Flying in from his native Canada specially for the London Mela, award-winning singer songwriter Raghav headlines Saturday’s stage. He will be performing his most popular hits, some of which have been streamed more than 10 million times across the globe.
18:45 Bobby Friction
Bobby Friction has made a career out of representing British Asian sound; on the turntables, as a recording artist and on-air. The West Londoner's career began as a DJ with a residency at the legendary Swaraj @ The Blue Note, and later at Birmingham's Shaanti club. There are now few countries that haven't heard him DJ.
17:30 Kuljit Bhamra presents Sounds of Smethwick
Legendary composer and instrumentalist Kuljit Bhamra MBE returns to the London Mela following the success of last year’s Sounds of Southall. This year’s collaboration, Sounds of Smethwick, brings together another group of pioneering bhangra artists, this time from the West Midlands.
Vocalist Shin formed pioneering bhangra band DCS in Smethwick in 1983. Their music was first to use the modern creative sounds of the synthesizers causing a wave of other bands to change their own processes. Shin has received many accolades for this vocal ability and prowess as a Punjabi singer and we’re excited to see him perform at the London Mela.
KULWANT BHAMBRA & SARDARA GILL (APNA SANGEET)
One of the earliest bhangra bands in England, Apna Sangeet create modern dance music that incorporates elements of Hindi, ghazal, geet and kala music.
SILINDER PARDESI (THE PARDESI MUSIC MACHINE)
Lead singer of British bhangra band The Pardesi Music Machine, Silinder Pardesi has released some 20 albums over the last 30 years. One of which, Pump Up the Bhangra, became one of the biggest selling bhangra albums of all time.
BALBIR BHUJHANGY (BHUJHANGY)
One half of the world’s longest running bhangra band, Balbir Bhujhangy’s music is a mixture of western styles with traditional Punjabi music. Balbir appears in the Guiness Book of World Records as being the pioneer of bhangra music in the UK.
16:45 DJ Ritu
House DJ & DJ Set
Award-winning disc-jockey & trailblazing broadcaster, DJ Ritu, is a key pioneer of British Asian music. She began playing Bhangra in the 1980’s at legendary venues across London, like Bombay Jungle, and kick-started her international career on the decks in countries like Canada, Germany, and Sweden. She presented weekly shows across the BBC Radio network for over two decades, co-founded cult Asian Underground label Outcaste Records, and toured in over 35 countries as the band-leader of Sister India. Currently Ritu manages London’s original and leading Bollywood club event, Kuch Kuch Nights, and is the producer of the SOAS Concert Series at the University of London
16:25 Sonna Rele
UK garage/R&B artist, singer and multi-instrumentalist Sonna Rele is a Londoner and releases new music on her YouTube channel every Monday. She also performed the song “Strong” on the live action Disney movie Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
15:55 Native Sounds Showcase
Harris Hameed is a 21 year old independent singer/songwriter from Leeds, living in London. He has collaborated with several different UK producers including PKC The First, Kalaux and Wntr to create R&B and soul music with an urban feel.
15:35 Native Sounds Showcase
Inderpaul Sandhu, the unpredictable song writer, vocalist, rapper and fashion designer from East London. Creatively on the edge of parable-tic lyrics, from charming rap flows to smooth soulful rock. From his break-through international award-winning rap single “Money Ain’t A Thing” to his sophomore soulful project “Bloom, from which DJ Sharad picked up the monster single “Compromise” for the Pharrell Williams & Adidas Holi mixtape. BBC playlisted three times with each of his major releases. Bobby Friction describes his songs as “emotionally intelligent” and “ear-wormy”. Inder Paul’s instagram fans are anticipating his next carnation in the rumored title “The Colindale Tape”. Catch his insta-story and you will notice a new sound, his incredible band, packed out shows and exclusive studio sessions. At this year's Mela’s main stage expect InderPaul and his band to perform his popular releases and exclusives from his upcoming project.
15:15 Native Sounds Showcase
Vibs is an upcoming young Brit Indian artist, born and raised in Birmingham. Her love for creative arts began at a young age, learning Indian classical music. She progressed onto guitar, giving her insight into the fusion scene.
An explosive performance on his home soil, Amit has effortlessly connected his Southall upbringing with his Punjabi roots to create sounds of urban bhangra.
Amit has passionately committed a decade of his life, working towards his career in music. He has travelled between London and Delhi to get vocal training in Indian Classical music from Ustar Rajinder Singh ji, an internationally renowned professor of music.
Amit has used his traditional vocal training as the building block for his signing career.
Singer Manuka fuses the sounds of her Eastern culture with Western influences, bring her own twist to modern pop classics. Her styles include pop, RnB, Folk, Punjabi, Bhangra and Bollywood.
13:40 Dance with Jay Kumar
Jay Kumar is a renowned Bollywood dance choreographer and entertainer with over 16 years experience at Bollywood dance entertainment at events across the UK and worldwide
13:30 Fidpal with Munde Punjab De
Social media sensations Fidpal and Munde Punjab De join forces to bring you a bhangra dance and dhol music sensation the should not be missed!
13:00 Naumati Baja
1st Naumati Baja Gulmi UK’s musical-cultural heritage can be traced to the original naumati baja, played in Nepal since time immemorial. Naumati Baja (literally meaning “nine musical instruments") is a group of nine traditional musical instruments played in Nepal and the Himalayan regions of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Assam. Naumati Baja has its own unique standing in the cultural heritage of Nepal. It is played at special and auspicious occasions, such as marriage ceremonies, victory marches of kings and births of princes. Every occasion has its own music, for example the valour of victories which are played to the hearts of enemies. The music here is an attempt to create the same kind of mystical ambience of the majestic Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.