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Peace & Blessings Beautiful Ones!
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!
Tantra-zawadi and #TeamBreathless
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.
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.
“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!
Thank you for your beautiful love and support.
#teambreathless #breathlessep #goodforyourecords #kennysummit #fotismentormonos #rescuepoetix #julieandmakeda #lanarose #tantrazawadi
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.
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!
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.
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
Doors open at 4:45pm
Performance at 5:00pm
Admission ($15 more/less “sliding scale”)
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
The Senegal-America Project with Tony Vacca, Tantra Zawadi, Derrik Jordan and Momadou N’Diaye.
A unique mix of innovative World Music and poetic Spoken Word. Poetry fans across The Valley know Tantra Zawadi from her many appearances at The Greenfield Annual Word Fest, and at The Garlic Festival. Momadou N’Diaye is a Senegalese born poet with a heady rhythmic command of five languages that includes Wolof, English, French, Serer and Arabic.Tony Vacca and Derrik Jordan continue to expand the depths of their genre-bending collaborations that have already spanned two decades. This concert is in support of their upcoming trip to Senegal doing concerts, fair-trade recordings and creating the student-to-student international collaborations that help illustrate the guiding principle of The Senegal-America Project: WE ARE ALL CONNECTED.
Expect a special guest or two… it always happens.
The Arts Block
Saturday, December 3, 2016
289 Main St, Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301
What am I listening to? Check it out on Zawadi’s Love and House Chart (November 2016), on Traxsource.com with new music by:
Ree Morris, Chymamusique, DJ Christos, Rhemi, Hanlei, 3 Winans Brothers, Karen Clark Sheard, Louie Vega, Diviniti, Josh Milan, Bonetti, Rescue Poetix, Mannix, Lisa Shaw, Redsoul, Arnold Jarvis, Ilija Rudman, Opolopo, Roy Ananda, Sacha Williamson and Risk Assessment. Enjoy the music, and show your love by supporting the artists.
Thank you for your beautiful support.
#oneloveonehouse #zawadishouse #universalwoman #soulfulhouse #loveandhouse
WHAT’S NEW WITH TANTRA-ZAWADI?
Peace and Blessings Beautiful Ones!
Embracing the possibilities of a new season and inspiring adventures in poetry, music and performance art.
With new music projects on the horizon, I’ve been doing a lot of writing behind the scenes. I am also excited about first-time collaborations with some of the hottest dance music producers in the industry. News releases are on the way.
Speaking of first times, I just returned from my first Mi Casa Holiday event in Carmen del Playa, Mexico. We had a blast, and I am already looking forward to next year’s happening. That party in Tulum was so inspiring and healing. Everything was magnificent; the people, the music, the beach and the vibe. What a memorable experience! Let’s continue to keep the spirit of house music alive.
It’s performance time friends and family! Hope you’ll join us on November 26th at the world famous Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City for Poetic Souljahs Presents: When Children of Yemeya Speak, 236 East 3rd Street, NYC, NY from 7-9pm – admission $15. Featuring: Nathan P, Osunyoyin Alake Afarike, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, David Roberts, Regtuiniah, sefu kafele, Tantra Zawadi and Shareef Ali. This is one event you don’t want to miss. Hosted by Ras Osagyefo with music by DJ Uncle Randy Fagan.
Exciting news to share from THE SENEGAL-AMERICA PROJECT! We are going to Senegal, West Africa next month (December 2016), inshallah. We’re in preparation mode for another exciting journey to the Motherland with Tony Vacca (world renowned percussionist and co-founder of THE SENEGAL-AMERICA PROJECT), Abiodun Oyewole (founding member of the legendary group The Last Poets) and yours truly Tantra-zawadi. There we’ll team up with Massamba Diop (world renowned tama drummer for Baaba Maal and co-founder of THE SENEGAL-AMERICA PROJECT), Bideew Bou Bess (Senegalese hip-hop luminaries/international artists), Barou Sall (hoddou player also from Baaba Maal’s band), Backa Niang (Senegalese percussionist and celebrated vocalist) and special guests.
