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La Soul Renaissance New Bedford Shows Friday Oct 23 Pour Farm & Saturday Oct 24 No Problemo’s

In honor of creative director Erik Andrade being selected to perform at TEDx New Bedford, La Soul Renaissance  is curating two nights of culture with live art, music, spoken word poetry, hip hop, and community building on Friday October 23rd at the Pour Farm Tavern and Saturday October 24th at No Problemo’s.The audience for both events is mature 21+ and geared towards  artist, poets, emcees, activists, spiritual truth seekers, dreamers, and fans of a good time.

Overflowing Cup Project – Friday Saturday 23rd, 2015

The first night is La Soul Renaissance The Overflowing Cup Project   will happen right in the heart of LaSoulRenaissanceFriOct23SmallFlyercity at the Pour Farm Tavern and Grille  780 Purchase  St. Downtown New Bedford. The event is free of charge with no cover charge. The night will begin with an open mic from 8pm – 9pm  for spoken word artists, poets, artist with an enlightening message La Soul Renaissance encourages uplifting and truth telling poetry posed with passion, purpose, and thirst for peace and prosperity for all.


Following the open mic from  9-10 PM our vibe be set  by DJ DMott as he spins and all vinyl set. Mixing and eclectic collection of soul, funk,  and classic underground hip hop. Think lounge  setting the vibe with an intentional space for for communication, community building, networking, dancing and getting ready for an amazing live show. 

10PM – 12PM  featuring performances from  Jared Paul, Paranom, and Erik Andrade


Having toured internationally in over 200 cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe playing alongside legendary poets, musicians, journalists, and speakers such as Amy Goodman, Saul Williams, Bill Clinton, Sage Francis, Our Lady Peace, Paul Hawken, Jello Biafra, Immortal Technique, Anti-Flag, Atmosphere, The Misfits and many others, Jared is widely recognized as one of the premiere performance poets in the world. His work has been featured on the Canadian Broadcast Company program, “Zed TV,” as well as in CMJ Magazine and The Providence Journal. Jared is a two time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist and has been a featured poet at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Post Secret national book tour, South By Southwest Music Festival, and Net Roots Nation. He was also the headlining act for the 2009 Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach grand opening at the nationally acclaimed Villa Stuck gallery in Munich, Germany.

“Jared Paul is a stunning performer – staring audiences in the eyes and calling for conscious responses to injustice. His talent at sharing complex ideas through verse should not be missed.”
-The Eureka Times Standard

“If the United Nations needed a representative from the Slam/poetry community, we’d send them Jared.”
-Buddy Wakefield, 2004 & 2005 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion


Recently returned from a tour of Europe with Killah Priest of Wu Tang tour – visiting maxresdefaultGermany, Austria, and Greece. While overseas his hit “Microphone Phenomenal” peaked at the #1 spot on Europe’s Underground Hip Hop chart. Upon returning to states he has contained to released highly respected music with several successful project including Paranom 777 (EP) available for download at his website here 

Additionally,  Paranom had the great honor of being awarded the 2014 “RAPPER OF THE YEAR AWARD” He will be performing in New Bedford fresh from his tour down to Atlanta where he performed on Hip Hop Music’s Biggest Stage at AC3 Hip Hop Festival.  Paranom is sure to leave the crowd in enlightened and caught up in the music, if your a fan of hip hop do your ears a favor and be sure to check out his special featured set at La Soul Renaissance The Overflowing Cup Project Friday October 23rd at the Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford MA.

“Simply put, Paranom is your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. On his Wreck Shop/SonicBids profile his sound is described as a soulful sound “akin to the likes of John Coltrane meets Black Thought meets Nas”
-Producers United


As a performance artist Erik was awarded 2012 SouthCoast Music Awards Poet of the year. He 484265_4793904215430_391724858_nhas opened up and shared the stage with Mos Def, Angela Davis, Sonia Sanchez, Everett Hoagland, Askia Toure, Climbing PoeTree, Saul Williams, Wise Intelligent, Dead Prez, Masta Ace, Killah Priest,  Slick Rick, Ursula Rucker, Jessica Care Moore, Fred Ho, and many more.

