Moses, the Guyanese saw-playing musician

Moses, the Guyanese saw-playing musician with an Honorary Doctorate

October 28, 2012 | By KNews | By Lin-Jay Harry-Voglezon (American Int’l News Correspondent)

These media operatives are fascinated by the exploits of the ‘saw man’, Moses Josiah.

He was at 14th Street-Times Square, a major hub of New York’s extensive subway. On any day, that and other underground hubs would be spiced with artistic performances from able and disabled artistes, seeking recognition and income, if permitted by the New York Audition Board.

“You are Guyanese, right?” I asked. His eyes twinkled. His voice buoyantly replied, “Yes, I am”. “And you are Moses?” I enquired. “I’m Moses Josiah, called ‘The Maestro’.”

While attracting his attention, a team of media men were engaging him too, exploring their curiosities, recording every answer, the glissando or portamento as the cello bow traveled along the non-serrated edge of the baritone saw. They captured too, the bouncing, twitching rhythm of his right leg which adds vibrato to the ethereal hymns and national songs of Guyana.    [more – Moses Josiah]

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  • lukeone45  On November 5, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I can still hear the plaintive saw…hymns of my youth uniquely etched in my memory of when he held us spellbound
    at the PH church on Charlotte Street; a deserving tribute to an extremely talented musician!

  • BERNARD N. SINGH  On November 5, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I remember this man from 1967 or 68 playing at ST. ANN,s school in AGRICOLA VILLAGE, A.B.C. FENTY was the headmaster at the time,thanks for the memories.

  • francis jackson  On November 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I remembered seeing Josiah with the saw as was said back then around the 60’s on CBS or NBC night show, if I am not mistaken he might have been on Johnny Carson show on NBC. A human treasure for our history books. Great music!

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