"Queen Sheba is a dynamic performer…." Nikki Giovanni
"Anyone who complains that spoken-word poetry is boring and predictable hasn't heard Queen Sheba's Domino Affect …" –Creative Loafing 2007
"Bethsheba A. Rem's life is a wonderful example of how extreme adversity can produce compelling art. Her story reads like a gripping novel, complete with abandonment, betrayal and ultimately, triumph." – Rolling Out Magazine 2007
Her works were recently nominated for the NAACP Image Award as a part
of the Check The Rhyme anthology from Lit Noire Publishing in Nyc and
2006's Just Plain Folk's Spoken Word Album of the Year. From Ghana to
Compton, Queen Sheba has taught and performed 8 countries and 3
continents, including appearances in Cuba, PanaFest in Ghana, West
Africa, Winner of the 4 Nations International Team Slam
Champion-Oxford England, performing for the troops on the US Airforce
base in K-Town Germany and a teaching residency at the University of
Sheba's national and international radio and television appearances
include but are not limited to, her unduplicated performances on the
Classic-106&Park w/AJ and Free, The Apollo, BBC in London-England,
VH1, Robert Townsend's The Black Family Channel, and NBC's Fly Poet
showcase. In addition, Sheba has an instrumental role in Spit; A major
motion picture about the different paths of Spoken Word.
While Domino Affect, Sheba's highly anticipated 5th album, whispers
promises from surprise, unexpected multi-platinum recording artists
and other artists Too Good for Mainstream, is set to be released this
August, any one of her 4 albums can be heard by millions on any mass
media outlet, including, iTunes, Sunday Night Talks with Chuck D, XM
Radio, from the Morning show with the Supreme Team on Clear Channel,
your local Hip-Hop and alternative stations to classic jazz and world
wide internet radio.
Without a place for Spoken Word artists to call home, the Queen did
want most geniuses do, invent a way. Her ambition earned her the
tenured CEO position of Oya Xclusive International a record label for
poets; bosting 6 albums, a 7-year event planning and consulting
company, organizer and co-founder of Akoben: Words-In-Action
International Music and Poetry Festival. Rewarded for thier
committment to the community, Akoben has been ranked as one of the top
10 world fusion festivals to visit. Top honors include New Orleans
Mayor Ray Nagen as he declared every 2nd weekend in October,
officially: Akoben Weekend.
Notably one of the hardest working and more business savvy artists
Below the Radar, Queen Sheba partnered with multifaced event planners
and introduced the Twisted Tongue Poetry and Concert series to Atlanta
late 2006 with all sold out shows to boot. This premiere adult event
has artists and eager audience members buying tickets and booking
flights from across the country months in advance.
Major companies recognize Sheba's impressive and strategic
relationships with community and business leaders and continously
charge her with agressive, multi-layered projects: She is currently
the Spoken Word Expert for the Red Bull N. America, and has held
political positions with the Fair Trade Commission and the National
Organization for Women.
Sheba's literary training has landed her a feature in Rolling Out
Atlanta, this April, and she previously won the VA Individual Artist
Fellowship Award, has been published in Essence, Vibe, The Syracuse
University Anthology "Home girls make some noise", The Southern Griot
University of South Florida, Skipping Stones Anthology of Hampton
Roads Poets 3-years running a plethora of online interviews, websites
and journals. It wouldn't surprise us if yo mama memorized one of
Queen Sheba's poems by cyber-staulking her myspace page and
downloading the lyrics as a screensaver.
Yes, Queen Sheba has befriended and performed with numerous
multi-platinum recording artists, however, we have a strong feeling
her name is not in their bios either.
One of the most dynamic artists in industry Queen Sheba does,
consistantly, what the average person pines over; Deliver.