Emotional impact, that‚s what Mo & Grazz are going for. No talk of „bitches
and „bling bling” here, but a refreshing view on what really matters.
Mo (full name Monique Harcum) and Grazz (aka DJ Grazzhoppa) met in August
2003 in the States. She was singing at that time with the Grammy nominated
„Afropean‰ hip hop/R & B duo Les Nubians, he was DJ‚ing with the equally
intercontinental artist Zap Mama. Their tours came together and the two hit
it off. Grazz, from Bruges and educated in hip hop, Monique born in the city
of Philadelphia, source of the wall-to-wall Philly sound (Gamble & Huff!) A
(musical) match made in heaven, although writing and creating together only
came after the romantic interest.
The track records of Mo&Grazz each are no less than impressive. Monique was
influenced by the likes of Sam Cooke, Gladys Knight & The Pips and Aretha
Franklin. She toured with Zap Mama and Grammy Award winning R&B artist Jill
Scott and can be heard on the live album, „Experience Jill Scott.
Grazz became European DMC Champion in 1991 and third in the ITF World DJ
Championships in 1998. He worked in the theatre, in the studio and on stage
with De Puta Madre, Zap Mama, Wizzards Of Ooze, Marakbar, Blade, Mr. Greedy,
Anne Theresa De Keersmaker, Abdelazziz Sorrokh, Dirk Verstockt & Lazara
Albear Tossel, Aka Moon, Mark Ribot, David Shea, Jaki Liebezeit to name but
a few ∑
Grazz has released about 100 records on vinyl and CD and is a widely
respected name in the European hip hop underground. He recently took his
love of experiment another step further with DJ Grazzhoppa‚s DJ Bigband, a
turntable extravaganza featuring 12 DJ‚s, vocals by Monique and the
collaboration of sax player Fabrizio Cassol.
In their home base Gent, Mo & Grazz have shaped their debut album, which was
recorded and mixed in Studio Caraïbes in Brussels under the productional
guidance of Denis Moulin and with a host of guest musicians in the wings.
Hearts are about to be seduced, souls are waiting to get captured. Stay
tuned for more Mo & Grazz.