Lenny Deneb

Lenny Deneb

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Lenny Deneb is a singer/songwriter who delivers his own brand of reggae music. His songs are filled with excellent lyrics, rhythm and melodies. "It's great to hear lyrics that don't shy away from the politics of life, musical bravery, great tunes"

Biography

Lenny Deneb, originally born in St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean, was raised in London, United Kingdom, but currently residing in St. Lucia writes conscience provoking songs. His debut album ‘From the Sanctuary’ released under the artist name D7 includes such songs as ‘Pirates’, ‘The Begging Game’, ‘Families At War’, ‘U Can’t Run Nor Hide’ and others. The lyrics come at you with the velocity of an arrow fired from a bow. Lenny’s songs are the result of life long experiences based on his work with young people and families in the field of social science and the justice system. These songs tell stories of social upheaval, injustice and lost dreams. However make no mistake, just like his musical heroes Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, Ocean Colour Scene, U2, The Police and Lenny Kravitz among others, Lenny’s ultimate message is one of love, and that the human spirit can endure much and still emerge victorious. This energetic performer who was a co-founding member of fairly well-acclaimed British reggae band Cygnus has been described by the British music press as exciting, impressive and intelligent in his writing. His brand of reggae-rock combines the styles and influences of his aforementioned musical heroes, but the end product is all Lenny Deneb.

Following the break-up of Cygnus, the artist embarked on a solo career and in 1985 ‘Mustique Girl’ and ‘Soldiers’ was released as an EP for LED Records and received rave reviews from the Black Echoes, Caribbean Times and also Capitol Radio disc-jockeys Nicky Horne and David 'Kid' Jenson. The third single for L.E.D Records "Who Or What Turns You On," (recently turned up on the Discog website as a collector's record) received the accolade of record of the week in The Black Echoes music magazine on June 8th 1985. A number of tour dates followed including playing support to Winston Reedy at Sussex University. Following this Lenny recorded a zouk-soca for London based Jamaican producer Bill Campbell titled 'Shakedown Suzanne'. Lenny also wrote 'Standing in the rain' for Judy Boucher, the song appearing on her album 'A new way to say I love you' and the artist has also worked closely with producer Lindel Lewis and guitarist JJ Belle (deceased) of Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Arrow, Judie Tzuke, Phil Collins and Bob Marley fame.

Lenny spent the period between 1998 to the present residing, traveling and working between St. Lucia and London; releasing his debut album ‘From The Sanctuary,’ as well as nurturing a number of young St. Lucian talents namely PCL Krew and One 2 One, and receiving a nomination for Producer of the Year at the first annual St. Lucia Music Awards. Lenny has continued his labour of love of refining the reggae–rock fusion sound, which was discovered by W.O.A International and subsequently signed him to a management and marketing deal for India and the Middle East. Lenny is currently engaged in the production of his second album aptly titled ‘Reggae Rocks’. Settle the Score is the first single to be release from the album. This track has been licensed by WOA Records and included on the compilation CD titled ‘Various Artists Independent # 1’s Vol.1. The CD is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Napster and others.

However the journey for this talented songwriter began much earlier. At the age of ten years Lenny migrated to England from St. Lucia, West Indies. Those early years were difficult and learning to cope with the life changes and a new environment. As part of his coping mechanism, Lenny would frequent the local youth and community center affectionately known as 'Saxon' in Mile End, east London, and this is where his love of music was first aroused, and his first music outfit Cygnus (name checked by John Lydon/Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols/PIL as one of his favourite bands at the time) was formed in the late 70’s and later signed to the then newly founded Greensleeves Records now part of VP Records.
Cygnus released a number of singles for Greensleeves including 'Babylon (you've got to set Jah children free), Jahman, Thank you for last night and a cover version of the Peter Noone hit 'Silhouettes'. These songs brought the band immediate success including media attention from Black Echoes, Melody Maker, Sounds Magazine, New Musical Express, Caribbean Times, West Indian World, The Jamaican Gleaner and positive comments from top disc-jockeys as David Rodigan and John Peel.
Building on this success Cygnus received a licensing deal through Barclay Records in France and Silhouettes was included on the Greensleeves compilation album ‘Reggae Jam’ and distributed through Barclay Records. This success brought more exposure and the band toured the UK, France, Holland, Ireland, Norway, Spain and Finland. Cygnus was a pioneering British reggae band appearing in territories such as Norway and Finland long before groups like Aswad and Steel Pulse. John Holt and Errol Dunkley also sought the band's services on a number of tour dates in the UK. T

