A Zimbabwean singer/poet/actress/activist/ offers her cd as an uncompromising musical diary with an innovative mix of Afro-caribbean global influences weaved with soul and jazz.
" ..Many excited listeners called in wanting to know where they could hear more of her." DJ Nomadik( formely 88.9fm WERS)2003
...."Prepare to be touched, angered, relaxed, challenged , soothed and renewed all at once...Truly ,this Cd is one of the best local productions by an individual artist..." Jamarhl Crawford- For Weekly Dig ( boston)2004
...." Ms U-Meleni is a perfect 10. She actually asks how I feel other teachers don't care...." Sarina( on of my students in 7th grade)
...." the sound and music brought me back way back to a Nina Simone like sound, poetry, verse and song all wrapped in one...the millenium generation is in for a surprise.." Anita Raynor, Roxbury, MA-Educator. 1/4/05
U-MELENI whose Ndebele/Zulu name means " What are we waiting for?" is a Zimbabwean Multi-dimensional Soul Artist who has been performing her poetry throughout the Boston area for several years. She has performed at numerous Venues some are: Afrocentrics, Lizard Lounge in Cambridge , Verbalization, Cantab Lounge, etc Clubs -Estelles, Slades, All Asia , Matt Murphys, Wallys's , Milky Way lounge in Jamaica Plain, MA, USA ) where she was also the Host for LIQUID FUSION .for several months in Nov 2000- June 2001 which sought to foster collaborate in Artists at open mic events. She has also graced the airwaves having been a repeated guest at WERS 88.9FM for April 2003 Live Music Week as well as other college radio stations. She has together with a group of talented female Artists raised funds and awareness for Domestic Violence and Girls /Women's programs at conferences and college circuits. In addition she has facilitated workshops on Wellness to youth in the Boston Public Schools for the past four years promoting positive healthy lifestyles and Artistic -Expression.
She has also OPENED and MODELLED two Annual Haitian Brothers Networking Nationwide (HBNN) Fashion Shows in 2000 and 2001. She has also lent her passion for words CO-WRITING the narration in the independent film " In My Mother's House" directed by Andrew Millington that was shown in the Roxbury Film Festival summer 2003 shown at Northeastern University, part of the Color of Film Series. In October 2003, U-MELENI SELF -RELEASED her debut CD "SOUL PSALMS-Birth, Death, Resurrexion" which is a semi-autobiographical journey into her soul through word power and vocal vibrations stemming from her love of all music and her Shona /Zulu Heritage.
HER CD IS AVAILABLE AT JAMAICAWAY BOOKS IN JP and SKIPPY WHITES ( Columbus ave-Egelston, JP) FOR $10!!!