Tantra-zawadi

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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 7, 2009 — Brooklyn born performance poet/artist Tantra-zawadi, announced the release of a short documentary titled “A Silent Genocide: A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS” today. The film, shot on location in New York City and Los Angeles, features a commentary by Betty Makoni, the founder of the Girl Child Network Worldwide and a 2009 Top 10 CNN Hero, offers insights into the personal experience of those living with HIV/AIDS. Through art and activism, A Silent Genocide shows viewers how these individuals are striving to decrease the staggering numbers of new infections.

A Silent Genocide is directed by Ms. Zawadi and Oliver Covrett of XYAYX Multimedia who also edited and produced the film. Musical contributions for the project include Tut Burks and Xavier Kemp with artwork by Shanna Melton Musical contributions for the project include Tut Burks and Xavier Kemp with artwork by Shanna Melton and poetry by Iyapiphany, Jamala Safari and Wynter.

This is Tantra-zawadi’s third project to raise awareness regarding HIV/AIDS. Her video “Scarlet Waters” was featured on the Product(RED) video wall as well as a PSA for Mark Herbert Productions/Betah and Associates.

Tantra-zawadi is an internationally known performance poet/recording artist and the author of “alifepoeminprogress.” She has performed her soul stirring life-poems to standing room audiences at venues all over the world; most recently in Senegal, West Africa and Cape Town, South Africa. Her latest projects include: Girl — A Choreospective, Stolen Dreams, Soldier Blues and collaborations such as The Love Planet EP by Collective Spirits, 2 Shades of Deep EP by Dolls Combers and Deep XCape, Out of the Blue by Gene King, Soundz Out of Africa by DJSpice T, AFROland Volume I by Uno Mas Digital Recordings and Love Seeker by Groove Assassin. Her latest book is “Gathered at Her Sky” from Poets Wear Prada Books.

To view the documentary, “A Silent Genocide” and other videos by Ms. Zawadi, please visit www.youtube.com/tantrazawadi or www.tantra-zawadi.com.

Media Contact: Debra Williams
Diamond and Company
(212) 247-3692
www.diamondandcompany.com
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York City, New York
May 11, 2011
Girl: The Film (Volume I – A Message from Ardija Red-Cloud)
Scheduled for Release on May 15, 2011
A Documentary directed by Tantra-zawadi
Edited by Oliver Covrett, XyayX Multimedia
www.youtube.com/tantrazawadi

Brooklyn born performance poet/artist Tantra-zawadi, announced today the release of her short documentary “Girl: The Film (Volume I – A Message from Ardija Red-Cloud).” Girl: The Film is a series of short documentaries with uplifting messages from men and women to encourage girls in their quest for transformation, independence and self love. Ms. Zawadi, a mentor for Girl-Child Network Worldwide founded by CNN Hero Betty Makoni, created this film to inspire and empower girls in crisis.

Girl: The Film Volume I” is a message from Ardija Red-Cloud, a 77 year-old mother/grandmother/retired guidance counselor with the New York City Department of Education, who exudes a timeless wisdom based upon her personal experiences and self discovery.

The film was shot in New York City and Cape Town, South Africa. It is directed by Ms. Zawadi and edited by Oliver Covrett of XyayX Multimedia. The New York City filming was done by Oliver Covrett and Deb Williams. Contributors are Dorothy Johnson-Laird, Blogger for Girl-Child Network Worldwide, Groove Assassin (Gotta Keep Faith Records), Soul Agenda Musique (Do It Now Recordings), singer/songwriter Dana Byrd, Tut Amin (MoHySoundz), Saxophonist Shannon Mowday, poetry by Nathan P. and Tshombe Sekou, with “Girl” graphic design by Stephanie Griffin and artwork by Aaron Mobley.

Tantra-zawadi is an internationally known performance poet/recording artist and the author of “Gathered at Her Sky” (PWP Books), “alifepoeminprogress” (Chuma Spirit Books), and a contributor in The 2011 Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology and “A Poetically Spoken Anthology – Volume I” (Inner Child Press 2011). Her poetry has appeared in Essence Magazine and SpokenVizions Magazine. She has performed her soul stirring poems to standing room audiences at venues all over the world including London and Germany as well as Senegal, West Africa, the Badilisha Poetry X-Change Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, the Montserrat Poetry Festival in Missouri, the Greenfield Poetry Festival in Massachusetts, and the Austin International Poetry Festival in Texas. Her latest projects include the stage play “Stolen Dreams, “Girl – A Choreospective,” and collaborations such as “Out of the Blue” by Gene King (Shines Records), 2 Shades of Deep EP by Dolls Combers and Deep Xcape (DIN Recordings), AFROland Volume I by Uno Mas Digital Recordings, “Soundz Out of Africa” by DJ Spice T (UMBO Recordings), “Love Seeker” by Groove Assassin (GKF Records), “Secrets of Life” by Nastee Nev (DIN Recordings), “Don’t Let Go” by Soul Agenda Musique (DIN Recordings), The Love Planet EP by Collective Spirits, The Summerbreeze EP By Dolls Combers, EARTHOLOGY by Floyd Boykin, Jr., and the award winning Liberation Sessions Soul of the City CD by Mwalim.

Girl: The Film Volume I” will be available for viewing on May 15th at www.youtube.com/tantrazawadi. To learn more about Tantra-zawadi, please visit her website at www.tantra-zawadi.com.

Ms. Zawadi is grateful for your continued love and support.

Media Contact: Debra Williams
Diamond and Company
(212) 247-3692
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