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“The love that I make through my art to the vision of the unseen reality.”
Summer 2016 is still going strong! I’m enjoying its sweetness by spending time with friends, family and getting in lots of dancing. Big thanks to all the DJ’s, performers, artists and the house music community for making our outdoor summer events a huge success. There’s so much GREAT music to share, and it’s beautiful to see everyone supporting and having fun. New York City is a wonderful place to be in the summertime, especially if you’re an avid lover of house music. The vibration is positive. We are family.
I’d also like to send a BIG thank you to Soulful Cypher Productions (House on the Hudson, New Jersey) and Just Add Sound (Maryland) and their sponsors for inviting me to perform at their showcases this summer. It rained in New Jersey for a little while, but that only made it more soulful! You know what I mean? I had a blast and enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones. On the way to Maryland, I made a stop in Baltimore (of course), to partake in a delicious crab cake feast. It was absolutely yummy!
At the moment, I’m working on some new and exciting projects including two books of poetry: “Word2Word,” a compilation of poems by children from America and Senegal by The Senegal-America Project; my fourth book of poems “Okay Baby,” dedicated to my beloved father Walter H. Williams; and a vocal collaboration with Rescue Poetix called Universal Woman, that includes an incredible line-up of producers. Not only are we writers on the project, but also executive producers. Look out for our official press release for more details.
The inspiration for Universal Woman came from a conversation I shared with my father before his transition in 2014. It means everything to be able to publicly and creatively honor him in this way. He was my biggest fan, and will always live strong in my heart. Rest in love Baba. Ase’!
In terms of spoken word, I’ve spent time in the studio this summer recording projects with some very exciting producers, vocalists and spoken word artists. My long-time vocal partner Dana Byrd and I are in the process of working on a new EP! We even have a few surprises in store. Yes, we’re excited!
Do you remember a tune I recorded back in 2013 called “Sweetness of the Dance” with DJ Lukas Wolf and Christian Pascone on Nero Nero Records? Well, the remastered Hypnotic Mix recently dropped as part of the “Gjc On The Floor Compilation,” and is available for your listening pleasure on Traxsource.com. While you’re there, be sure to check out some of the new music I’m listening to under Zawadi’s House (August Heat) available for download on Traxsource, as well as my latest collaborations.
Another joint effort I’m delighted to share is “Evolution of the Vibe” by The Senegal-America Project featuring: Tony Vacca and Massamba Diop (founders of The Senegal-America Project), Abiodun Oyewole (founding member of the legendary group The Last Poets), Derrik Jordan, Bideew Bou Bess, Barou Sall, Gokh-Bi System, Tim Moran, Backa Niang, Steve Leicach, Djibril Ba, Saraba, Pitz Quattrone, Bada Seck, Rescue Poetix and Tantra-zawadi. “The SENEGAL-AMERICA PROJECT is an expandable, up-close-and-personal model for practicing the most essential and obvious principle of human interactions, which is that we are all connected. The primary goal of the project is to bring people together in meaningful collaborations that create transformational responses to what we share of common issues and common ground. It’s Global citizenship…and we’re using music as the vehicle to set all this in motion.” Tony Vacca, (co-founder, Senegal-America Project). This project is available for download on cdbaby.com. The hard copy includes beautiful images from our recent trips to Senegal, and a special dedication to our beloved riiti player and friend, Djibril Ba who transitioned last year. May peace be upon him. Ase’!
That’s right beautiful ones! I’ll see you in Miami on Saturday, September 17th for nonRadio Music Productions presents “Day into Night Music” on the Mezzanine in Palm Court (Miami Design District). They have an incredible day of live music and performances in store. You can catch my set around noon with these awesome musicians: Ivo Carvalho (guitar), Jay Rodriguez (wind instrumentalist) and Phoenix Rivera (drummer). Not to be missed performances by dei7 and AGAPE featuring Nadia Harris and Erick Paredes. To top the evening off, there will be Children of Disco with DJ’s Richie Jones, Eric Kupper and special guests. I’m really looking forward to spending the entire day with you. The event kicks off at noon and ends at 10pm and it’s FREE! You know you want to be there!
