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Leslie Mandoki_ "WeSayThankYou." 6_30_20
Jun 30 2020 23 mins  
“#WeSayThankYou.” Leslie Mandoki is the Alan Parsons or Ringo Starr (both drummers) of Europe, having done tours with everybody including Ian Anderson, and also Jack Bruce, David Clayton Thomas, Supertramp's sax player, the Brecker brothers.Anne, 718-881-8183 Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Joins Leslie Mandoki for #WeSayThankYou to Our First Responders“We all thank the brave, hardworking front-line medics and care workers around the world. Leslie managed to put into the lyrics’ references to the police, grocery clerks, supermarket workers too. I would like to add those essential worker folks who it was impossible to squeeze into a three-minute songTo all, we say, thank you.”--Ian Anderson on singing and playing flute on Leslie Mandoki’s “WeSayThankYou." Los Angeles, CA - As the world continues to be consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson sings and plays flute with Mandoki Soulmates mastermind and leader Leslie Mandoki. Mandoki has found inspiration and a new spark of hope amidst the chaos. He has penned a powerful new song in appreciation for the heroes who have emerged in this global crisis, the nurses, doctors, and other health care providers as well as the grocery store clerks and food delivery personnel who have stepped up to serve their communities. The new song, entitled simply “#WeSayThankYou,” expresses so clearly the feelings of gratitude many of us have felt in these troubled times.Mandoki explains, “As an artist, I feel it is my duty to contemplate ideas for a better world. Now, like so many of us, I suddenly have the time. Let us grab this uncommon moment of pause together and take a new approach to the problems of the world. And let’s take a hard look at who this crisis is casting in a heroic light, and who comes out the villain.” The duet is being released as an EP on Thursday, May 7, 2020, through the Purple Pyramid imprint of indie giant Cleopatra Records, Inc. and is Mandoki Soulmate’s first release in the recently inked partnership with the L.A.-based label. Additional Mandoki releases are set to follow later this year.

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