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Soulful Cypher Presents A Vibe Called Blessed…Soulful House Music/Live Performances!

April 23, 2017

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About Soulful Cypher:
Since 2014 Soulful Cypher™ has provided free, safe-space events for DJs, Poets, Spoken Word Artists and dancers. The vibe is designed to bring out the best in everyone, and it has. The House on the Hudson™ community events at J. Owen Grundy Park in Jersey City have led to additional events as the joy and uplifting nature of House on the Hudson™ has spread throughout Jersey City. Soulful Cypher works to offer family friendly free events and welcomes everyone to come out and enjoy the diversity that Jersey City has to offer. The range of activities and events offered by Soulful Cypher™ to the community increase and strengthen with the unity that has become the Soulful Cypher™ Circle.

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Soulful Cypher™ has participated in such events as JC Fridays, Hamilton Park events, Hudson County Arts and Culture events, including 2016 Earth Day celebrations and is honored to collaborate with Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage Art & Culture toward building the JC Puerto Rican Heritage Festival & Parade. Soulful Cypher continues to develop collaborations for community driven events, intimate and across borders.

The bigger picture is to bring attention to the artists within our own community, provide them a space and structure with which to build, perform, network and give back to the community while engaging the community to support local artists and help the local economy thrive by supporting independent artists, entrepreneurs and businesses. For more information on Soulful Cypher™ contact Wyse@SoulfulCypher.com.

https://www.facebook.com/SoulfulCypher/

Hope to see you there!

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Spring 2017: What’s New With Tantra-zawadi?

April 19, 2017

Portrait Headshot Poet Educator Tantra-Zawadi (Saundra Williams)
Poet, Author, Educator, Recording Artist Tantra-Zawadi
(Photo Credit: Hosea Johnson)

Peace Beautiful Ones!

Spring has finally arrived, and I am ready for her vibe. I love the warmth and promise of new beginnings, and it’s #NationalPoetryMonth!

Hoping all is well with you as you embrace the day. Just a quick share on things that are happening in my creative realm. New music and collaborative projects are in progress! I’ve been in the studio working and in the theater on a few things that I think will soothe and groove you. Expect new releases between now and the beginning of summer 2017. Can’t wait to share the details and the artists…so excited…stay tuned.

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New music coming soon from Ska-lla Records: “Never Say Never,” with award-winning composer, singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Derrik Jordan (Worldsoul Records), gifted Senegalesese musician, singer-songwriter Donald Boucal, and yours truly Tantra-zawadi. “Never Say Never” will be available on most popular stores such as iTunes, XBOX Music, Google Play Music, Napster and more.

This song came together in Senegal, a few years ago while Derrik and I were traveling and performing with The Senegal-America Project. Donald’s French lyrics, guitar and soulful voice, met with my spoken words, and inspired Derrik to create this soul stirring composition. The result is #NeverSayNever, a captivating message of love.

Big thanks to Derrik Jordan, Donald Boucal, The Senegal-America Project, Tony Vacca, Massamba Diop, Jean Butler, Espace SOBOBADE, Monocles & Slezz and Ska-lla Records.
#musicfromaroundtheworld #senegalamericaproject

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Have you checked out the “Breathless EP?” Our new release from Good For You Records produced by Fotis Mentor with original songs and spoken word by Rescue Poetix, Julie & Makeda, Lana Rose and yours truly Tantra-zawadi. If not, you can listen and purchase by clicking on this link #teambreathless #soulfulhouse: http://www.traxsource.com/title/756147/breathless-ep. 724100_large Another project/new release I am featured on is “Africa Rising,” produced by Incolor Deep for Uno Mas Digital Recordings http://www.traxsource.com/title/762116/africa-rising. Both these tunes and more are available for purchase on Traxsource.com. Thanking you in advance for your beautiful love and support. I truly appreciate you.

