AMERICAN FRUITS WITH AFRICAN ROOTS
Lift Every Voice and Sing
This is my arrangement that was inspired by the release of Nelson Mandela from twenty-seven years of prison incarceration in South Africa. I have been performing my version of the song since 1991 all over America and the world. Finally fans will be able to purchase my version of the song.
The title of this web site is also one of the new compositions. The song has been performed and featured on CSPAN, at the Abyssinia Baptist Church in Harlem, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
A new anthem, this song honors all of those who demonstrate leadership everyday in the classrooms, urban communities, churches, courts and political platforms in America. Inspired by Law Professor Charles Ogletree, the song honors courageous Americans who are rarely featured on the six o'clock news.
American Fruit with African Roots
The title cut is a song written by Zulema more than thirty years ago. Produced by the rising star Miklos Malek, (http://miklosmalek.com). It is our hope that this musical project will usher in a new era in music. It is scheduled for regional release in November 2007 and an international release in December 2007.
This song about diversity features a children's choir and was the chosen song to kick off the 2004 Wang Center for the Performing Arts Annual Gala honoring Esta Gordon Epstein and Beth Nichols Lee, where an initial $35,000 dollars was pledged for a new Fine Arts Youth facility. This song was initially featured in a full-length movie and in 2000 and won the Connecticut State Education award for the best diversity centered movie-video project that year. This song was a joint writing effort between these young people and their teacher Terri Hess.
The new CD will also feature seven new songs that will thrill listeners
Kings and Queens
Kings and Queens premiered this year at Harvard University Law School for the grand opening of The Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at the Harvard University Law School.
This new song chronicles the theft of Black Music and calls out all of those who have recycled and documented jazz, blues, pop, gospel and soul displacing its authentic creators and transferring that ownership into the hands of thieves of indigenous people's cultural art and expression.
In Other Words
Every CD must have at least one love song and this CD is no exception. The song In Other Words, captures that innocent love that makes you babble and stumble when you are in the company of someone who takes your breath away. The twist in this song is that in 2006, even love cannot make you someone's doormat.
Don't Go There
This song speaks to the video "whores", "wanna-bees" and opportunist who will do anything to attain their fifteen minutes of fame.
This song takes a stab at the "don't ask don't tell" mentality that continues to ruin individual lives, divide families and destroy many children who are forced to live with the "secrets" of child abuse and loves that don't meet the approval of those who make judgements about race, sexual orientation, class and gender.
See-Ya Wouldn't Want To Be-Ya
This is a musical commentary on those political, cultural and religious celebrities who violate the trust of the public with their drug abuse, sexual escapades and outright thievery, and then go public seeking our forgiveness.
Half Empty Glass
The CD ends with a song that promises to be one of the best songs in 2006-2007. Half Empty Glass. The music, lyrics and performances will remind the listener of great songs like "The Greatest", "We Are the World" and "Bridge over Troubled Waters.
PRODUCED AND ARRANGED BY
Miklos Malek and Lawrence Watson
Miklos Malek at The Orange Room, Hollywood, CA
except Track 11 mixed by Aris Archontis at Archon
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE
Tata Vega, DoRite Records Recording Artist
Patricia Lacey and Gwendolyn Leathers
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND VOCALS
Aaron Loveland, Arthur Rogiers, Athene Wilson,
Evelyn McDonald, Lawrence Watson, Miklos Malek,
Rhea Dummett, Theresa Jones,
Renaldo Perez (spoken Spanish words on Track 4)
BERKLEE CHOIR on “HALF EMPTY GLASS”
Angela Rolling, Beth Longwell, Carol Souki,
Claudia Eliaza, Corinne Delgado, David Blount,
Dee lavender, Elisabeth Dudash, Georgel Arevala,
Gwendolyn jones, Ian Wikerson, Jania Issac,
Jessica pong, Judith Anglade, Justin Bocchieri,
Justine Ok, Kimberly Khare, Kwatice Ecell,
Lennie Diaz, Miriam Greenhbaum, Naedia Halliburton,
Phillip Bailey Jr.
Kenwood Dennard (additional drums on Track 4)
Vincent Brown (Tracks 6, 10) Mijin (Track 4)
Vincent Brown, Misayuki Hirano (Tracks 3, 4, 10)
ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRIC GUITARS
Tyrone Chase, Miklos Malek
Elliot Hunt (Track 2)
Ricardo Monzon (Tracks 4, 8, 9, 11)
Danubia Symphony Orchestra
Condected by Miklos Malek Snr.
First violinist - Balazs Bujtor
String Arrangements by Miklos Malek Snr. (Track 6)
and Miklos Malek (Tracks 2, 3, 10, 12)
Aris Archontis and Miklos Malek at Archon
Mark Wessel and Will Sandalls at
Blue Jay Studio, Carlise, MA.
(asst.engineer Adam Drake, Al Carson and Jmaes Zaner)
Miklos Malek at L-EGO Studio, NY
and The Orange Room, Hollywood, CA.
(asst.engineer Adam Balazs)
Tamas Gesiczki at Aquarium Studios, Budapest, Hungary.
David Sparr at Little Dog Studio in Malden, MA.
Paul Womack at Studio C
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA.
(asst. engineer Pamela Harght)
Sound Technics, Boston, MA.
Waltz Audio, Boston, MA
Tiffany Davis- Rustam
Chaz Maviyane Davies
Jesse Fontaine, except where indicated.