SATURDAY 15 JULY, 1pm – 8pm, FREE
DE LA SOUL
Massively influential jazz hip hop artists De La Soul headline this year’s World Party. Known for eclectic sampling and quirky, surreal lyrics and low-key clever rhymes, their unique style made their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising one of the most successful of its genre in 1989. The trio continue to work with a host of contemporary producers and MC’s and last year won a Grammy for their vocal collaboration with the Gorillaz on Feel Good Inc.
OJOS DE BRUJO
This Catalan flamenco collective brings the vibrancy and rumble of the Barcelonan streets to Croydon with their explosive live performance and crossover beats that fuse flamenco, tango, reggae and hip-hop. They’ve picked up a BBC Radio 3 Award in the World Music category, appeared on Later with Jools Holland, performed at Glastonbury and Womad, sold out their most recent gig at the Barbican during La Linea festival.
DELE SOSIMI AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA
In the hands of Dele Sosimi, AFROBEAT – the fusion of heavy African rhythms with the deepest funk grooves and jazz style musicianship – undergoes a thorough re-working and updating for the 21st century. He started out as a musical director/member in Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti’s Positive Force. Then Dele formed his own band, a group which reflects London’s multicultural environment with a strong influence of jazz, shades of deep funk and Latin music-all underpinned by the heavy grooves of Afrobeat and Dele’s vocals.
This funk fuelled, local party band open this year’s main stage with their fresh mix of jazz tinged with rock, ska, soul and reggae.
+ Main Stage DJ – GERRY LYSEIGHT
DJ, radio presenter, album compiler & founder of Deep South records, Gerry has appeared at Glastonbury, V and T In The Park Festivals, Reading, The Big Chill, Notting Hill Carnival & Womad & storms Lloyd Park with his electic tunes.
ALMOST ACOUSTIC STAGE
Daby Balde is one of Senegal’s best-kept musical secrets, long celebrated at home and now exploding on to the international scene. His stunning arrangements are based on his Fula traditions from the south of the country and feature the fiddle, accordion and flute alongside the more familiar West African sounds of the kora, acoustic guitar and percussion. With strikingly rich and beautiful melodies, captivating vocals and a repertoire that ranges from euphoric to melancholic, Daby Balde is a West African star on the rise.
CHI2 are Chinese born violinsts/composers Sarah and Liz Liew. Their sound is a cross pollination of their chinese roots and own individual music sensibility. Described as ‘double violin assault specialists’ they fuse electronic beats and effects with melodies and improvisations on electric and Chinese violins and keyboards, layered with angelic vocals. Chi2 has also toured/recorded with Moby, Lamb, Boy George, KLF/Orb, pop sensation Anastacia & Barry Adamson amongst others.
JOSHUA C EDWARDS
Winner of this year’s Testing 123 unsigned band contest, Joshua has a soulful voice and engaging stage presence and arrives fresh supporting Nuru Kane on a recent UK tour.
ALMOST DANCE STAGE
Since winning the unsigned band contest at Glastonbury last year, the Bellagios have been causing a riot, ripping up dance floors around the UK and beyond. Their music reflects a diverse background that effortlessly fuses reggae with funk, underscoring hip-hop lyrics with Latin rhythms. They’ve been described as “The Beastie Boys meets The Fugees meets Manu Chao…” and are as happy rapping in French & Portuguese as in English.
Featuring the highly charismatic Romanian singer Dana, Mukka swoops from deepest Transylvanian melancholy to wild Balkan instrumentals, with a dancy mix of gypsy, Klezmer and jazzy Middle Eastern overtones.
Laxula fuse Latin, flamenco, Arabic, Indian, Yiddish folk, indie and rock music. The arrangements of guitar, percussion, cajon and accordion along side the stunning vocals of vibrant singer Monte, creates an exciting fiesta of sound.
DJs – Spindrift & Nelson Dilation from – Le Vagabond Boogaloo Club
CROYDON MELA 2006
Sunday 16 July, 1pm – 8pm, FREE
MC’s – Sunny Kapoor & Ava Ray from KISMAT RADIO
Award winning Malkit Singh is officially the most travelled Punjabi music artist in the world! He has played in over 27 countries at some of the world’s most acclaimed venues & festivals and he arrives in Croydon to headline this year’s Mela. Donned the king of Bhangra, his unique sound has seen him cross from Punjabi folk to experimental house, rap and Hindi film scores.
RISHI RICH PROJECT
One of the most in demand music producers of the last year, RR has worked with Britney Spears, Mary J Blige, Craig David, Ricky Martin & Mis -Teeq. Rishi, who hosts his own show on Kiss FM, is joined on stage by prolific R’n’B sensation/rapper Jay Sean and guests for an explosive live performance promoting Rishi’s new album The Project released on July 10.
JAIPUR KAWA BRASS BAND
The director of the acclaimed outfit Musafir brings us a musical treat with this charismatic live act, headed up by Hameed Khan Kawa and featuring eight top Rajasthani musicians, a fakir and a gypsy dancer. The music veers from traditional Indian wedding music to popular Bollywood songs.
ARCC CLASSICAL STAGE
The Asian Resource Centre once again plays host to classical musicians weaving their magic in the haven of a beautiful Indian wedding tent. Come and join ARRC in celebrating Asia’s classical music heritage with live performances from;
Unnati literally means “prosperity” – an apt description of her music career to date. Fusing traditional Indian Classical, Hindi, English and Bengali lyrics with a contemporary, individual approach, she captivates and entices listeners. In 2002, Unnati released her debut sell out album “Vishwa – The Universe of Music”. Most recently, Unnati has performed at the Mayor’s Thames Festival and Wembley Conference Centre.
Saberi learned kathak dance at around 2yrs old and belongs to a musical family of 5 generations of Jaipur Gharana. Saberi’s first performance was at the age of 4 in Calcutta. Since then she has given many performances in UK and India. Saberi performs with support of her father, famous tabla player Raj Kumar Misra and her mother Chandrima Misra, the eminent vocalist.
Trained under Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, Soumik performed his first concert with his Guru at the age of 15. Toured by the Asian Music Circuit, UK as a young musician, he has performed solo nationwide.
THE BOLLYHOOD STAGE
Radio one DJ’s Bobby & Nihal bring the best in current UK beats to the Bollyhood stage with Croydon promoters Class Act bringing local talent. MC’s battle it out in front of the crowd and the audience help choose the best of the fest!
Live performance from:
Anu, Anita & Mandeep are the Asian r&b powerhouse who sing like En Vogue & move like Destiny’s Child and are set to feature on Rishi Rich’s forthcoming album!
C22 encompass the amazing Deadly Hunta. Having remixed ODB for the Blade 3 soundtrack and supplied music for the forthcoming FilmFour movie ‘Mischief Night’, this is your chance to see Catch 22 do what they do best – tear up a stage!
Sri Lanka’s finest tamil MC is getting ready to bring Tamil hip hop out of the shadows with an album due on Universal India.
Watch out for the vibrant dance shows and musical performances provided by a range of local talent. Plus a colourful parade will weave its way across the site following the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band as they make their way to the main stage for a dazzling performance.
On both days, there will be an array of fine outdoor theatre from top quality performance groups such as Bureau of Silly Ideas, Horse and Bamboo Theatre, Mora Brothers, Close Act and others…full details available on request.