Kholi PR+ Aids Atlanta Arts Company Take Philadelphia by Storm

Local promoters use poetry and music to bridge cultural gaps.

Philadelphia, PA, October 16, 2008 --( This October, Philadelphia audiences will be treated to a popular but under-appreciated pairing--a $500 poetry slam fused with visual art and a soul concert from indie music artists. National promotion group, Below The Radar, and local Philly Brand Authentic/Kholi PR+, will welcome national recording artist, Ken J. Martin, to Rough Language V-- a poetry slam featuring 12 of the top poets from across the country and a $500 cash prize.

This event will take place Friday, October 24th, 2008 at the Bubble House in Philadelphia, PA. and will feature Soul Music by Atlanta native; guitarist, singer, songwriter, Ken J. Martin. It will also include three rounds of performance poetry judged by five celebrity guest judges. This will mark the fifth installment of the Rough Language Poetry Slam series. In the previous events, poets also competed for a $500 cash prize as well as a chance to compete for the $1000 prize in March 2009 in Atlanta and ultimately a chance to perform at the Akoben Music Festival in New Orleans.

"We knew because of our presence in the local community we would get a certain level of attendance, but we were really shocked by how diverse the audience was becoming," said Below the Radar founder and member of the two time National Poetry Slam Champ Team, Slam Charlotte, Bethsheba "Queen Sheba" Rem. "We felt this was the right time to push the envelope."

Sheba is not only a popular fixture on the nation's underground poetry scene, but highly loved and respected as a leader in the arts community by her peers. "She's extremely personable," said one audience member. "If she's performing or hosting, you feel like she's talking right to you. She makes everyone feel special. You leave the poetry slam feeling happy and motivated."

The Rough Language promoters, Carrie Y.T. Kholi and Beth(sheba) A. Rem are planning for this slam series on October 24th at the Bubble House but the wheels are already turning for, Dec 2008, which will feature Hidden Beach Recording Artist, Jaguar Wright and Atlanta's new young voices that give background to Kelis and many others, Ms. Eva Kennedy. Below the Radar and Kholi PR+ plan to team up again in Philadelphia in January 2009 (feature TBD) and in Atlanta March 2009 for the highly anticipated Women's History Month Show with the coveted $1,000 slam, featuring British Fenom Julie Dexter and other surprise guest artists.

About Below the Radar
Created in July 2007 by esteemed poet, writer and activist, Bethsheba 'Queen Sheba' Rem, Oya Xclusive is a one-stop booking agency and promotion/production company consisting of an all-star executive team consisting of A&R representatives, distribution and promotion representatives, grant writers, youth organizers, Web and graphic designers, word-shop facilitators, business and tour managers, photographers and audiovisual specialists. Below the Radar believes in supporting the growth of all artists and subcontracts artists for performances around the country within the booking segment, to include hosts, singers and emcees. Most recently Oya Xclusive has joined forces with poets in Europe to invest in exposure for both UK and American poets. For more information, please log on to:

Media Contacts:
Adah Pittman
Executive Assistant to Julius Irving
Carrie Y. T. Kholi
Oya Xclusive Int'l/Below The Radar Presents Rough Language
Executive Assistant to Queen Sheba

Kholi PR+
Carrie Coley