Saturday, 29 May 2010


Are you a Singer, Spitter, Poet, Rapper, Chatter or MC?

Well here's your chance to get a 3 month residency at London's No.1 live event, Soul-D-Out (UK) Live!

You'll have 90 seconds to do YOUR thing in front of the crowd with a live band.

It's a simple as 1, 2, 3!

1. Download the track: (Fantasia Bittersweet Instrumental) to familiarise yourself with the track

2. Arrive at Cottons Rhum Jungle, 70 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4PQ at 8pm on FRIDAY 4th JUNE and put your name on the door for the Open Mic

3. YOU get 90 seconds to shine with the Live Band who will play the backing track!

You'll then be in the running for a THREE month residency at Soul-D-Out (UK) Live - The Soul of the UK - where the soulful reside!

Get ONiT!

*For more information about the event, check out the full details: *

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

INTERVIEW: Tshaka Campbell | Soul-D-Out!

Short. Sharp. Facts!

Name: Tshaka Campbell
Birthplace: South East London
Lives: Kent
Poetry Debut: Nuyorican Poetry Café in NYC


Dubbed, on the Performance Poetry circuit, as theKing of Spoken Word’, Tshaka Campbell is described as a modern day Griot with a generous sprinkling of edutainting lyricism who paints pictures so vivid, you’d swear you can taste them.

In the run up to his forthcoming performance at Soul-D-Out (UK) Live (Friday 4 June 2010) ONiT! had a quick chat with him...

How long have you been performing Spoken Word?
Writing since 95 - performing since 2001

Who would you cite as your influences?
Ben Okri, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Octavia Butler, ainsley burrows, Saul Williams, LIFE

How would you describe your style as a performance artist?

I try to connect with my audience as I ask them to engage in the works as much as I engage in them – listen different… we all have something to say so I want time with them to be fruitful and something they can take away with them….. in a few words Thick, passionate, integrity,

What can the audience expect from you at a performance?

Fun, integrity, a perfectly crafted melange of language painted on a blank canvas peppered with imagery and a touch of a reincarnated west African griot [laughs] we will just enjoy each others company.

Watch a snippet of a performance by Tshaka here:

What performances and projects do you have coming up?

Raising my daughter :o)
Poetry n Motion - May
Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! - June
Rum Punch - July
Wales – Oct
Working on one man show
Working on new digital album

You can see Tshaka Campbell live, at Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! on Friday 4 June

For dinner reservations, please contact Cottons, in advance, on: 020 7833 3332/ A two or three course meal will guarantee your entrance fee to the Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! show is frozen at the mere price of £8.

Doors open at 8pm
Show commences at 9:30pm sharp, with an after party until 2:30am

Advance tickets available at £10 online:
Tickets available on the door at £10 before 11pm/£12 after
Tickets available with your meal, if booked in advance, at the discounted fee of £8

Rhum Jungle
Cotton's Caribbean Restaurant
70, Exmouth Market
London EC1R 4QP

Nearest Tubes
Angel (Northern Line) / Farringdon (Hammersmith & City or Circle Line)

Listen to the Soul-D-Out Radio Show with D'Nyce on BANG Radio 103.6fm / at 19:00 BST every Thursday for the very best in Soul music.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

EVENT: Soul-D-Out (UK) Live!

Promoted by ONiT! PR

Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! presents Soul of the UK on Friday 4 June, and every first Friday of the month thereafter.

Join us to experience this sublime night, dedicated to showcasing the very best of LIVE, soulful sounds from the UK and beyond, in delectable surroundings.

Ideally situated in the heart of the City, at the infamous
Cottons in Clerkenwell, you’ll enjoy a feast of exceptional, organic talent as Host, D'Nyce, of Rampage sound system and Bang Radio 103.6 fm (, alongside the resident house band and resident artist, MOBO award winner, J’Nay accompany this month’s stellar line-up; fellow MOBO winner Enrico Delves, duo Soulcyde and multi award winning, ‘King of Spoken Word’, Tshaka Campbell.

Each artist, has been selected for their impeccable craftsmanship and will delight you with their respective artistry.

In addition to our featured artists, we also have an
Open Mic segment of the show, we’re you can share your creativity with the audience. Text or Call 07723 081 832 for the beat in advance, and on the night, the band will play it live! Whoever brings their HEAT on the BEAT will be offered a guaranteed spot at a future Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! show – don’t be shy, get in touch!

So, put the date in your diary, and come along and enjoy a meal from the delicious Caribbean menu, whilst you soak up the atmosphere of the live, vibrant and sultry entertainment. For your dining pleasure, there are 2 and 3 course options, with special deals for the show. Alternatively, sip on a cocktail from the extensive selection spanning some 150 different rums – we’re sure you’ll find something to suit your taste.

For dinner reservations, please contact
Cottons, in advance, on: 020 7833 3332/ A two or three course meal will guarantee your entrance fee to the Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! show is frozen at the mere price of £8.

