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TRACKS
 

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.

 

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. 

 

Reparations
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. 

The Tree
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. 

Differences
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-The Legacy

Kings and Queens - a Legacy 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.

Liar -Liar

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. 

Secrets

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.

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.

And 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.

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.

CREDITS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Lawrence Watson

 

PRODUCED AND ARRANGED BY
Miklos Malek and Lawrence Watson

 

MIXED BY
Miklos Malek at The Orange Room, Hollywood, CA

except Track 11 mixed by Aris Archontis at Archon

LEAD VOCALS
Lawrence Watson

SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE
Tata Vega, DoRite Records Recording Artist

BACKGROUND VOCAL
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.

DRUMS
Lyndon Rochelle
Kenwood Dennard (additional drums on Track 4)

 

BASS
Justin Raines

 

ACOUSTIC PIANO
Misayuki Hirano
Vincent Brown (Tracks 6, 10) Mijin (Track 4)

 

ORGAN, CLAVINET

Vincent Brown, Misayuki Hirano (Tracks 3, 4, 10)

ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRIC GUITARS
Tyrone Chase, Miklos Malek
Elliot Hunt (Track 2) 

 

TRUMPET
Christian Scott

 

PERCUSSION
Ricardo Monzon (Tracks 4, 8, 9, 11)

 

STRINGS
Danubia Symphony Orchestra
www.danubiaorchestra.com
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)

MASTERED BY
Aris Archontis and Miklos Malek at Archon

 

RECORDING ENGINEERS/STUDIOS
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

 

CD DESIGN
Tiffany Davis- Rustam

 

COVER ART
Chaz Maviyane Davies

 

ADDITIONAL ART
Keith  Jones

 

PHOTOGRAPHY
Jesse Fontaine, except where indicated.