His poetry has been featured on over 15 recording projects, including the Foundation Movement’s Greatest Hits, which was awarded 2006 New England Urban Music Award’s “Best Hip Hop Album”. Additionally, in 2014 his poem “I Can’t Breathe (for Eric Garner) was published internationally on MixedWorldMusic.Com, nationally by CNN Headline News TV, and locally in the Standard Times. 

Erik has presented nationally and internationally touring the Islands of Cabo Verde, Africa (Sal, Santiago, Boa Vista). The highlight of the tour being  performance Chachi Carvalho on the Ubran Stage at the 2014 Atlantic Music Expo in front of a crowd of thousands outside the Presidential Plaza downtown Praia. No stranger to large crowds and big stages Erik  has performed at Jazz Festivals, Connecting for Change Conferences and is currently is scheduled for a performance for TED talks at a TEDx New Bedford event November 6th at the Zeiterion Theatre (purchase tickets here) . 

Erik’s commitment and passion for his community is where he relishes, he exemplifies dynamic artistry-his uniqueness breaths life to social change!
-Lucy Coutinho (BET, Think Positive Magazine, Sodade Magazine)  



La Soul Renaissance: The Harvest 3 starring Caliph. Hosted by Erik Andrade featuring music by Doc Lek, Cedric Josey and spoken word poetry by Vanessa Andrade, Iva Brito, Hannah Brown, and Michael Bonds with Dj Anghelli. 21+ event, FREE NO COVER, 10pm – 1 am at No Problemo

La Soul Renaissance honors Dr. Jibreel Khazan of “Greensboro 4” on 55th year anniversary of Sit-In Movement

La Soul Renaissance would like to salute  Civil Rights Icon and Good Brother Jibreel Khazan (born Ezell Alexander Blair, Jr.; October 18, 1941). The Good Brother Jibreel is a civil rights activist who is best known as a member of the Greensboro Four; a group of African American college students who, 55 years ago on February 1, 1960, sat down at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina challenging the store’s policy of denying service to non-white customers. They refused to leave when denied service and stayed until the store closed.The protests, and the subsequent events were major milestone in the African-American Civil Rights Movement

On Feburary 11, 2012 La Soul Renaissance organized a  Jibreel Khazan & Frederick Douglass celebration in New Bedford at the National Park. The special La Soul Renaissance show  featured musical and poetic performances by Cape Verdean Roots Reggae band Afrika Rainbow,  Caliph  (Senegalese American Hip Hop Artist), Spoken Word Poet Erik Andrade,  singer & song writer Mike Wyche, Dj Reza Wreckage, and spoken word poet Raena Camacho.

Additionally, Erik Andrade of La Soul Renaissance dedicated his performance at the  Connecting for Change Conference, in New Bedford MA to Dr. Jibreel Khazan.

Dr. Jibreel Khazan is a brilliant and humble soul whom has blessed not only the world via his courageous direct action and civil disobedience 55 years ago today but in his day to day interactions with everyone his path crosses. Thank you Dr. Jibreel Khazan for all you have contributed to make the world a better place for all.  Happy 55th Anniversary!


Dr. Jibreel Khazan was also a keynote speaker at La Soul Renaissance’s Tearing Down the Walls along with Gloria Clarke, Ernesto “Eroc” Arroyo, Camille Viveros, and Ross Grace in 2004. The conference was designed to connect progressive people from all backgrounds and generations.



Good Brother Jibreel Khazan, May your peace, prosperity, and love continue guide and protect you and may you continue to be a blessing to all.


JIbreel Khazan

#BlackLivesMatter New Bedford Protest- Erik Andrade & FREE Download Link

Many thanks to the organizers of #BlackLivesMatter New Bedford Protest for the great job organizing a powerful and peaceful protest in Downtown New Bedford, MA.  The event was well attended and positive step in the direction of challenging and confronting the injustice and racism in America’s political, judicial, and police departments.  It truly was great to see so many Greater  New Bedford Area community members out showing solidarity and speaking truth to power.

