah, I would save, I would save my people
And I would give you all my love
Oh what a shame
Oh what a shame
And I would surely raise you
And I would surely raise you
And I would take your babies
And I’d build your spirits
I’d build you buildings that would make you rich, body, mind soul and spirit
If I was the messiah
I would lift you my people

Yeah, I will never forget this time in history
Now, Robb, I ain’t gonna forget…

Unchain

Written By: Pauline Houston & Robb McCall

Unchain My Soul

1) I’ve been running up that hill, lord, rocks and all
I’ve been running up that hill, lord, break my fall
I’ve been running ‘round in circles, so confused
I’ve been running ‘round in circles, tell me what to do

(Chorus) Please untie my hands, untie my feet, untie my body
Please unchain my heart, unchain my soul, unchain my mind

2) I used to be in pieces, lord, but now I’m whole
I’m picking up the pieces, lord, bless my soul
I’ve been climbing up from valleys to the sky
I may not ever get there lord but sure I’m gonna try

(Chorus) 2x

3) I’ve been caught in mental slavery, poverty of the mind
I’ve been caught in mental slavery, it robbed me blind
I’ve been running ‘round in circles, I can’t take no more
I’ve been chasing all those howling wolves from my door

(Chorus) 2x Please untie my hands, untie my feet, untie my body
Please unchain my heart, unchain my soul, unchain my mind
Please untie my hands, untie my feet, untie my body
Please unchain my heart, unchain my soul, unchain my mind

Still

Written By: Pauline Houston & Robb McCall

Still

1)Y’all done stress me father for I have sinned And all my inequities do take them away from me
Wash my soul in the rain so I can be the queen I should be
Help me to believe like my forefathers
Make me an example for you instead

Girl! They’ve been telling me you’ve been sitting by the wayside crying
Girl! They’ve been telling me you’ve been running ‘round in circles denying

(Chorus) And still you sit and cry by the broken window pane
Just waiting for a break in the rain
And will you ever find that peace of mind again
Just try not to go insane

2) I’ve been watching everyday, you running up and down the street as a child
Butterflies and misery up above your head
And ever since you’ve been singing, you’ve been screaming
And I’ve been asking you Girl! What’s inside your head?

You know it’s OK to exist in this world and be brave and do well
And rise up upon the ashes
Your mother did it, your father did it, and your brothers too
And it’s OK to be grounded upon the pressures, take those wraps off your head
It’s OK to live girl. Oh yeah!

(Chorus)
(Guitar solo)

Girl! They’ve been telling me you’ve been sitting by the wayside crying
Girl! They’ve been telling me you’ve been running ‘round in circles denying

(Chorus) And still you sit and cry by the broken window pane
Just waiting for a break in the rain
And will you ever find that peace of mind again
Just try not to go insane
Just try not to go insane…

Whole New Kind of Love

Written By: Robb McCall

Ever since you came to me – you came through me
You've been so good to me
And everything we’ve been through has led us to you
So I say “How do you do”

Miracles will surely happen
Sent down from heaven above
But this is…

(chorus) A Whole New Kind of Love
A Whole New Kind of Love
A Whole New Kind of Love
It’s a Whole New Kind of Love

Ever since we conceived you I would have believed you
If you said you’d be a star
And everybody around you knows that they found you
‘Cause that’s exactly what you are

Miracles will surely happen
Sent down from heaven above
But this is…
(chorus)

Miracle, you’re a miracle
Happens all the time
Miracle, you’re a miracle of mine

(guitar solo)

Miracles will surely happen
Sent down from heaven above
But this is…

(chorus) A Whole New Kind of Love
A Whole New Kind of Love
A Whole New Kind of Love
It’s a Whole New Kind of Love

Discography

"TIME IS NOW" is now available!
Track listing:

Lies & Alibis
Peace
Unchain
Whole New Kind of Love
Raw Street
Take Me Down
Still
Wash Away
Dance With Me
Unchain My Soul
Take Me Down (Reprise)
(Bonus tracks):
Still Static
Whole Nu Kinda Luv (CBMP Remix)
Still Dub

"Time is Now" represents a new generation of Philly Soul sound." -- Deesha Dyer, Philadelphia City Paper
In rotation on Soul Sanctuary radio show and Dusty Grooves, streaming on Rhapsody and eMusic.
Available internationally at CD Baby and iTunes.
Helen Leight's "Pick of the Day" on Philly's WXPN.

Set List

1-to-2 hour sets of original music, with some covers as appropriate. MOKA also perform as an acoustic duo (guitar & vocals) in venues where this is requested or more appropriate.