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SENEGAL-AMERICA PROJECT 2015-2016
A journey of this magnitude takes time to process. While I was actively present, my senses were overtaken by the beauty, art, food, culture, people and gratitude of the moment. One inhale and exhale, and I’m right back there again, and honored to share with you the first part of our journey to Sobobade; an arts residence located in Toubab Dialaw along the coast of Senegal.
The room that I shared with Aliya Cycon (musician and fellow Senegal-America Project collaborator), had a gorgeous view of the beach and the ocean. I loved hearing the calls to prayer and the djembe in the morning as I snuggled down for a little more rest. These photos are so special to me because the folks in them were totally in the moment, and I believe their expressions offer insight into the depth of our commitment to global citizenship through the arts. Their stories are multi-faceted coming from diverse backgrounds and cultures yet gathered as one celebrating what we share, how we learn and ways that we love.
I hope you enjoy our moments in time at Sobobade. Pictured below are the family of our dear friend Djibril Ba (fellow Senegal-America Project collaborator and riiti player). Sobobade did a soul touching tribute in his honor on New Year’s Eve. So grateful to have been there, and to be amongst his family, friends and loved ones. You will also see photos from our workshop in the ampitheater! We had poets, singers, musicians and all kinds of beautiful energy happening in the space. Many thanks to Tony Vacca (co-founder of the Senegal-America Project) for inviting me to share in the “more,” to our fellow collaborators Jeff Gelbard and Aliya Cycon for just being their beautiful selves, to Gerard and Sylvan Genet (owners of Sobobade), for having us there once again, and to everyone who came, shared, vibed and made this journey one for the heart. Showing love and gratitude to my family and loved ones for being a part of my life and helping make this journey a reality. You know all about it…thank you! You mean everything to me and I love you deep.
Nyokobok (means “we share it” in Wolof).
Peace, love and light,
Our journey to Senegal was the experience of a lifetime! We had the opportunity to exchange ideas on poetry, music and global citizenship with young minds at Banque Islamique High School in Dakar. We conducted a poetry and creative arts workshop, and I thoroughly enjoyed being amongst brilliant youth sharing ideas about our environment, dreams and global citizenship. Their poems were filled with mindfuness for building a vibrant continent thereby making an invaluable contribution towards a sustainable planet. Their vision for the global collective is grounded in education, respect, sustainability, and a peaceful existence for human kind. That’s somethinng that I am definitely down for! The power of poetry in action!
It didn’t take long for the classroom to transform into a smokin’ hot poetry space with lots of applause, singing, exquisite presentation and beautiful smiles. Many thanks to the Headmaster of Banque Islamique High School, Professor Sall, Coumba Niang, Pape Pouye, Tony Vacca, Jeff Gelbard, Aliya Cycon and Mamadou of Gokh-bi-System for their hospitality, professionalism, beautiful love and support. It was truly an amazing day in the spirit of “Nyokobok,” which means “we share it” in Wolof.
Peace, love and progress,
Join Editor Joel Allegretti and these contributors to the anthology “Rabbit Ears: TV Poems” (NYQ Books) in a poeric tribute to the small screen:
Peter Carlaftes, co-founder, Three Rooms Press
steve dalachinsky, author of “A Superintendent’s Eyes”
Martine Bellen, author of “Ghosts”
Ron Kolm, author “Duke & Jill”
David Lawton, author of “Sharp Blue Stream”
Tantra-zawadi, author of “Gathered at Her Sky”
Angelo Verga, author of “33 New York City Poems”
George Wallace, associate editor, great weather for MEDIA
$8 cover, includes one house drink
158 Bleecker Street
New York City, New York
$8.00 (admission includes one beer, wine, or well drink with purchase)
This is a general admission event in The Gallery at LPR.
Hope to see you there!
Join Joel Allegretti, editor of “Rabbit Ears: TV Poems” (NYQ Books), and the following contributors to the first anthology of poetry about television as they pay tribute to the small screen:
Friday, February 5 2016
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop
126A Front Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
7:00 – 9:00pm
“Rabbit Ears” is the first anthology of poetry about TV. The title comes courtesy of one of the contributors, Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2015
JERSEY CITY – RescuePoetix™ has struck a management deal with independent artist Tantra-zawadi. This collaboration further expands RescuePoetix™ Management scope as an organization focused on providing quality management and booking services. As part of her responsibilities, RescuePoetix™ will lead the development and growth of this dynamic artist throughout the coming year and beyond. Tantra-zawadi will join forces with RescuePoetix™ to broaden her marketing reach and expand her brand into a variety of areas in Art, Activism, music and entertainment. She will also help to improve Tantra’s brand visibility and broaden Tantra’s artistic influence through business and philanthropic efforts. The deal will involve several music releases, radio programming opportunities, community action, educational workshops, live performances, touring and more!
