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With love and gratitude to Betty Makoni, CNN Hero/Founder of The Girl-Child Network Worldwide www.girlchildnetworkworldwide.org and John Paul O’Neill, Poet/Founder of Farrago Poetry https://www.facebook.com/farrago.poetry.
“Tantra-zawadi is magical just like the African mermaid. Her flow is like water and her words become the boat that you sail in. In this world of form and no substance, her words have meaning and a sensuality that we don’t often find. Hearing and reading her poetry is like taking a journey to the places we dream of.”
Founding member of The Last Poets
“Some would call Tantra-zawadi’s creations “poetry,” and her latest collection, a “book of poems.” But it’s really a dare – a double dare – to share a journey to the core of our individual and collective experience of love – love for ourselves and for our precious ever-evolving humanity.
From country music to pulp fiction, from pop songs to epic poetry, seems like we are all too ready for hearts-in-love to be broken, for dreams and visions to go unrealized. Tantra-zawadi’s words, written and spoken, offer a different paradigm – a trail of hearts daring to be open.”
World Music percussionist
Founding member of The Senegal-America Project
“I will not feign sleep
Nor will I sit in silence
“Bubbles: One Conscious Breath”
(Poets Wear Prada 2013)
On Thursday, April 3, 2014, please join us for the Farrago Showcase with visiting New York City poet Tantra-zawadi, Anna Kahn, Marlon Balraj & others tbc. There’ll also be a Haiku SLAM! & open mic slots, following on from a Creative Writing & Performance Workshop with John Paul O’Neill which starts at 6:30pm. Show begins at 8pm.
Slots in the SLAM! & open mic can now be booked in advance, there will be a few available on the night. Please contact John Paul O’Neill at email@example.com to reserve a place and for more information.
The Poetry Cafe
22 Betterton Street
WC2H 9BX London, United Kingdom
Emcee: John Paul O’Neill. Tickets: £6/£5. Workshop & show £10.
Various “Uno Mas WMC 2014 Sampler” (Uno Mas Recordings CD Promo):
“Uno Mas label had Steve Paradise has put together a fabulous “WMC Sampler” guaranteed to put a spell on you. The sampler includes not less than a total of nine equally massive tracks from renowned artists such as Cocoa Nela, Darian Crouse, Enea DJ, Lady Bird, Klaas meet Mixas, Matteo, Mzala Wa Afrika, Tee R, Steve Paradise, Tantra Zawadi, Dana A. Byrd, LaVeda Davis, Waxfood, Yoliswa and Patrick Khuzwayo – to cut a long story short, this truly multifarious sampler lets you enjoy the many different flavors of house music in its full glory. Simply breath-taking…”
-Michael Fossati, Spirit of House, Reviews – March 2, 2014
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Never Again Royal Night Second Anniversary | 5 April 2014 | The Thurrock Hotel
It is now the talk of UK and many parts of the world where Royal Purple guests and their Royal Hostesses who are Princesses from Africa who support the charity work of Girl Child Network Worldwide gather to inspire, empower and do acts of generosity and giving back to their communities back in Africa. The event is hosted by CNN Hero and multi global award winner UK gender based violence expert and Founder of Girl Child Network Worldwide, Muzvare-Princess Betty Makoni and Chair of Trustees, Her Royal Highness, Princess Deun Adedoyin Solarin who are expected to announce African Royal Awards to eight women who are role models and heroes for girls empowerment worldwide.
This year, Never Again Royal night is expected to be bigger with a line-up of great inspirational speakers and guests from all over the world. Notable amongst those special guests is New York City poet/author, Tantra-zawadi who is flying into the UK for one of her greatest performances at the event. She will be signing copies of her new poetry book, “Bubbles: One Conscious Breath” alongside Muzvare Betty Makoni.
For more about the event and The Girl-Child Network Worldwide, please click on the photo above.
Thank you for your love and support!
MUSIC IS OUR REVOLUTION
Hip Hop and Social Activism in Senegal
A four-day residency examining how musicians and poets in Senegal are using their talents and their art to motivate social engagement and promote peace
Northampton, MA—From February 22-25, 2014 Smith College will host a four-day residency bringing together an innovative group of musicians and poets with a distinguished group of scholars for a series of events exploring the impact of hip hop and rap music on political and social activism in the West African nation of Senegal.