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Delighted to share this wonderful event with you! Join me, your emcee for DANIELA GIOSEFFI — friends & special guests — in celebrating the launch of her new collection of poetry, Waging Beauty: As the Polar Bear Dreams of Ice, in anticipation of Earth Day. The event takes place on Wedneday, April 19th at the Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Stret, New York City, 10014 at 5:45pm.
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com/underground/performances.asp

Gioseffi is also the recipient of the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry, the OSIA NY State Literary Award, and grant awards from Ploughshares World Peace Foundation and NYSCA. She is the subject of the 2016 documentary film by Anton Evangelista, titled Author and Activist.

“Visionary and powerful with tremendous vitality . . . Daniela Gioseffi is a gifted, graceful and moving writer.” — Galway Kinnell

“A vital international author, dedicated to planetary survival.” — Cecilia Ceriani, El Pais, Madrid

Signed copies of Waging Beauty will be available at a remarkably discounted price. And of course you will have ample opportunity to meet and greet Ms. Gioseffi — and hear her read.

$10 cover includes one signed copy of Waging Beauty. (Additional copies of this book which normally retails at $15 can be purchased for the specially discounted event price of $10.) Plus $10 food/drink minimum.

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This is going to be delicious! Join us for Soulful Cypher Productions Presents “A Vibe Called Blessed” on April 29th at J.C. Underground for soulful music and live performances by Julie & Makeda and yours truly Tantra-zawadi performing from our new #BreathlessEP (Fotis Monos/Good For You Records). Kicking off the new season with soulful music, spoken word and positive vibes. Hope to see you there https://www.facebook.com/events/145666985963342/.

When I visited Senegal earlier this year with the Senegal-America Project, we recorded two videos for our latest CD “Evolution of the Vibe.” The videos, filmed by by Wantd, music composed and produced by Tony Vacca (for World Rhythms Productions), with poetry (Pelhorinho) written and performed by Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets) and (African Embrace) by Tantra-zawadi, including song lyrics by Bideew Bou Bess. “Pelhorinho” https://youtu.be/e_at5CW5DGg, and “African Embrace” https://youtu.be/OvZB1OCR7Vk are both available for viewing now on YouTube. Big thanks to Tony Vacca (co-founder of The Senegal-America Project) for making these videos a reality, and for bringing together some of the most talented and exciting artists to create with. To learn more about the Senegal-America Project, please visit them on line at http://www.tonyvacca.com/senegalamerica/. To purchase our CD “Evolution of the Vibe” which includes Pelhorinho and African Embrace, please visit https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thesenegalamericaproject. Big thanks to Rescue Poetix for her beautiful spoken words in the background on African Embrace. We truly appreciate you!

Tantra-zawadi and Lupe
Get ready for a new installment of the staged reading “To Face It,” by Lupe Family. This one-woman staged reading by Tantra-zawadi, explores the depth of personal pain along with the politics, betrayal, sexism, racism and love in the lives of our four main characters in the U.S.A. I don’t want to give it away, but you will see a shift from previous readings. This performances will offer a glimpse from a black male perspective. It’s intense, riveting and honest. The event takes place on Sunday, May 7th at the WOW Cafe Theater, 59-61 East 4th Street (between Bowery and Second Avenue) in New York City. Doors open at 5:30pm and the performace begins promptly at 6:00pm. Admission is $15.00 (sliding scale…no one will be turned away). One night only followed by an artist/audience talk back. Hope to see you there.

Thank so much for stopping by and for your beautiful support. Hope to see you out there.

#OneLoveOneHouse
#PeaceandLove
#NaPoMo
#ZawadisHouse

Tantra-zawadi

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Hot Jazz and Poetry at Bing Arts Center in Springfield, MA with Jo Sallins, D. Moss and Tantra-zawadi

March 30, 2017

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Join us for an incredible evening of hot jazz and poetry this Saturday, April 1st at Bing Arts Center in Springfield, MA. Not to be missed – hope to see your beautiful faces in the house.

Thank you for your love and support!

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New Music from Uno Mas Digital Recordings “Africa Rising!”