Lyrics

Families At War

Written By: Lenny Deneb

There's a crisis on the northside of town
The authorities have been alerted
The neighbours are all running around
Some have never been so insulted

Chorus
Families at war
Don't wanna live round here no more

Upstairs they're hurling abuse at each other
The children are caught in the crossfire
Mummy and daddy please don't fight no more
Daddy lashes out mummy hits the floor
Welllllllllll

Chorus

Men in designer suits
They're asking for calm
Meanwhile the neighbours are
taking up arms
Parents can't protect
their children from harm
Welcome to life on the Farm

Chorus

Men in designer suits
They're asking for calm
Meanwhile the neighbours are
taking up arms
Parents can't protect their children from harm
Welcome to life on the farm

Chorus

How Can This Be Justified

Written By: Lenny Deneb

Images of children
Dying on my TV (Father send the rain)
Mothers crying oh Lord let it be (can you feel the pain)
The haves embarked on ohh a spending spree (accumulating desperatly)
I've seen the guilty being set free (where can justice be)
Under the strain and pressure
The innocent are caught in the crossfire

Chorus
How can this be justified
How can this be justified
In a world like this, how can this
be justified

I've seen food mountains left to rot (Father send the rain)
And yet the poor and needy have'nt got (can you feel the pain)
I've seen moral crusaders standing up (accumulating desperately)
Fight the good fight for what is right(where can justice be)
Under the strain and pressure
The innocent are caught in the crossfire

Chorus

Under the strain and pressure
The innocent are caught in the crossfire

Chorus

Pirates

Written By: Lenny Deneb

As they wandered into the city
Cloaked in sheepskin with no pity
They're camouflage like chameleons
And they're setting up their signs of neon oh my god
They're offering their hands of friendship
And yet trusting souls are theirs to keep
cause they're hiding behind oh yes their painted smiles
Distrusting you and I all the while

Pirates
See the wolves in sheep clothing
Pirates
Camouflage by dark skin
Pirates
See the wolves in sheep clothing
Pirates
Setting up and blending in

Through history oh yeah we've come to know it
Where the pirates stood in the struggle
Tools of the system isms and schisms don't you know it
To use and be used oh yeah by the downpressors, you better believe it

So as they wandered into the city
Cloaked in sheepskin with no pity
They're camouflage like chameleons
And they're setting up their signs of neon oh my god

Chorus

Through history oh yeah we've come to know it
Where the pirates stood in the struggle
Tools of the system isms and schisms don't you know it
To use and be used oh yeah by the downpressors, you better believe it
So they're offering their hands of friendship
And yet trusting souls are theirs to keep
Cause they're hiding behind oh yes their painted smiles
Distrusting you and I all the while

Chorus

How well do you know your friends?
Strangers bearing gifts
See the wolves, see the wolves

Slipped Thru My Hands

Written By: Lenny Deneb

Another town
It's just like the last
Wish I was homeward bound
that's way in the past
Don't remember
how it got so bad
Last December
got a little mad
Said somethings
it got outta hand
Now I'm drifting
feel like I'm sinking

Like a grain of sand
She slipped thru my hands oh yeah

Comforted by the words
of a stranger
maybe I'm in danger
of losing my mind
On the border line
lord I know
that she's the one
To late to say
cause I threw it away
Turn back the clock
who I'm I fooling

Like a grain of sand
She slipped thru my hands oh yeah

Woh it was kinda crazy
and I was on a losing streak
A downward spiral
Now the situation was such
she was the one with the tender touch
A woman with love in her eyes
and she was willing to give so much

Another town
It's just like the last........................

