"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 cdbaby.com/cd/denisegordon2
For more information :
Denise@DeniseGordon.com; Tel: (Kenya) (254) 201-933;
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