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MoShang is a sound jeweler living in Taiwan. He collects rough audio diamonds from the streets of Taiwan (be they overheard conversations, street-ads blared from the ubiquitous blue-trucks, street processions or funeral chants) and fuses them with traditional Chinese instruments and laid-back beats to create a unique blend of downtempo electronica he likes to call Chinese Chill.

Although he is slightly embar- rassed to admit it, MoShang (aka Jean Marais) started his musical career as a choral singer in his native South Africa in the early 1980's. Around the same time, he received his first computer - a Commodore VIC-20. His passion for music and computers would eventually culminate in the release of his debut solo album Made In Taiwan in 2004.

Along the way, MoShang was the front man of Duusman (an Afrikaans language art rock band), played the saxophone for Tsunami (on the Gallo Jazz label), and pro-


duced 10 tracks on three award- winning music and poetry albums with the celebrated South African poet Breyten Breytenbach. He was half of the Afrikaans pop-duo 12Hz with Riku Lätti (their debut Nou has been described as the most progressive Afrikaans album ever) and he received a South African AVANTI award for his music to the short film Angels in a Cage.

Moshang's track Nun Other was a finalist in the 2005 / 2006 International Songwriting Compe- tition.


Visit MoShang at home:

Listen to Anji Bee's interview with Moshang - Chillcast Special Feature: MoShang.

Listen to Mark Forman's interview with MoShang on his Getting a Leg Up podcast (the contest mentioned in the interview is now closed).