March 30, 2017

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New music for all you #afrohouse lovers from Uno Mas Digital Recordings with Incolor Deep and spoken word by Tantra-zawadi. Pick up your copy today on Traxsource.com.

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Breathless EP (Fotis Mentor Monos, Rescue Poetix, Tantra-zawadi, Lana Rose and Julie & Makeda) OUT NOW #GoodForYouRecords

February 10, 2017

Peace & Blessings Beautiful Ones!

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OUT NOW! “Breathless,” the new EP produced by Fotis ‘Mentor’ Monos (Good For You Records), is a vibrant collaboration of original songs and spoken word by: Rescue Poetix, Tantra-zawadi, Julie & Makeda and Lana Rose. Each artist brings her own unique voice, strength and essence to inspire, groove, and illuminate the love in you! Pick up your copy today on Traxsource.com: Breathless EP.

Thanks to you all for your beautiful support. We appreciate you!

One Love,
Tantra-zawadi and #TeamBreathless

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What am I listening to? Zawadi’s Winter Paradise…new music available now on Traxsource!

February 9, 2017

Staying warm and cozy with thanks to: Terry Hunter, Angie Fisher, Tony Momrelle, DJ Spinna, Doc Link, Josh Milan II, Mario Djust, Aaron K Gray, Scott Wozniak, Graham Knox Frazier, Jihad Muhammad, The Journey Men, Fyza Maria Conneely, Sir LSG, Ayanda Jiya, Sandy Rivera (Kings of Tomorrow), IDQ, Black Motion. Support the artists. All music available now for purchase on Traxsource.com.

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Thank you for your love and support.

Stay beautiful!

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“Yo Tengo Un Sueno/I Have A Dream,” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, February 17, 2017

February 8, 2017

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Friday Evening FEBRUARY 17th, 2017 at 7PM at the World Famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the Lower East Side of NYC…….”YO TENGO UN SUENO/I Have A Dream @ THE NUYO 2k17! Hosted By Ms. Pashun Shareef BKA passion NoLastNecessary & Sammy Samson Maldonado…….With Appearances By Alberto Albert TainoImage Areizaga, Irene Mtk, Freida Grace Jones BKA Fradane, David Roberts aka D-Black, Tom Ray, Ashley Pettaway BKA Mr. Phoenyx, Tantra-zawadi, Jani Rose, Alexander Matthew, & Other Greats……..Music By Demetrius Daniel, Fred Arcoleo & The Band…….Choreography By Wizdom Speaks, Daria Sanchez & Mambo NYC Dancers…….Associate Produced By Manuela Nancy Pascual, Elena Mamarazzi Marrero, Albert Areizaga, & Otis Cotton…….Produced By The Nuyorican Poets Cafe & Samson (Poet/Songwriter) ……. Executive Produced By Ronald Haynie . . . . . . & Featuring Award Winning Actress Ms. Helen Sanders, Ngoma Hill, & Mrs. Valerie Bell will read an excerpt from “Sean Bell Just 23: Thoughts from a Mother In Spoken Word” By Kisha Walker.

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is located at 236 East 3rd Street (between Avenues B & C), New York City, New York (212) 780-9386. For more information, please visit www.nuyorican.org.

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Coming soon: “Breathless” the EP (Good for You Records)

February 8, 2017

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News flash beautiful ones!

“Breathless,” the forthcoming EP produced by Fotis ‘Mentor’ Monos is a vibrant collaboration of original songs and spoken word by: Rescue Poetix, Tantra-zawadi, Julie & Makeda and Lana Rose. Each artist brings her own unique voice, strength and essence to inspire, groove, and illuminate the love in you!

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Look for our release on February 10th on Good For You Records. We can’t wait to share it with you.

Thank you for your beautiful love and support.

#teambreathless #breathlessep #goodforyourecords #kennysummit #fotismentormonos #rescuepoetix #julieandmakeda #lanarose #tantrazawadi

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Love and Gratitude to the Senegal-America Project and other Positive Vibes!