The residency will open on Saturday, February 22 at 3:00 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, with a concert featuring some of the top hip hop and rap musicians in Senegal, including the band Bideew Bou Bess, Abiodun Oyewole (of The Last Poets), female performance poet Tantra Zawadi, American percussionist Tony Vacca, and Senegalese-American band Gokh-bi System.
On Sunday, February 23, there will be a screening of the documentary film Democracy in Dakar at 3:00 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium in Wright Hall. The film, which was directed by award-winning international media producer, educator and author Ben Herson, examines the confluence of hip-hop and politics in Dakar, Senegal. After the screening, Herson will lead a talk-back about the film and the issues it raises with the audience and performers from Saturday’s concert.
Events on Monday, February 24 will focus on educational and scholarly discussions between the artists and students and faculty at Smith College. Performers will visit several classes at the college to discuss their work, and will also participate in a global salon, a meeting with members of the academic community exploring international issues associated with art and activism.
Additional class visits and educational meetings will take place during the day on Tuesday, February 25, and then the residency will conclude with a final public event at 7:00 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, an open dialogue titled Hip Hop and Global Citizenship. Eric Charry, Professor of Music at Wesleyan University and the editor the book Hip Hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World. Charry will give an overview of African hip hop and will then engage both the performers from Senegal and the audience in a conversation about music as an agent of political and social change.
This event is made possible by the generous support of the Smith College Music Department, the Office of Student Engagement, the Lecture Committee, the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Lewis Global Studies Center, the Smith College Anthropology Department, the Five College African Studies Program, the Five College Ethnomusicology Program, the Amherst College Black Studies Department, and the Mount Holyoke College Music Department.
Sunday, February 16, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002 USA
Hosted by David Lawton
$2 donation appreciated – Two drink minimum
(any drink incl. non-alcoholic, tea is available)
Whether through his career in Social Services or his presence on the spoken word scene, Nathan Pearson, AKA Nathan P. has found a way to uplift, motivate, inspire as well as entertain those he crosses paths with. Beginning in 2000 when he became a Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe Grand Slam finalist and slam host, his poetic travels have taken him to several college campuses, three poetic off-Broadway productions, two chapbooks, one CD, countless performances, and he feels blessed to meet and perform with a Fort Knox vault of talented artists! Friend him on Facebook under Nathan Pearson (just look for the trademark fedora!)
Tantra-zawadi, an international performance poet and author from Brooklyn, New York, has performed in Africa, Europe and Canada. She is a mentor for the Girl Child Network Worldwide and her poem / video ”Scarlet Waters,” was featured on the Product (RED) video wall. She is the director of two short documentaries: “Girl: The Film, Volume I” and “A Silent Genocide — A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS.” Tantra-zawadi has collaborated on numerous house music compilations worldwide. Her latest book is Bubbles: One Conscious Breath, illustrated by Edwin Boone (Poets Wear Prada). Find out more at her website.
Plus open mic
You’re invited!! Please join us at the Bronx Museum of the Arts on Sunday, February 9th! I’ll be there sharing a few poems from my book “Bubbles: One Conscious Breath” (Poets Wear Prada), illustrated by Edwin Boone http://www.amazon.com/dp/061581963X/ref=cm_sw_su_dp.
Congratulations to Van Dirk Fisher, founder of the Riant Theatre and artistic director Strawberry One-Act Festival. Hope to see you there for a fun-filled day with theatre, film, books, music, poetry dance, awards programs and creative workshops from 12noon to 9:00pm.
Poetry Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wednesday, January 15th
At the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe
236 East 3rd Street (bet. Avenues B & C)
New York City, New York
7 – 9 PM
Hosted by Bobby Gonzalez and Maria Aponte
Co-Produced by Ronald Haynie and Elena Marrero
“Muzvare Betty Makoni would like to extend her heartfelt congratulations to Female Musicians who have been selected as good role models (especially to girls), by using the art of music to empower women and raise awareness on some injustices women and girls have to fight daily in the home, school, community and at work.”
Thank you Betty Makoni for this incredible honor and for including our song Soul Varti and Tantra-zawadi “Jazzy Nights” (For Jayne Cortez, Betasweet Velile Mix), Peng Africa http://www.traxsource.com/title/256561/jazzy-nights-for-jayne-cortez!
Betty Makoni is a CNN Hero, poet, author, founder/CEO of the Girl-Child Networkworldwide and human rights activist. To learn more about Betty Makoni and her work, please visit her on-line at http://www.girlchildnetworkworldwide.org/about/
Peace, love and gratitude,