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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.

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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.