The Music Is Hope Foundation has released a groundbreaking “Summertime” cover featuring Julian Lennon and the children of Meninos Do Morumbi for the Meninos do Morumbi & Friends album project.
Featuring a poignant vocal by Lennon, backed by a hypnotic Brazilian rhythm performed by Flavio Pimenta and the students of Meninos do Morumbi, the track includes Lennon’s long time friend, co-writer & guitarist Justin Clayton, with additional percussion provided by Meninos do Morumbi alumnus Julio Santos. Grammy Award winning producer John Jones, who also performed bass, guitars and keyboards, first conceived the project. John’s worked with Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Sir George Martin, and Fleetwood Mac among others. John explained the choice to work with Julian in the following sentence: “His great voice, and his natural empathy for the plight of children, made him a perfect fit.”
The Music is Hope Foundation produces and markets music performed by children along with notable musicians, writers and producers. It is dedicated to the belief that Music education enhances both children’s ability to learn on every level and their passion to improve both their community and the world at large.
Meninos do Morumbi is a Brazilian organization that teaches music and performing arts to children growing up in challenging conditions. Gounded by its President Drummer Flavio Pimenta in the mid-nineties, it started with 3 boys, and reached a peak of 2,000 boys and girls. Due to the severe economic downturn it now only accommodates a few hundred students. Meninos has enjoyed visits from two U.S. Secretaries of State, the British Prime Minister, the President of the United States, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, has performed with John Mayer and
the Notre Dame marching band.
This “Summertime” cover can be purchased from the Music is Hope Foundation website at MusicIsHopeFoundaton.org, iTunes, Amazon and cdbaby, and is available for streaming on Spotify. Donations can be made at the website.
Richard Martinez at rmartinez@MusicIsHopeFoundation.org