More September goodness! On Saturday afternoon, September 24th, please join me at the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival in Orange, MA. This is becoming an annual ritual thanks to the host of the Spoken Word Stage, poet and author Paul Richmond. This event is fun for the entire family with regional artists and cuisine, farmers, bands, spoken word, live performances and more. Rescue Poetix will also be there!
Following the Garlic Festival on Saturday evening, you are invited to a dream team gathering of musicians and poets. It’s a combination of The World Rhythms Ensemble and The Senegal-America Project: Rhythm and Flow | World Music | Spoken Word | Limitless Possibilities featuring: Tony Vacca (balafon, gongs, percussion/co-founder of The Senegal-America Project), Grammy award winner Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers (saxophone), Derrik Jordan (electric violin, vocals and percussion), Jo Sallins (electric bass and percussion), Massamba Diop (Tama drum/co-founder of The Senegal-America Project) and poets Abiodun Oyewole (of The Last Poets) and Tantra-zawadi, at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA. It is an honor to once again share the stage with these extraordinary artists whom I deeply admire and respect.
“This concert is a confluence of traditions and innovations in music and truly outspoken words. Each of these five musicians are life-long music explorers who use their roots in Jazz, World Music, and Blues to create a signature all their own. Poets Abiodun Oyewole (of The Last Poets) and Tantra-zawadi, create the perfect poetic compliment; a world class, male/female, one-two punch of word and flow that is rare even in these days of the rebirth of poetry.” (Tony Vacca)
Please visit the website for show-time and ticket information. This is going to be amazing!
This December will mark my sixth year performing the one-woman staged reading of “To Face It” by Lupe Family at the WOW Café Theatre. See what happens next in the life of Tania, a New York City Transit bus driver and our main character, as she shares stories of family betrayal, abuse and USA politics. We always have a “talk back” following our readings, and last year’s topics included racism and sexism. We also had some movement exercises. I am so honored to be on board with this production promoting honest conversations about issues we should be encouraged to talk about. Stay tuned for the date and time.
Thank you for stopping by and spending time with me. It’s a wrap for now, but I’ll be back soon inshallah, to share what’s new. In the meantime, be sure to stop by my web-site and connect with me on social media.
I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting my work and live events. You continue to amaze and inspire me. I wish you the best in every way. Stay strong, awake, real and utterly amazing! #oneloveonehouse
She is fast and strong
Her branches tremble and bend
When she pours her dance
“Bubbles: One Conscious Breath” by Tantra-zawadi (Poets Wear Prada)
This haiku is also part of META-LAND Anthology: Poets of the Palisades II (Poets Press) Edited by Paul Nash, Denise La Neve, David Messineo, Susanna Rich, and John J. Trause available now on Amazon.com (June 30, 2016). Congratulations to all the poets.
To book Tantra-zawadi for your next event, please contact Rescue Poetix Management at Rescuepoetix@gmail.com. Follow Tantra-zawadi on-line:
DAY INTO NIGHT MUSIC, September 17, 2016, 12:00 PM [noon] to 10 PM in MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT – FREE ADMISSION –TEL: 1.305.741.2017 — RSVP / REGISTER FOR PERFORMANCES IN SUITE 200 at: bit.ly/dayintonight
Saturday, September 17, 2016
12:00 PM CHILL OUT ON THE MEZZANINE
With mellow sounds from IVO CARVALHO on guitar
and Special Guests: wind instrumentalist, Jay Rodriguez, drummer,
Phoenix Rivera and poet, Tantra Zawadi on the Mezzanine
In Palm Court, 140 NE 39th Street, Miami FL 33137
3:00PM Miami Fusion and Roots Music from
AGAPE featuring Nadia Harris and Erick Paredes
In SUITE 200 at 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
6:00 PM RETURN TO AFRO LATIN SOUL
With Jay Rodriguez and dei 7 free range music
In SUITE 200 at 3930 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137
7:00 PM THE CHILDREN OF DISCO
With DJ RiCHIE JONES and ERIC KUPPER also
Special guests at Palm Court, 140 NE 39th Street,
Miami, FL 33137
The long-awaited poetry anthology META-LAND: Poets of the Palisades II is now available on AMAZON and through The Poets Press:
This important new poetry anthology is divided into 11 themed sections, with work by 58 well-regarded poets featured in The North Jersey Literary Series, as well as original art from the same network of poets and artists!
