Lenelle Moïse | Madivinez

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by Lenelle Moïse

LENELLE MOISE fuses spoken word, scat, storytelling & song for a fiery & elegant exploration of culture, sexuality & freedom. Lush, spirited vocals deliver politicized internal rhymes in this rousing, must-hear debut from a powerhouse of a performer.
Genre: Spoken Word: Poetry
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  Song Share Time Download
1. September 4, 2005
3:20 $0.99
2. Pied Piper
2:08 $0.99
3. Madivinez
1:41 $0.99
4. Sohardsoweak
5:48 $0.99
5. Prayer for Releasing Shame
0:54 $0.99
6. Eve Ill
3:14 $0.99
7. Voice of Lot's Wife, Near Sodom
2:31 $0.99
8. Atlantic Soul
2:32 $0.99
9. Distractions
1:37 $0.99
10. Ave Maria
4:18 $0.99
11. Stop Killing Us
0:34 $0.99
12. Loch Ness Monsters
2:38 $0.99
13. The Fuck You Now Manifesto
4:13 $0.99
14. Left Hand Over Hearts
2:02 $0.99
15. Second Coming
1:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Lenelle Moïse brings fierce passion..."

"Moïse's love letter to us all is her new CD, Madivinez."

"...Piercing, covering territory both intimate and political...vivid and powerful."

"Moïse writes on subjects from race and class struggles to love and feminist-fueled anger, her verses tumbling out in a delivery that’s like smooth notes of jazz one second, rapid-fire bullets the next."

Winner of the Patchwork Majority Radio 2007 Award:

Hailed "a masterful performer" by getunderground.com, LENELLE MOÏSE is a self-identified “culturally-hyphenated pomosexual poet, playwright and performance artist.” She writes politically-charged and intimate narratives about the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality and culture.

A recipient of a 2005-2006 Astrea Loving Lesbians Award for Poetry, the James Baldwin Memorial Award in Playwriting as well as the prestigious Sea Change Residency from the Gaea Foundation, she garnered a 2004 Drammy for her performance in Insight Out Theatre Collective's production of Cornered in the Dark and was New WORLD Theater's 2003 Poetry Slam champion. She has been a guest artist at the Culture Project, the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, Brown University, Carleton College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Evergreen State College, MIT, The Ohio State University, Skidmore College, SUNY Geneseo, Wesleyan and Yale, among others. She is currently touring her autobiographical one-woman show, "WOMB-WORDS, THIRSTING."

Lenelle's performative essays are featured in a number of anthologies, including: WORD WARRIORS: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution (Seal Press 2007); We Don't Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists (Seal Press 2006); RED LIGHT: Superhereos, Saints and Sluts (Arsenal Pulp Press 2005) and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader (Soft Skull Press 2005). Her debut spoken word CD, Madivinez, is now available.

She graduated with an MFA in Playwriting from Smith College in 2004. Her plays include: "Matermorphosis," an adaptation of Kafka's "Metamorphosis" commissioned by Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble; "Little Griot," a youth play about masculinity commissioned by the Drama Studio; "The Many Faces of Nia," a two-act comedy about stereotypes and Black-Jewish relations; "Cornered in the Dark," a choreopoem about the psychological aftermath of sexual assault; and "Purple," a youth play about dating violence commissioned by the Kitchen Theatre Company. Lenelle was also selected to contribute 25 monologues to We Got Issues, a "performance-based dialogue" on young women & voting produced by Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda and the Next Wave of Women in Power. At age 20, she earned a screenwriting credit for Sexual Dependency (2003), a feature-film directed by Bolivian filmmaker Rodrigo Bellot which won the International Film Critics' Award at the Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland) and has since been screened and awarded in dozens of festivals throughout the world.

Lenelle was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and currently resides in Western Massachusetts.

For more information, please visit www.lenellemoise.com.



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melodic, fresh
I like the subject matter. the delivery was powerful. Her voice and poetry were in harmony. I enjoyed the way the words flowed and the complexity of verbage that danced from her lips to my ears. I felt, imagined and breathed the passion of her words. Right on my sister, right on! WRITE ON!


Finally!!! If you've seen Lenelle live, you most likely share my sentiment: MORE PLEASE. I lean to the edge of my seat when her time's up..."Wait! I need to hear that line one more time!" The gut-punches leave me stunned, closing my eyes a moment to let it sink in and then Wham! she hits the nail on the head again, putting into words the wisdom she carries so gracefully. Finally!!! I can dance around to the fuck you now manifesto in the privacy of my own home. Thank you, Lennelle.

Debra Johnson

I was priviledged to see Lenelle perform here on campus at Ohio State University and absolutely had to purchase this cd. She is a wonderfully gifted performer. If you need anything to "perk" you up - the F.U. NOW manifesto will do the trick. Thiis is now my mantra!

Blackman Preach

Lenelle’s intense powerful storytelling and word play on this particular recording left me captivated. Great work! www.cdbaby.com/cd/blackman2

Myriam J. A. Chancy

Entrancing and Evocative
Lenelle Moïse's long-anticipated CD is a revelation and an incantation to the "loas" (Haitian gods) and the goddesses within ourselves. If you've seen Lenelle perform live, these cuts, some familiar, some new, will not disappoint; in fact, they'll inspire you to see her again and again and, if you've never seen Lenelle live, you'll want to. Most beautiful about the CD is that it mixes genres fearlessly, and courageously transforms the pejorative word for lesbian in Haitian Kreyol, "madivinez," into a celebration of the divine. The singing and percussion performed throughout are beautiful. Enough cannot be said so I'll end here by saying that after listening to the CD, I promptly ordered 4 more copies to give to friends. I'm honored to call Lenelle Moïse a sister-friend, fellow artist and riveting force of nature!