Above is a video clip from the protest and set to  Erik Andrade of La Soul Renaissance’s  and producer Doc Lek of P.H.A.S.S Food first draft production of “I Can’t Breathe” (for Eric Garner). The body of art features a sample of Nina Simone singing Billie Holiday’s Civil Rights song “Strange Fruit” it also contains audio segments of the video of Eric Garner’s last words.

The first draft of the song is available for free download on Erik Andrade’s SoundCloud Page (here).

Fellow Artist, emcees, poets, singers, DJs, producers, musicians, videographers please note: This open creative soundscape offered to you to co-create, share, or use. There is  plenty of space for other artists to respond to the song.

The goal in releasing this is to inspire other artists to download, record, and post their own responses and additions to the track. Whether the response is via a verses, a poem, a speech, added instrumentation, remixed production, a video, etc. it is most welcomed and appreciated.Art and culture is one of our most powerful weapons we have to combat the mind virus of racism lets create together.




Erik Andrade- Biography

Erik Andrade is a Cape Verdean and Irish American artist from Providence, Rhode Island now living in New Bedford, Massachusetts. A renaissance man, Erik is a published poet, spoken word performance poet, event & conference planner, web developer, fashion designer, online radio host and personality, radio disc jockey, videographer & editor, graphic designer, motivational & keynote speaker, social entrepreneur, non-profit program manager, community organizer, social justice & civil rights activist, community service project planner, feature film associate producer, poetry script writer, voice actor, creative advisor, small business owner, and the founding member of La Soul Renaissance. Erik Andrade is available for booking at: LaSoulRenaissanceBooking@Gmail.com

Erik is a 2014 SouthCoast Emerging Leader Nominee recognized for the passion, advocacy, and commitment he brings to the SouthCoast Community. This recognition was given to Erik by a collaborative panel consisting of The SouthCoast Media Group, New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership SouthCoast, Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, SouthCoast Business Bulletin and South Coast Young Professionals Network.

As a performance artist Erik was awarded 2012 SouthCoast Music Awards Poet of the year. He has opened up and shared the stage with Mos Def, Sonia Sanchez, Everett Hoagland, Askia Toure, Climbing PoeTree, Wise Intelligent, Dead Prez, Masta Ace, Killah Priest, Ursula Rucker, Jessica Care Moore, Foundation Movement, Dirty Durdie, Caliph, Sofia Snow, Ashley Rose, Christopher Johnson, Rudy Rudacious, E the Poet Emcee, Jared Paul, Marlon Carey, Matt Ganem, Saul Williams, Masta Ace, Jean Grae,  Akura Naru, Shiesty L, Batchart, Jamaal St. John, Chance Acevedo, Rainmaker, Matt Ganem, Candida Rose, Fred Ho, Royal Hartigan, Andy Mcwain, Grand Army, and many more.

Erik has presented nationally and internationally touring the Islands of Cabo Verde, Africa. With experience performing  at music & poetry venues, college campuses, slam poetry competitions, high schools, community organizations, conferences, cultural festivals, rallies, and protests for intimate gathering and large showcases with audiences of 3,000 plus. Some highlight performances include:

Erik’s poetry has been featured and published on 14 studio albums:

  1. Foundation Movement album Greatest Album 2006 Best Hip Hop Album New England Urban Music Awards
  2. Afrika Rainbow “Identidadi” 2014
  3. The Egalitarian Ensemble  “Confronting the Dragon” scheduled for release in 2015.
  4. Medusah Black “Soular System” 2014
  5. Saturday Morning Cartoon Mixtape” by 3rd Society Entertainment 2014
  6. Sheisty L “Shiestology 3” 2013
  7. Thought Crime Infinite “Universal Consciousness” 2012
  8. Nas “From Nigger to Godson Fix Hate Tape Volume I, 2009
  9. Nas “From Nigger to Godson Fix Hate Tape Volume II, 2009
  10. New Bedford Hip Hop Club’s “The Secret Is Out” 2006
  11. Beatnick “Speak Easy” 2006
  12.  Junior’s “Inside” 2005
  13. Busted Fro “Lost and Found” 2005
  14. First Be “The Essence of Omnipresence” , 2004

Erik Andrade is also working on a music and spoken word EP and his first solo album both scheduled for release in 2015.


