In February, as part of Black History Month recognition by the State of New Jersey Legislature, Malachi Samedy ’22 was invited to address and perform for the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly. Malachi’s performance was followed by his being presented with a Joint Legislative Resolution, honoring him for his “ongoing commitment to the betterment of children worldwide.” The Resolution noted in part, “Whereas New Jersey’s young people who set their goals high, who persevere in the pursuit of these goals, and who reach their desired milestones and accomplish their objectives stand as an example and an inspiration to their fellow citizens of all ages; … Whereas it is both proper and fitting for this Legislature to pause in its deliberations to praise the history of Black people, whose most glorious chapters are still being written as generations of African-Americans contribute in full measure in the fulfillment of the American promise; Now, therefore, be it further resolved by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey that this Legislature hereby Honors Malachi Samedy.”
The proclamation was the culmination of an incredible career in music thus far. Malachi has been recognized as one of only ten “child prodigies” in the US by the Huffington Post, based on his incredible talent in percussion. At a very early age, Malachi showed promise in rhythm, timing, and basic drumming technique. Around the time that he was able to sit upright on his own, he began to use pencils, crayons, and toys to create rhythmic patterns on his nursery books. At 18 months, Malachi received his first drumsticks and a drum pad. At 24 months, he “finally” received his first drum set and he quickly progressed.
Since the age of five, Malachi has visited children’s locations to share his music and messages of “All things are possible” and “You are stronger than your circumstances”. At age 6, along with five-time Grammy award winner Roy Wooten, Malachi performed for the “Sending Our Love to Haiti” benefit, and helped raised over $100,000 for a children’s hospital and burn unit in Haiti. After the devastating tsunami in Japan, Malachi performed alongside some premier talents including performers from The New York Philharmonic, and The Metropolitan Opera, at the “KIBO Japan” benefit in efforts to help raise funds for the tsunami survivors.
At the age of 7, Malachi was invited by CNBC to perform at “The Night of Hope” benefit in support of child safety. This benefit was in connection with the Rose Brucia Educational Foundation, celebrating the roll out of the “Stranger Safety Awareness” curriculum in schools throughout the United States. At the end of his performance, Malachi was rewarded with an invitation to perform for President Barack Obama.
Malachi has been featured in two documentaries: “Totally Alive”, a film about amazing people around the world doing amazing things with their lives; and “Encounters in Jazz”, a film on jazz legends and musicians. Malachi loves to learn and play music, and hopes to one day teach other children around the world. He is also the son of D-E Middle School Admissions Director Nasser Samedy.