Denise Gordon | We Need the Children

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We Need the Children

by Denise Gordon

R&B with an African Flavor Funk
Genre: Urban/R&B: Rhythm & Blues
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"We Need the Children"
CD Single Release by Denise Gordon
R&B with an African Flavorful Funk...

was written for all the children of Africa. With war and disease plaguing the African continent, what is the foundation for its future... its children.

"In Africa they die by the age of five..." is a fact where childhood diseases claim the lives of the innocent who do not have access to immunizations and potable water. "AIDS orphans by the time they are three..." holds true as the disease ravages the continent forcing children to grow up without one or both parents. "Wars rage as they give a child soldier a gun...." has been the norm in Congo, Burundi, Angola, Uganda, Sierre Leone, Rwanda and Liberia using upwards of 120,000 children during their past and current civil strife.

The song serves as a reminder to the world that in order for it to survive, in order for a new day to evolve that will respond to society's ability to thrive... "We Need the Children."

This song represents Denise Gordon's recording debut. It was featured during the Rally for Peace in Burundi in September 2002, where Denise was appropriately accompanied by 30 children in the performance. She is delighted that it is a song that carries a message while you tap your foot. It is most befitting that this native New Yorker launches her CD single in Africa as she started her singing career in Rwanda and has performed in Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Burundi and Uganda. Denise is a two-time winner of the Amateur Night at the Apollo in Harlem USA and has been an opening act for the sensational R&B group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.

"We Need the Children" was written by Denise Gordon in Burundi in central Africa, a country racked by a 10 year civil war, It was for a fund raiser to assist the Batwa children in Burundi. The Batwa, a marginalized group living on fringes of society, need assistance in so many ways, including educating their children. In rehearsal with her favorite musicians of Tatunane El Jazz from Tanzania, David Nhigula, Tom Nhigula, Charles Mhuto and Jean Marie "Buddy" Magloire from Burundi, they worked with Denise and created the groove. "We Need the Children" is an R&B mix with an African flavorful funk. The children voices heard in the background were recorded in a primary school playground in Buyenzi in Burundi's capital Bujumbura. Backing vocals were provided by local talent in Kigali and Bujumbura. The production and technical support was provided by Denise Gordon and Charles Mhuto from CafrikaVibe Productions in Dar es Salaam, Tedd Josiah from Blu Zebra Records in Nairobi and Aron Tounga from Kool Stuff Studios in Kigali. The song was recorded in Nairobi and Bujumbura, mixed in Rwanda, making it a true East African/Great Lakes creation and collaboration.

Denise has lived 15 years in Africa, ten of those in East Africa working in humanitarian assistance. She is inspired to sing her own songs and has released her first full album in October 2006, entitled Wangu We and is available on

For more information :; Tel: (Kenya) (254) 201-933;
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Dave Chimwemwe Marama

What a joy to come from friends!
I stumbled on this by coincidence. Two things: the message and you my friends still doing it well, next time, please count me in as I am available to contibute to this worthy cause! Charl and Dave, miss you guys and keep the groove on..he he! On another note, worth investing in those African grooves you do very well! "Love from Down Under
;-) -Chimwemwe.

Mo Flo

Breath-taking Song.
You've opened a window,
You've shown us the light,
And the love for children will continue to burn bright.
God Bless you Girl.


homebrewed,local stays lekka
This is the most valueble asset that we are not taking note of,our children.They are the same as music,don't hear them,feel them.

Wtd Enterprises & Entertainment

skip the funktologist/kuvo radio 89.3
we need the children - absolutely incredible song!!!!

Merinda Evans

I like
I really love this afro-pop beat and the words are sooooo
deep. You just got to listen and feel the emotions in this song! The musics got a fun groove and makes you move in your seat!

Anna E. Lamikanra

This CD portrays some of the most pressing issues facing Africa. The tunes are upbeat and provide an opportunity for one to enjoy as well as think about an African reality.

Abraham Konteh

Sustainability of our race widely depends on the Children......
This CD send home a message to us, to love an cherish the young ones, they are the furture. Their tomorrow depends on what we do for them today.


fub web u got here!!
diva, you rock gal this cd is terific u r blessed! thanx for standing in the gap for my afican small brothers and sisters

Luchie Pestano

Children, the hope of tomorrow
As the children are the hope of tomorrow, we should mold and train them to become our future leaders! The future lies in them.