Settle The Score

Written By: Lenny Deneb


Love’s gonna get you
It’s gonna get you every time
Love’s gonna get you

Johnny is leaving today
said he’s got to getaway
from this small town mentality
He’s got a plan, yeah
The name of a man
who pass this way some time ago
and so Johnny I hope you find
What you’re searching for
I wish you all the luck in the world
for it takes a man to walk
out the door
But I remember the day when the
747 touched down
Hewanorra was basking in the
sunshine
Said you believe in the Holy Ghost
and you’re not gonna settle
for life’s worse, and so I know
You’re gonna settle the score

Now there’s a rumour
that Johnny is getting away
or was that running away
You see it’s that kind of
small town mentality that
imposes yeah on human dignity
and so Johnny I hope you
find what you’re searching for
I wish you all the luck in the world
for it takes a man to walk
out the door
But I remember the day when the
747 touched down
Hewanorra was basking in the sunshine
Said you believe in having fun
and not in the power of the gun
and so I know
You’re gonna settle the score

BREAK

Johnny is leaving today
said he’s got to getaway
from this small town mentality
He’s got to settle the score
Seek the Kingdom that’s for sure
oh that’s for sure
And so Johnny I hope you find
what you’re searching for
Seek the Kingdom and all
these things shall be added
onto you boy
The sun shall not harm you by
day, nor the moon by night
ooh by night
And so Johnny I hope you find
What you’re searching for

U Can't Run Nor Hide

Written By: Lenny Deneb

I remember the days on the back streets
Playing hide and seek in the evening heat
Discussing our dreams and aspirations
Living with the anger and frustration
Escaping the ghetto was our only goal
And for that Richard you sold your soul
Living on the edge and on the run
You even got to own yourself a gun
But no matter how far you may try to run boy

CHORUS
You can’t run nor hide
You can’t run nor hide
You can’t run nor hide
You can’t run nor hide, from your shadow son

You survived the drugs, the deals, the pain
Your conscience is clear it bears no stains
The mask you wear it oh so well
Not even your closes friends can tell
The spark was lit and now the fire rage
Playing your role upon the biggest stage
Go ahead enjoy it while it last
‘Cause I know the secrets of your past
And no matter how far you may try to run boy

CHORUS

The Begging Game

Written By: Lenny Deneb

Have you seen the woman sitting outside
the shops on Clarke Street?
All day long she sits there even in the midday heat
Can you spare some change, her life to rearrange
She's been down here for so long
yet she's managed to stay strong

Chorus
It's a crying shame
We're having to play
the begging game (repeat)

Tell me sir do you believe in justice for all
Yes I know you do 'cause when the rain is falling
As you sit there big bout ya in your Lexus
Spare a thought for the rest of us oh Mr. Big Boss

Chorus

Technological advancement, yet it's still a mystery
How some people still live in misery
The next millennium approaches yet she still fights
off the ‘roaches
Spare a thought for those who live in fear
stalkers marching up the rear

Chorus

The young man of colour believed in life everlasting
Even while on his body they were brutally beating, pain inflicting
Lost souls retreating to an uncertain future
Son you better call on your God if it's saving that you're looking for

Chorus

You're A Friend To Me

Written By: Lenny Deneb

We’ve been through
Thick and thin
Troubles we’ve seen
No one can imagine

We’ve been together
For so long now
Yet everyday
We make it through somehow

You are my shoulder to cry on
When the day is done
You are earth, sky and sea
You’re a friend to me

I can’t imagine
What life would be without you?
It scares me to think of the consequences

Everyday and in every way
We make it through oh somehow
Life’s ups and downs
We’ve seen a few
Troubles we’ve seen
No one can imagine

You are my shoulder to cry on
When my day is done
You are earth, sky and sea
You’re a friend to me

I can’t imagine
What life would be without you?
It scares me to think of the consequences

You are my shoulder to cry on
When the day is done
You are earth, sky and sea
You’re a friend to me

Discography

'Settle The Score' Independent Vol.1 compilation, WOA Records 2009

'From the Sanctuary' D7 (debut album) PCL Productions (2000)

Who Or What Turns You On (single) (1985) L.E.D Records
Mustique Girl (single) (1984) L.E.D Records
Soldiers (single) (1984) L.E.D Records

'Settle the score' 'Slipped Thru my hands', 'Pirates'
'Families at war' 'The Begging Game' on internet radio stns such as iRadioLA, Real Strong Radio, St. Lucia Online, One Caribbean radio, BBC radio 1xtra, Last FM, Cygnus Radio, RFI.

Set List

Set list depends on the type of gig. As well as the set listed below I've got enough material for over three hours of work.

Take a look in the mirror
Pirates
Families At War
The begging Game
U Can't Run Nor hide
Mr. Taxman (revolution time)
Where Do We Go From Here
How Can This Be Justified?
Rebel (Love on its own)
Slipped Thru My Hands
My Emotions
Murderers, Gangsters & Thieves
Suspect #1