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‘The Greatest Lives’, a tribute to Muhammad Ali by Thembeka Mnguni – Sneak preview in Celebration Of his birthday today!

Written by Joe Deninzon & Anne Leighton

The Greatest Lives is an upcoming single about poet/humanitarian/boxing champ Muhammad Ali, performed by Thembeka Mnguni. It will be on Thembeka’s upcoming album released through Universal SA later this year. It will also be released as a single In the United States, and on Joe Deninzon & Anne Leighton’s “The Greatest Lives – Songwriters’ EP.” The two veteran artists knew they had written a special song, and asked Thembeka, one of their favorite singers, to record it.

Though known for his prowess as a violinist, fronting Stratospheerius and playing in orchestras for acts including Game of Thrones, 50Cent, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and Renaissance, Joe produces, plays guitar, and bass on the track.

Other musicians featured on the song are Carmine Appice (Cactus, Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart) on drums and Jeremy Beck on keyboards (piano and Hammond B3); hence the hashtag #BeckDeninzonAppice. The Songwriters’ EP will be released on Joe’s D-Zone Entertainment, and distributed through CDBaby.

A working creative writer and publicist, Anne, who is a poet/songwriter/publicist/etc. got the idea in 1984 after Muhammad Ali announced his diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease. She wrote “What does he want us to know?,” and put it in her song idea box that she started as a teenager.

Listen to ‘The Greatest Lives’ on Soundcloud

About Thembeka Mnguni
(pronounced—Tem-Bekka mm-Guuu-ni )

Thembeka loved THE GREATEST LIVES’ message about having a strong character. “It’s important to always remember that I’m nothing without my supporters because they drive me by just looking up to me. Though it’s a heavy load, it comes with the job. I speak openly about my son, my life, past abuse and my current success or failures”, she states.

Thembeka is signed to South Africa’s Universal Music, and on the verge of releasing her first album. A finalist on The Voice South Africa and a Mommy, Thembeka’s greatest cause is as spokesperson for Austism.  She is also a brand ambassador for MUD Designer Makeup SA and for Body Confidence International.

“The Greatest Lives” is inspired by poet/humanitarian/champ Muhammad Ali’s words and actions.  It will be available on reverbnation, bandcamp and radio on Ali’s birthday, this January 17.



Find ‘ The Greatest Lives’ on digital stores and streaming platforms on January 31 in time for Black History Month!

The Greatest Lives  will also be released via Universal SA on Thembeka’s album later this year and on the The Greatest Lives – Songwriters’ EP” on March 21.

The Greatest Lives Lyrics

I won’t look down on those
that look up to me
we all wanna shine bright
but sometimes there’s reason to fight

It’s always the season
to fight for equality
Some may hate what we achieve
but we got reason to believe

CHORUS: The Greatest lives for the greatest lives
there’s light and there’s fight in your inner child
The Greatest lives for the greatest lives
To face all our fears and to Never Say Die

Character matters
and strong action make us masters
Ali says Protect them
so they won’t be suffering.

Sometimes we feel alone
Because others just don’t know
Raise up your fist
and find our courage to resist

CHORUS: The Greatest lives for the greatest lives
There’s light and there is fight in our inner child!
The Greatest lives for the greatest lives
To face all our fears and to never say die

BRIDGE: And even though you feel like screaming
at all the hatred in this world
It’s so surreal you must be dreaming
It’s time to let your love unfurl

© 2019 Joe Deninzon (FiddleFunk Music) and Anne Leighton (Sheer Publishing)
All Rights Reserved.

The Greatest Lives track info

Lead Vocals, background harmonies: Thembeka Mnguni
Jeremy Beck: piano and Hammond B3
Drums: Carmine Appice
Producer, background vocals, additional percussion, guitars, bass, keyboards, co-writer: Joe Deninzon
Assistant Producer, co-writer: Anne Leighton
Durban Producer/Engineer Dale Wardell
Durban assistant: Sequoia Duncan
Drum engineer: Jz Barrell
Mix: Alex Salzman
Mastering: Fred Kevorkian
Art Work: Arie Monroe

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