Doors open at 8pm
Show commences at 9:30pm sharp, with an after party until 2:30am

Advance tickets available at
£10 each, online:

Tickets available on the door at £10 each, before 11pm // £12 after

Tickets available with your meal, if booked in advance, at the discounted fee of £8

Rhum Jungle
Cotton's Caribbean Restaurant
70, Exmouth Market
London EC1R 4QP

Nearest Tubes
Angel (Northern Line) / Farringdon (Hammersmith & City or Circle Line)

Featured Artists – June 2010

Tshaka Campbell
Dubbed, on the Performance Poetry circuit, as the ‘King of Spoken Word’,
Tshaka Campbell is described as a modern day Griot with a generous sprinkling of edutainting lyricism who paints pictures so vivid; you’d swear you can taste them. |

Vocalist and Songwriter, Natz and Guitarist composer, Tsuyoshi, make up this soulful, eclectic duo who site some of their influences as Lenny Kravitz, Chaka Khan, Parliament, and Peter Tosh. The pair are passionate about ‘real’ music and together have wowed audiences across the globe, as well as at home in London, where BBC Radio called them “Briatain’s best kept secret!” |

Enrico Delves
Enrico Delves, the extremely talented, yet modest UK Singer/Songwriter has performed alongside international artists across the globe, as well as for Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Winner of Best Unsigned Artist at the 2008 MOBO’s, Delves is fast becoming a major force in the music world and is currently promoting his new EP.

Current resident artist at
Soul-D-Out (UK) Live, Singer/Songwriter J’Nay, from West London, won MOBO Unsung Artist of the Year in 2003. A regular performer on the live circuit, J’Nay has toured with Jamelia as well as written songs for many international artists. Currently working on Project X Why, he continues to inspire and enjoy the his musical journey. |

Presenter of the weekly,
Soul-D-Out (UK) Live Radio Show on Bang Radio 103.6 fm (, D’Nyce, is resident Host of Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! With a deep rooted history in music, D’Nyce has a passion for showcasing live, uncut, raw soul music from independent, home-grown talent, as well as international artists, which is complimented by her extensive experience behind the decks as well as in front of the mic. |

Join D'Nyce with the Soul-D-Out Radio Show - Every Thursday @ 19:00 - 21:00 BST

Soul-D-Out (UK) Live!
So much more than acoustic, a little less than a full band - the place where the soulful reside.

For further information, please contact: | +44 (0)7723 081 832

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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! is ONiT!

For immediate release

Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! is ONiT!

ONiT! PR is pleased to announce their new and exciting relationship with Soul-D-Out (UK) Live!, the monthly, live music event promoting independent UK soul artists.

ONiT! PR and Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! are looking forward to concentrating on their joint aim of providing a platform for the very best UK independent Soul, as well as Lyrical and Spoken Word artists, whilst creating new opportunities for emerging talent from across the country.

Since its inception in 2008, host D’Nyce has welcomed a variety of exceptional UK soul artists, including MOBO winner Yolanda Brown, Elizabeth Troy and Indigo Brown, to the Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! stage, as well as a host of artists from the U, helping to cement Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! as the premier London event for attracting and showcasing new and established artists alike.

I still have the love and drive I had back then to promote quality artists in an intimate venue to appreciative soulful audiences. We look forward to what the rest of 2010 has in store for us.” says D’Nyce of Rampage sound system and Presenter of the weekly Soul-D-Out (UK) radio show, on Bang Radio 103.6 fm/

ONiT! PR, active promoters of the UK live performance scene, seek to build on their newly established, ever growing position within the UK arena, paying particular attention to the promotional and marketing aspect of Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! enabling D’Nyce to focus more on artist liaison and diversification, with the combined goal of raising the bar for Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! even higher.


Notes to editor

• Soul-D-Out (UK) Live is a live entertainment event that takes place at 8pm on the first Friday of each month, at Cotton’s Restaurant, Rhum Jungle Bar, 71 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QP (

• Entrance to Soul-D-Out (UK) Live is £10 before 10pm £12 thereafter (Concessions available if dining – 2 or 3 course meal)

• Artists interested in performing should contact ONiT! PR in the first instance, via email:

• D’Nyce of Rampage sound system and Bang Radio 103.6 fm hosts the Soul-D-Out (UK) radio show every Thursday from 19:00 – 21:00 GMT on Bang Radio 103.6fm /

• More information can be found on Soul-D-Out (UK) Live! by visiting:
Facebook Fan Page | Myspace: or Website:

• ONiT! PR is a Public Relations, Events, Marketing and Management Company specialising in providing services to, as well as supporting and representing, the Performance Art, Live Music and Spoken Word/Poetry scene.

• ONiT! PR can be contacted as follows:

Telephone: +44(0)7790 443 834 / +44 (0)7958 327 811
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Wednesday, 5 May 2010



Name: Ross TAKER (Talented Artist Killing Every Rhyme) Concept: Always taking something negative, but making it something positive.
Birthplace: Walthamstow, East London
Lives: East London
Type of Artist: New Age Poet
Accomplishments: Rum Punch 'Punch' Champion - April 2010


ONiT! caught up with Ross TAKER, previous Rum Punch 'Punch' Champion - April 2010 in the run up to the next Rum Punch event, this Thursday...

