Manitoba Music

Moses Mayes

Funk, House, Urban

Formed in 1999, Moses Mayes and the Funk Family Orchestra began what was to become a very successful weekly funk show at Braemar Bakery in Winnipeg. These shows would lead to an album which would lead to many cross-Canada tours culminating in a Prairie Music Award in 2001.  


After several years of touring, the Moses Mayes sound would begin to mature, showing the influence of artists such as Jamiroquai and Herbie Hancock. The end result would be the instrumental album “Needle To The Groove”, an acid-jazz fusion of funk-grooves and synth-scapes.


Following it’s release, Moses Mayes, now veterans of the club and festival circuits, would share the stage with such legends as Herbie Hancock, Kool and the Gang and James Brown. Wanting to continue to grow musically Moses began collaborating on songs with several different vocalists. Some of these would end up on the experimental EP, Rock It So Hard while others were destined for the full length album produced by dance-floor killer Jamie Shields of The New Deal. Winner of a Western Canadian Music Award in 2007, Second Ring is a forward-thinking fusion of funk, jazz, house and pop that stays true to MM's old-school roots — but isn’t afraid to push them.


In 2011 founding members Mark Penner and Grant Paley announced their departure from Moses to explore other opportunities. Antin and Nathan, still excited about the future plans for the band welcomed Stephen Arundell as the new guitarist for Moses Mayes and Maiko Watson as featured vocalist on the new album. 


2013 marked the release of the 5th and most dynamic album by Moses Mayes. Featuring Maiko Watson on vocals, the new album takes the Moses sound to a whole new level of dance/funk fusion. With heavy grooves influenced by artists such as Chic, Jamiroquai and MJ and with Maiko’s stunning voice and carefully crafted melodies, the new album is guaranteed to get your body moving.



"Intrafusion" from Second Ring

"Tell Me" from Second Ring


Moses Mayes featuring Maiko Watson

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Moses Mayes at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival

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