February 8, 2017

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Hoping your new year is off to an inspiring start. Lots of changes happening around us that require our love and attention. Let’s stay focused, conscious and connected.

I spent the last week of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 in Senegal, West Africa with THE SENEGAL-AMERICA PROJECT (a non-profit sponsored network of partnerships to address our common issues, as well as a performance troupe featuring musicians, poets and dancers from Senegal, America and beyond). The primary goal of S.A.P. is to bring people together in meaningful collaborations that create transformational responses to what we share of common issues and common ground.

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It takes time to process the experiences and emotions of a journey to Senegal. Although this is not my first visit to Africa, each journey touches upon a special place of enlightenment and inspiration. The conversations and art that develop, are not centered upon our individuality, but upon how WE as a collective can grow together through art and culture. The generosity in Senegal is an everyday vibration, and I have much to be thankful for with gratitude to my travel companions, the artists and the people we met along the way.

On New Year’s Day, S.A.P. artists Tony Vacca, Massamba Diop, Abiodun Oyewole, Barou Sall, Backa Niang and yours truly, performed at Sobobade’s Festival Rhythmes et Formes du Monde. It was a spectacular event! People came from near and far to the gorgeous amphitheater designed by visionary, sculptor and founder of Sobobade, Gerard Genet. It was an incredible experience of music, dance and art from around the world. S.A.P. also facilitated workshops, performed at Cises in Dakar with Senegalese Hip-Hop luminaries Bideew Bou Bess, visited and performed at Malika Monkeys, spent time building with young people of Lycee Moderne High School, Papillon Bleu School, interview on Senegalese television by DTV (TMTC) and recorded two videos (African Embrace and Pelorinho) as well as audio studio recordings.

I am grateful for our families and friends for their love and support, and to Senegal for welcoming us with an open heart. There are so many people to thank, but here are a few that made this journey a magical experience: Special thanks to Tony Vacca and Massamba Diop – founders of S.A.P., Mayor Augustine Senghor/Goree Island, Gerard and Sylvaine Genet, staff and musicians of Sobobade, Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets), Jean Butler – CEO Arts-Are-Essential, Bideew Bou Bess, Herma and Danny Bode and the staff of Malika Monkeys, Pape Sakho, Jason Buchea, Ibrahima Ndiaye, Master Nomila, Daouda Dia, Salef Ba, Donald Boucal, Barou Sall, Backa Niang, DTV (TMTC), Mouhammed Cherif Fadhel, Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Wantd, Issah, Laye Ndiaye Studios, Mor Sakho and Lycee Moderne High School. Thanks to our wonderful taxi drivers for their knowledge and expertise and to my manager Rescue Poetix. I look forward to our next adventure in world music, poetry, global citizenship, peace and love inshallah. We are the African Embrace!

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Look out for our new videos: African Embrace and Pelorinho produced by Tony Vacca with original music and poetry by collaborators of the Senegal-America Project – filmed in Senegal by Wantd.

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“To Face It,” A Staged Reading by Tantra-zawadi from the novel by Lupe Family, WOW Cafe Theatre!

December 11, 2016

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SAVE THE DATE!

Please join us on Sunday, December 18, 2016 for the anniversary performance of:

“To Face It”
@The WOW Cafe Theatre
59-61 East 4th Street (between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York City, New York 10003
http://www.wowcafe.org/event/to-face-it/
Doors open at 4:45pm
Performance at 5:00pm
Admission ($15 more/less “sliding scale”)
(917) 725-1482

Directed by Rescue Poetix and Tantra-zawadi.

“How do radical therapists show the capitalist context in COUNSELING? Can you create clarity under CRAPITALISM?”

Performance followed by artist/book group example & community talk back, until 7:30pm. Be the show!

FOCUS ON PAM, THE RADICAL THERAPIST
(for resource www.radicaltherapy.org).

From the novel by Lupe Family

Featuring Tantra-zawadi

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