Please share and enjoy. Thank you for your beautiful support.
Peace Beautiful Ones!
Delighted to share with you some of the tunes I am grooving to this month on Traxsource.com. Please feel free to share and download them for yourself!
Yes, summer may be winding down, but the music is still sizzling! Take the music with you and enjoy these gorgeous days of August. Stay hydrated, dance, smile, and then dance some more.
See you out there, and thank you for listening and supporting.
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Peace beautiful ones!
I hope you are enjoying an amazing summer and all the soulful music in the air! It is a pleasure to share a few tunes I am listening to this summer. Get yours now! Available for download on Traxsource.com.
See you out there.
2016 House on the Hudson Summer Series continues as the July 16th edition celebrates life and gratitute to the dancers who have blessed the House Music community at the next installment on the Exchange Place pier.
In its 3rd year of bringing music and community to the Jersey City pier, Soulful Cypher is pleased to bring another dimension of quality music to Jersey City with Soulful Cypher’s Resident DJ Saint Sanchez, Soulgasm’s Beast 621, Sankofa Soul’s DJ Sres and Soulgasm’s The Wizard Brian Coxx
In continuing with the Cypher’s tradition of providing uplifting and inspiring performances, the mic will be blessed by:
Poet / Spoken Word Artist/Global Activist: Tantra-zawadi
Community activists / Poets/Musicians: Dujuana Shareese & Ihuoma Tuesday (Spoken Sound)
Special Guest Host for this cypher: Community Activist/Poet/Author – Lana Rose (Wordsmithing Web)
We will also be celebrating Lana Rose’s birthday!
With a line up designed to bring out the dancer in all of us, we join together to celebrate the fierce freedom of the dance floor, the artistry and the rhythmic vibration that occurs when we gather in one place.
This event brings the vibe that Soulfful Cypher is known for. With the NYC skyline in the back drop, the water beneath our feet and music that carries far and wide, calling Househeads from everywhere to partake of the energy that makes everyone DANCE!
This is a FREE Community, Family Friendly event. Bring your most comfortable dancing gear, your love of music and be prepared to enjoy a unique experience!
This collaboration is tapping into the Maryland/DC area for artists and encourages local poets/spoken word artists to participate in the open mic segment.
Just ADD Sound features a local poetry feature Mjg Speaks “The Un-Licensed Preacher” and Val McEwen (DJ VAL), in addition to world renowned Poet/Activist Tantra Zawadi (New York), National Poet/Vocalist Camille Veronica (Miami) and Acoustic Poetic Soul artists Julie & Makeda – Acoustic Poetic Soul (San Diego/New Jersey).
This show is produced by RescuePoetix™, Cyberjamz, Real Women House and Houseology.
Sponsored by Soulful Cypher
More details to come #HouseOnTheWaterfront
#JASradio #Cyberjamz #Houseology #MJGSpeaks
Some of my fave tunes for the month of June!
Available for download on Traxsource.com featuring tracks by:
Please share and enjoy!
Nero Nero Records On the Floor Compilation available now on Traxsource.com http://www.traxsource.com/track/3334829/sweetness-of-the-dance-feat-tantra-zawadi-hypnotic-mix-remastered including “Sweetness of The Dance” – Hyponotic Mix Remastered (DJ Lukas Wolf, Christian Pascone and Tantra-zawadi).
Thank you for your beautiful support!
Big thanks to Tony Iovino for inviting me to share at the June 13th Summer Gazebo Reading in Oceanside, New York. We had a marvelous line-up of poets and authors: Richard Newman, Beverly Kotch, Rohini Ramanathan and yours truly Tantra-zawadi. The readings take place outdoors every Monday evening in June, July and August (excluding July 4th) and it’s free! Bring a friend and a lawn chair https://www.facebook.com/summergazeboreadings.