Zulema – 1972 – Zulema

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I finally obtain this vinyl after a long time searching.
This is the debut LP for Sussex records in 1972. Very rare even to find it on mp3. Not to be confused with 1975 RCA album with only her name too.

Even All Music is wrong having 1975 songs in this album’s song list.
One of the most amazing singer/songwriters of the 1970s. Sometimes funky, sometimes sensitive. Zulema’s distinct style of soul is always dramatic, passionate and unapologetically in-your-face. This lady doesn’t play around! Like her lyrics, her voice is powerful, holding nothing back. At times, her full-blown delivery is similar to the style of Chaka Khan, yet Zulema’s fire is distinctly her own.


A1. I Leave It Up To You
A2. This Child Of Mine
A3. If I Loved You
A4. Maybe I’m Amazed
A5. If This World Was Mine
B1. Don’t Be Afraid
B2. Why Do I Love You
B3. American Fruit, African Roots
B4. Ain’t It Sad
B5. I Remember Mama

Like many Soul singers past and present, Zulema had a strong gospel base in her singing. She also was multitalented, playing piano and writing most of her own material. Before releasing this, her first solo album, Zulema was a member of the singing group Faith, Hope and Charity. The 10 songs contained within the album are a mix of ballads and up-tempo Soul songs. This Child of Mine stands out for its moody instrumentation. The versus of If This World Were Mine are in a similar vein, but the song overall is a ballad. Zulema was a pioneer of sorts in that she was a ’70s black R&B singer who wrote much of her own material, and was able to assume some of her own production chores. The records themselves were forerunners of urban contemporary music, occasionally reaching the lower parts of the R&B charts, Zulema’s vocals betraying a strong Aretha Franklin influence.

Born Zulema Cusseaux in Tampa, FL, she was a member of the Lovelles in the late ’60s and early ’70s. A Van McCoy produced Lovelles single (“So Much Love“) became a Top 20 R&B hit in 1971. She was later a member of Faith Hope & Charity which began recording for Maxwell in 1970, produced by Van McCoy, who wrote their first three singles. Zulema left the group after the “Heavy Love” album, some sources say 1971 but it may have been in ’72. Her first solo album was issued
on Sussex while the label was still issuing FHC singles which had been recorded before she left.

She assumed her highest profile with a series of LPs for RCA in the mid-’70s, reaching the middle of the R&B charts in 1975 with “Wanna Be Where You Are.” Her recording career ended after an album for LeJoint in the late ’70s.

You can also enjoy her 1973 “Ms. Z” album here

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  • MsMerising
    Posted at 04:37h, 03 September 2008 Reply

    Zulema is like the Southern version of Roberta Flack. Wow – some of her songs are so magical. Do you have any other albums, Nikos? I have her “Best Of” on CD…



  • RayRay
    Posted at 05:58h, 03 September 2008 Reply

    Oh man !!! You are killin me. TY

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 14:50h, 03 September 2008 Reply

    Welcome back my dear MrM.

    Ofcourse i have her albums and some Faith Hope and Charity too. i am thinking to post something with the group.

  • Rich
    Posted at 18:36h, 23 September 2008 Reply

    thanx nikos for this one.

  • alex
    Posted at 22:40h, 23 September 2008 Reply

    many thanks for this grat drop nikos-appreciated man!

  • apani
    Posted at 22:01h, 30 September 2008 Reply

    Thank you very much!

  • Kill The Bullsh!t
    Posted at 10:58h, 18 November 2008 Reply

    I’ve had the 45 of “This Child Of Mine” for a minute now and never seen any of her LP’s. Thanks a ton for this.


  • David
    Posted at 13:54h, 02 October 2009 Reply

    Does anyone have Faith, hope and Charity – life goes on? it is magical but can’t get it anywhere.

  • bob
    Posted at 03:51h, 08 December 2009 Reply

    i have almost everything she’s ever done on vinyl,but nowhere can i find any info. on what has happenned to her in recent years….anyone know???

  • Ricardo
    Posted at 20:12h, 23 December 2009 Reply

    Yet another gem from you Nikos, thanks as always for your great work

  • Dan
    Posted at 12:44h, 14 February 2010 Reply

    Many thanks once again for this superb album!!!

  • Wendy
    Posted at 10:18h, 24 October 2010 Reply

    In the seventies I borrowed this album from my brother for about six years, he did not know where the alubum went until I got a case of the guilties one day and returned it to him. Thank you Zulema because this creation is a masterpiece and your voice is exceptional. Unfortunately artists are not longer rewarded for their talent, because if they were you would top the charts with your gifts.

  • Nikolaos Theod.
    Posted at 19:15h, 23 March 2018 Reply

    Thank you for the upload. I cant seem to find the password though..

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