Erik Andrade -Parting Ways Museum of African American & Cape Verdean American Ethnohistory Veterans Day Presentation

Video clip from Erik Andrade of La Soul Renaissance’s presentation at “Parting Ways” Museum of African American & Cape Verdean American EthnoHistory, Inc. Veterans Day event on Tuesday November 11, 2014 at the First Parish of Plymouth Universal Unitarian Church. The day was honoring Cato Howe, Plato Turner, Prince Goodwin, Quamony Quash–four patriots, four stories, four young African-American men. One a free man, two former slaves, and one who fought for his country’s liberty while still enslaved. All four were veterans of the American Revolution. The town of Plymouth granted these four patriots land near the Kingston border in an area known as Parting Ways. Howe, Turner, Goodwin, and Quash left behind a legacy. The New Guinea Settlement they founded survived into the early 20th century.

The day also featured  Reverend Ed Hardy of First Parish Universal Unitarian Church, Robert Treat Paine Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, The Freemasons, U.S. Representative Bill Keating, State Senator Vinny deMacedo, Ron E. Armstead Executive Director of Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust,  Mrs. Christine Arato of United States Department of Interior’s National Park Service, keynote speaker Dr. Mark Attucks descendent of Crispus Attucks, poetry presentation by Erik Andrade of La Soul Renaissance, and closing remarks from Eddie L. Johnson president of Parting Ways Museum of African American & Cape Verdean American Ethnohistory, Inc.


Filmed & marketed by Marques Houtman of Urban International Media Group

La Soul Renaissance featuring Climbing PoeTree Sat. Oct 25th at Connecting for Change Conference

Climbing PoeTree

La Soul Renaissance is honored to be organizing a special spoken word poetry & music celebration at the 10th Annual Connecting For Change Conference on Saturday October 25th, 2014.

The show will feature Climbing PoeTree. Climbing PoeTree is the combined force of two boundary-breaking soul-sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. Poets, performance artists, print makers, video and graphic designers, muralists, and new media architects, Alixa and Naima create compelling works at the service of their vision for a more just and livable world.

Climbing PoeTree’s award-winning performance is composed of dual-voice spoken word poetry, hip hop, and multi-media theatre that challenges its audiences to remember their humanity, dissolves apathy with hope, exposes injustice, and helps heal our inner trauma so that we may begin to cope with the issues facing our communities.

Over the last 10 years, Climbing PoeTree has performed for thousands of people across the U.S. and abroad from Mexico to the UK, South Africa to Cuba, alongside visionary leaders and artists such as Cornel West, Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Saul Williams, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Danny Glover, The Last Poets, and Dead Prez.


The show will also feature Erik Andrade and the Overflowing Cup Project Band and more to be announced.

Admission is FREE for conference attendees and $10 for general public. Please remember your badge to ensure admittance.

If you don’t have your conference ticket yet? PURCHASE YOUR CONFERENCE TICKET TODAY!


Date: October 25, 2014
Time: 6 – 10 P.M.

Location: Connecting for Change, New Bedford, MA



“Just Be You” by Erik Andrade for Manny Pay$0 Album

Just BE You


don’t get caught up


follow the followers


trend setters

false image

of tomorrow

or borrowers


the power is

in your inside

no longer

caught up in

ego’s insecurity

that pretend lie

unaware try

to defend


but my dear

you should not care

your pretty

resides within

beautiful beneath

what hides your skin

when you wake up

don’t cover up

with make up

cuz under cover

your defined by

a divine design

so one of a kind

a work of art

worth more

your heart

your mind

then all the


they mine


your shine

I don’t mind

and it don’t


if they do

we’re just fine

trust me

its true

ill just be


and you can

just be


written by Erik Andrade of La Soul Renaissance


La Soul Renaissance present Erik Andrade performing excerpt from “Visit Me”

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La Soul Renaissance proudly presents artist Erik Andrade performing excerpt from single “Visit Me” produced by Doc Lek of PHASS FOOD with guest appearances of Doc Lek on vocals, Caliph of Good Karma, Shawn Lyve, and the project is waiting to schedule a recording session with Chachi Carvalho and saxophonist P. Lowe and will be released once it is all recorded and mix down.