Thanksgiving 2021 was definitely a time of celebration for Mandoki Soulmates. As an example, two of the band members received Grammy nominations – Cory Henry for Album of the Year and Best Progressive R&B Album and Randy Brecker for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
In addition to the fact that the group recently released a video for the song “The Torch” (from their album, Utopia For Realists: Hungarian Pictures, which can be viewed below, Mandoki Soulmates frontman Leslie Mandoki celebrated Thanksgiving this year in New York.
Leslie: “For the traditional Soulmates-Thanksgiving, this time my dear Soulmate, Al di Meola, one of the founding members of the Mandoki Soulmates about 30 years ago, invited us to his home in New York, and as always we we each played each other’s last music together. Beside one of the best turkey dinners, we celebrate the love of life, music and three decades of friendship, mutual music and values with Soulmates. Thanksgiving is the right occasion to give thanks for the privileged life of a musician which we can live thanks to the public which inspires our creativity. It was truly another Soulmates’ “family reunion”.
“We first celebrated with our soul mates at Al’s about 30 years ago, and we had another wonderful soul mate reunion here 15 years ago with my three children. Making wonderful changes, Stephanie then gave the house a whole new soul, and it was so beautifully decorated for Thanksgiving. Love, music and over 30 years of friendship were in the air and could literally be felt!
“Yesterday was also the time to congratulate our soul mates Cory and Randy on their recent well-deserved Grammy nominations. When we celebrate family reunions with our children today or even at the end of the year, we have to realize that they are the future. I am the father of three children, and we have to ask ourselves in what condition we hand our world over to the children, the Young Rebels? We can only overcome the divisions in our society with the Old Rebels and Young Rebels So let us wish them strength, courage and the hunger to fight for the right solutions, and help them while there is still time to turn the tide and pass the torch.