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Poetz4Peace First US Tour!!!

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Poetz4Peace First US Tour!!!
May 27, 2004 03:10AM
May 26, 2004

Rhyme of the Century: Poets Perpetrate Words of Peace on US Soil

Next month, US audiences will be treated to the unique music and poetry group Poetz4Peace as it makes its US debut in California. The group includes core members Haji Mike and Zeki Ali, Cypriots from opposite sides of the line that has divided the island for 29 years. Their messages of peace and reunification are supported by music influenced by hip-hop, ambient, funk, reggae, dancehall, and dub. The US tour includes a reception with Cypriot Consul Nicolaos Theophanous and an appearance at the prestigious Sierra Nevada World Music Festival as well as other performances.

Songs on the CD released last year, “A Pair of Olive Leaves,” make a plea for peace to prevail not only in Cyprus, but throughout the world. The disc was recorded largely over the Internet by Poetz on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Zeki Ali described the goals of the project, “Our trials will be the greatest gifts to our children and we lovingly take our part. Peace is not just an alternative to war; it is a way of life. A universal ‘religion’. We are simple people who are proud to be simple.” Holding down the US side of the cyber-collaboration is San Francisco’s Steffen Franz, label head of PSM Recordings. He further elaborated on the Poetz’ mission “to make this music heard throughout the world and to enjoy the knowledge that we are doing something that is changing the world around us for the better.”

Another unique aspect of Poetz4Peace is the manner in which it was funded. The Bi-communal Development Programme (BDP) supported not only the recording and release of the CD but also educational workshops aimed at youth. The BDP, based in Cyprus, is supported by the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and United States Agency for International Development. A second CD “A Cyprus Thing” OTM002 is due for release later on this summer, and features 29 songs from amazing artists from both sides of the "Greenline". Olive Tree Music LTD (Cyprus) and PSM Recordings (US) provide label support for Poetz4Peace.

Members of Poetz4Peace: Steffen Franz (AKA Stand Out Selector) - Producer and Beat maker on the CD is also PSM Recordings label founder, producer, remixer, beat creator. Zeki Ali - poet, writer, radio presenter Haji Mike - Lyricist and MC on the album is also a poet, musician, producer, PhD, vragga dagga don, and P4P/OTM founder. Also featured on “A Pair of Olive Leaves” were Mike Minas on bouzouki and Mike Cherry on keyboards with guest appearances by Rocker T, Kyppa Ranks, Elena Savva, and CC Martyn.

Full June Schedule for Poetz4Peace:

Wednesday June 16th, 2004
Welcome Reception - Presented by Nicolaos Theophanous, Honorary Consul of Cyprus at San Francisco, Positive Sound Massive Recordings, Olive Tree Music LTD, and Minerva Café. Live acoustic performances by Poetz4Peace including poetry and spoken word performances. International DJ music from DJ Jah Kosmik and DJ Aykut. Minerva Cafe, 1750 Divisadero, San Francisco, CA. (415) 359 1467 8:00 – 11:00pm. All Ages. Sliding scale donation ($10 Minimum).

Thursday June 17th, 2004
Poetry Reading - Poets Haji Mike and Zeki Ali will perform selections from "Weeping Island," "A Pair of Olive Leaves" and other writings. Bird and Beckett Books, 2788 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA
(415) 586-3733 Performance starts at 7:30 pm. Free.

Friday, June 18th, 2004
Poetz4Peace Concert - PSM Recordings presents the first US live concert performance of Poetz4Peace with special guests including Stand Out Selector, Jah Minds Eye Soundsystem and more. The Shattuck Downlow Lounge 2284 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA (510) 548-1159 Doors at 9:00pm Poetz4Peace at 11:00pm More information: [www.shattuckdownlow.com]

Sunday, June 20th, 2004
Sierra Nevada World Music Festival - Poetz4Peace performs at the 11th annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival at Angel's Camp, Calavaras County, California. Three day festival features Burning Spear, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Femi Kuti, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Marcia Griffiths, Israel Vibration and The Mighty Diamonds and over 20 more acts. More info: [snwmf.com]

La Pena - Live and Direct from the divided Island of Cyprus, an intimate evening of spoken word with poets Haji Mike and Zeki Ali, reading selections from "Weeping Island" and "A Pair of Olive Leaves" plus past and present works. LA Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA (510) 849-2568 Doors @ 8:00pm, Reading @ 8:00 - 10:00pm. Donations Encouraged! [www.lapena.org]

Members of the music press and representatives of radio stations are invited to request press kits, CDs, and press passes to performances. Press passes to Sierra Nevada World Music Festival are limited.

US Publicity:
Erwin Karl
Promotional Rescue
Seattle, WA
206 355 1600

US Label:
PSM Recordings
San Francisco, CA
415 835 4799

European Label:
Olive Tree Music
Nicosia, Cyprus
357 99 614987

Information about Poetz4Peace on the Internet:

Recent Press:
[www.sfweekly.com] [www.davisenterprise.com]
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