THE SENEGAL-AMERICA PROJECT is delighted to announce an invitation to participate in Festival des Formes et des Rythmes du Monde at Espace Sobobade in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal (December 28, 2016 through January 1, 2017). We will facilitate workshops on world music, poetry and hip-hop, culminating in live performances at their uniquely designed amphitheater. Although we have participated in this festival before, it is an honor to be invited back. What is it like? It’s a convergence of international like-minded artists from varying cultures, sharing music, dance, theater, poetry, songs, storytelling, art and more. We enjoy delicious meals and spark up impromptu jam sessions from sun up to sun down, while exchanging massive ideas and information about global citizenship and the arts. We have a performance in the Massachusetts area prior to our journey to Senegal. The idea is to offer information about the project, share amazing creative energy, and help raise funds for our trip. The date is Saturday, December 3rd at The Arts Block, 289 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 at 8:00pm. If you are unable to attend, but interested in helping to fund this extraordinary project, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com. Thanking you in advance for your beautiful love and support.
What is the SENEGAL-AMERICA PROJECT?
“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)
There are two distinct aspects of this project: A performance troupe that features musicians, poets, and dancers from Senegal, America and beyond; and a non-profit sponsored network of partnerships that is focused on the power of our inter-connected global citizenship to address our common issues. These include health, education, equity, access, the prevention of violence, and the practice of joyful respect for our exquisite humanity.
As part of our project, we regularly bring visiting Senegalese artists to America for a variety of collaborations. This is an important part of how we finance the health and educational programs we’ve done.
We currently offer:
-Concerts and workshop presentations in schools throughout America
-Projects and Visions trips to Senegal: collaborations of all sorts that begin in Senegal and are designed by participants.
Some past projects include music, health care, story-telling, documentary films, student travel, and school partnerships.
This Project really began with music. The connections and friendships that grew from the music soon fostered collaborations that spawned concert performances and a great recording (The Senegal-America Project, 2001). From all this, we have created the performance spectacle called The Senegal-America Project. You can listen to us on our latest CD “Evolution of the Vibe” available now on CDbaby.com http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thesenegalamericaproject.
The groups and special guests who perform in concert as “The Senegal-America Project” include Tony Vacca’s World Rhythms Ensemble (Jim Matus, Derrik Jordan and Tony Vacca), one of Senegal’s most popular and innovative bands called Bideew Bou Bess, West African Rap/Hip-Hop pioneers Gokh-bi System, saxophonist Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers, tama master Massamba Diop, Senegalese dancer Abdou Sarr, master musician Jo Sallins, and poets Abiodun Oyewole (of the Last Poets), Tantra-zawadi and Magdalena Gomez.
A wide variety of “hands-on” workshops can be included as part of these programs when feasible.
If your school is interested in learning how you can be part of what we are creating, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com. To follow THE SENEGAL-AMERICA PROJECT on line, please visit http://www.tonyvacca.com/senegalamerica/.
Please join us on Sunday, December 18th for “To Face It,” a staged reading by Tantra-zawadi from the novel by Lupe Family at the WOW Café Theater, 59-61 East 4th Street, NYC at 5:00pm. Admission is a sliding scale $15. One night only – directed by Rescue Poetix and Tantra-zawadi.
See what happens next in the life of Tania, a New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority bus operator 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. Be the show!
Thank you for being part of the experience. Looking forward to seeing you at future events or maybe for some insightful conversation. You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, be sure to check out some of my latest music collaborations and charts on Traxsource.com.
To book me for your next event or workshop, please contact Rescue Poetix Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your energy and support is deeply appreciated. I am so grateful for you, and wish you the best in all things.
Peace, love and light,
The Greenfield Annual Word Festival (GAWF) returned with a slew of poetry and prose writers sharing their work. What an amazing event! Happy 7th Anniversary GAWF! Congratulations all around, especially to Paul Richmond (curator/poet/author/publisher). Saturday event featured: Rescue Poetix, Tantra-zawadi, Julie & Makeda, Jo Sallins, Tony Vacca and other distinguished artists at the 9pm performance at The Arts Block. Hope to see you next year!
Tue, 10/18/2016 (All day) – Sun, 10/23/2016 (All day)