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Tantra-zawadi is comprehensive her exploration, with an awareness 360 and beyond. Tantra addresses the world and its poetry — poet to poet, enjoined in the present, evolving, through media, traditional and new, in print and performance, on the internet and off: visualizing word for the page, spoken on stage or before the camera, shaped to accompaniment by music — never diminished. Hers is a responsibility taken on behalf of others. Whom Brooklyn began enlivens a world; Tantra the artist is now sought and received. She permits neither the page’s edge nor the stage, the end of the music or the script to prescribe her method, limit her manner of engagement or define her role. Conjunction, for Tantra, succeeds through sum of dramatic parts. “Girl: A Choreospective” augmented The Numeral Thr3ee Off Broadway, “Soldier Blues,” movement with words and music, further rite, to A Night of Three Goddesses at New York’s Lincoln Center. “The Fear,” contributed to An Evolution of Reinvention, “Stolen Dreams,” like “Leaving My Apartment and Other Urban Adventures” — songs, too, inspiriting the Von DuvoisDance Collective — shared meaning in context of collaboration and combined effect. Her performances, at large, grace diverse stages, enthrall standing room in South Africa, London, Berlin, local museums, audiences on radio and TV. Visit Tantra-zawadi on the web at: Tantra-zawadi | Facebook | Twitter
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As a recording artist, RescuePoetix™ burst onto the music scene in the summer of 2011 with “Shadow Dancer,” her first spoken word release. Since then, additional works have been released on such notable house music labels as: D# Sharp Records, Cyberjamz Records, Liberate Recordings, Grooveboy Music, Movement Soul Recordings, Honeycomb Music, Open Bar Music, Arawakan, Seta Label, Cabana Recordings, HSR Records, Global Diplomacy, among others. To add to her many talents, RescuePoetix™ is a writer for several media sites and artists, contributing to music reviews, interviews, biographies, business development projects and record labels. She also markets, promotes and develops programming content for Cyberjamz Internet Radio (cyberjamz.com) working with CEO and founder, Sammy Rock, and VP of Operations, Catherine Rowell. Her most recent endeavors include producing radio shows #JASradio on Cyberjamz.com and Open up the Mic on The Ground Radio.
RescuePoetix™ has joined forces with founders Wyse Rodriguez and Art Negro for the successful two year run of Soulful Cypher presents House on the Hudson (Jersey City, NJ) and with Julissa DeLeon of Jules Entertainment for Summer in the City™ Rooftop Soiree (New York NY) series.
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New York Quarterly Books is pleased to announce the release of “Rabbit Ears: TV Poems,” the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium. The editor is poet Joel Allegretti. Rabbit Ears features 129 poems by nationally known and emerging poets. All contributor royalties earned on sales will be donated to City Harvest, a food rescue organization dedicated to helping feed the 1.4 million New Yorkers who face hunger.
The Rabbit Ears launch party takes place on Monday, December 14th at the Bowery Poetry Club at 6:15pm (308 Bowery, NYC).
You can order your copy today: http://bit.ly/1QkoFeX
Thank you for your beautiful support!!
Honored to be a part of this inspiring experience! Check out this video of participants from E|MERGE: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency 2016 as they creatively introduce themselves:
E|MERGE: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency is a two-week long annual creative residency that provides a fertile space for the interchange of ideas, artistic innovation, and discovery of new models of creation that extend far beyond the residency itself. Artists, activists, scientists, and scholars come together to collaborate across disciplines, and push the boundaries of leadership and heirarchy. The residency culminates in a final weekend of performances, panel discussions, writing, research, and other modes of expression, open to the public http://www.earthdance.net/node/1054.
I am so grateful to work with bold and creative thinkers of The Senegal-America Project. We have a NEW CD aptly titled “Evolution of the Vibe” 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, Dijibril Ba, Saraba, Pitz Quattrone, Bada Seck, Rescue Poetix and yours truly, Tantra-zawadi. It is a celebration of our journey together, and I hope you will give us a listen and get a feel for our vibe. I believe it is healing, beautiful and inspiring. We are connected! Thank you for your support.
Purchase your copy today: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thesenegalamericaproject#.Vlfuy4DcWRs.facebook
Boog City presents
d.a. levy lives: celebrating renegade presses
New York City Small Presses Night
Please join us for Boog’s NYC Small Presses Night featuring readings from contributors to some of the city’s finest small presses, and with publications available from each of the presses! I’ll be there reading for Poets Wear Prada!
Tues. Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. sharp, $5 suggested
Book sale—6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
94 Ave. A
Clown War/CLWN WR
Organism for Poetic Research
Poets Wear Prada
This event is co-curated and hosted by Poets Wear Prada editor Roxanne Hoffman
This is our one event each season in our “d.a. levy lives: celebrating renegade presses” series
where we honor NYC small presses.
Featuring readings from contributors to some of the city’s finest small presses
and with publications available from each of the presses.
**Clown War/CLWN WR, Bob Heman, editor
**Live Mag; Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, editor
—Alisha Kaplan and Paco Marquez
**Poets Wear Prada, Roxanne Hoffman, editor
**Posit, Susan Lewis, editor
—Martine Bellen, Joanna Fuhrman, Joe Pan, Leah Umansky
**The Organizm for Poetic Research, Ada Smailbegović and Rachael M. Wilson, co-founders
—Timothy Anderson, Anna Moser, Ada Smailbegović, Rachael M. Wilson
Series curated and with an introduction by
Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum
Are you ready for #FlashbackAfterworkFridays with Resident DJ Terrence “Tgroove” Fisher? Join us for our kick-off event on Friday, November 20th with special guest DJ, the legendary Josh Milan!! Yes, that’s right!! It’s going to be an awesome evening with Josh at the controls from 10:00pm till midnight! It’s free before 7pm/$10 after at the new happening place to be on Friday nights: The Bahche, 191 7th Street (between 2nd – 3rd Avenues), Brooklyn, NY (F, R, G trains to 4th Avenue/9th Street) #drinkspecials #foodspecials #musicforthesoul #positivevibes. You don’t want to miss this! Hosted by Tantra-zawadi. For more about Josh Milan (DJ, vocalist, songwriter, producer, musician and CEO of Honeycomb Music LLC.), please visit him on-line at http://honeycombmusic.blogspot.com/