How long have you been writing and performing for?
Writing for 2 years, performing for six months.

Is Poetry your full time occupation, or do you do other stuff simultaneously?
I do my poetry part-time, in addition to studying at university. I’m at uni in Brighton, but am currently working on placement in London.

How often do youmanage to do shows?
Around 3 times a month; places like The Sunday Show, who have asked me to come back a few times. The audience can be quite difficult there, but it’s rewarding when you get them on your side and they appreciate what I have to say, the material, which is nice. I always seem to get other bookings from performing, which is great.

Can you tell us how you got involved in performing Poetry?
My Dad brought me Tupacs Book ‘The Rose that grew from Concrete’ and it inspired me to write.

When I was 18, I went to a talent show and I performed unexpectedly, which really surprised everyone. From that first experience, I decided to pursue the writing and performing journey. I’ve done a lot of writing since and have been working hard on my stage presence, as I’m quite a shy guy, I think it’s important to hone that part of my performance.

I performed at some Morgan Stanley culture events and will be performing at some forthcoming ACS Kings & Queens showcase events with various universities.

Can you tell us what inspires you to write and perform?
The fact that people can learn from and relate to what I have to say. Also, bringing awareness to people, really. When you read about knife crime, it often sounds like the people affected are involved in gangs and crime, but it’s not always like that, so I want to bring that awareness. I feel like I’m representing the youth of today with my poetry.

Who would you cite as your influences?
Tupac, Nas, Common, Talib Kweli and Pats Justice from Def Jam Poetry. I think you learn from everything really. I learn from various places – everyone brings something different and there’s always a chance to take from that.

How would you describe your style as a Performance Artist?
I feel that I draw the crowd with my material, it’s diverse; I may have a piece that makes you think, one that makes you smile, or do something differently, it’s that kind of work that makes me, me.

Complete this sentence:
Poetry is...A way to describe your personal feelings and experiences to others.

What can an audience expect when they hear you perform?
To be amazed! I will have them hooked on my every word, and once I’ve finished, hopefully, they should leave thinking about the way they are living and possibly have the courage to change the way they are living for the better.

What would you say are your greatest challenges as a writer and performer?
The fact that, not as much attention is given to poetry as other performance art forms, i.e. singers, rappers, dancers, etc. The only way to rise above that, is to keep pushing yourself higher. That’s what I like about Rum Punch, the variety of artists – they’re all there supporting one another.

Can you tell us how you got involved with competing in the Rum Punch ‘Punch Competition’?
A poet called Mr T, who is kind of like my Mentor, he told me about it and Poet, Tana Forté (previous Rum Punch ‘Punch Champion’) encouraged me too. She really pushed me to enter - they both gave me the confidence to go for it.

What was the experience like – in terms of actually competing for the first time?
Being a part of Rum Punch, seeing and hearing the other styles of performers, was amazing. Plus the crowd presence - the audience were really supportive.

Other places that I’ve performed, if the crowd don’t like you, what you’re about, they don’t support you. Being a part of Rum Punch made me realise that there is so much talent out there that needs tapping into. Hopefully, shows like Rum Punch will help push the art out there.

How did it feel to win?
I couldn’t stop smiling! I wanted to act like it was nothing, but it was a very proud moment. Especially as I felt that the competition was strong, so to actually win meant a lot.

What advice would you give to another artist thinking about taking part in the Rum Punch ‘Punch Competition’?
Just believe in yourself, in what you’re saying and you’ll do well. All of my work is based on personal experiences, stuff that you go through and hear other people going trough.

Ultimately, what would you like to achieve with your Poetry?
I want to raise the profile of poetry amongst young people. In my current circles, the main known names in Poetry are James Massiah and Suli Breaks, which is great, but there is even more talent out there. I don’t get why poetry seems to be so hidden, there is so much talent to explore.

What other performances/projects do you have coming up?
I'm looking to put some video’s out. I’d like to do serious videos – bringing some of my pieces to life, making them visiable. The ultimate goal is to publish a book, but for now, I’d like to do the video’s to raise the profile of my work and of poetry in general.

When I started telling my friends that I was doing poetry, they looked at me like I was mad, but now they’re supportive and they understand why I’m trying to do what I’m doing. People wanted me to sway more towards Rap, but that’s not me, I’m not trying to be like everyone else. I needed to find my own way through Poetry.

The next Rum Punch show, featuring the 'Punch' Competition, takes place tomorrow, Thursday 6 May 2010, at Rudys Revenge, 168 High Holborn, London WC1V 7AA (Holborn/Covent Garden/Tottenham Court Road Tube) Entrance: £5 or £4 for students with valid I.D

Win a pair of tickets for Rum Punch - May 2010 by answering this question:

Name the two artists who encouraged Ross TAKER to enter the Rum Punch 'Punch' Competition.

Send your answer, by 3pm on Thursday 6 May, via email to: the first correct answer will receive complimentary entry for 2 (via the guestlist).

Further info: