The Asian music night takes place on Saturday September 1 from 6.30pm to 11pm at Central Park, East Ham in East London and is part of a four-day extravaganza.
Top artistes include Stereo Nation with singing sensation Taz. Stereo Nation stormed the Asian charts with their debut album Hit the Deck. The success of their further albums Spirits of Rhythm, New Dawn and Slave II Fusion have made them one of the nation’s biggest Asian Fusion acts.
Jazzy B, will also be hitting the stage and will get get the crowd jumping. The Crown Prince of Bhangra is best known for his popular hits such as Ghugian da jorra, Londono patola, Naag, Tera roop, Soorma and Dil luteya. Jazzy B’s popularity and success in Bhangra can be attributed to his unique style as he experiments with a variety of musical ranges and vocals.
Also performing will be Rishi Rich Showcase featuring Hdhami and Mumzy. Rishi Rich is a pioneering producer famous for his mix of bhangra, Bollywood and urban beats. He has produced albums on the British-Asian music scene and has also made a mark on the mainstream charts, producing and remixing hits for Madonna, Britney Spears, Mary J Blige and Craig David. He formed the Rishi Rich Project, a collective aimed at showcasing new artists.
Dance sensation and choreographer to the stars Honey Kalaria and performers from the Honey Dance Academy will captivate the audience with their sensational moves. Honey was one of the judges on Channel 4’s Bollywood Star and was the Bollywood guru on ITV’s For One Night Only.
Also appearing will be fresh and upcoming talents Avina, and Imran Khan who are already causing a stir in the music scene.
Guest hosts will be BBC Asian Network presenters Sonia Deol, Adil Ray and DJ Kayper.
Under the Stars caters for all music tastes. As well as the popular Asian music night, there will be swing and soul artistes and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing at Central Park from Thursday August 30 to Sunday September 2.
Other acts include soul performers Mica Paris, Omar, Soul II Soul with Jazzie B; the sounds of the 1940s by The New Squadronaires Orchestra with lindy hopping dance sensations Simon Selmon and Taina Kortelainen; country and western sounds by Sidewinder and Jacksonville.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the finale followed by a magnificent fireworks display. This year, the classical musicians will join forces with Newham Music Trust and Urban Development, a Stratford-based organisation that cultivates new urban music talent, to bring together some of the borough’s most talented young musicians to create a unique and exciting fusion of urban and classical music.
An afternoon of fun for young children will be provided by Stratford-based Discover, a unique and magical space where children aged up to eight can create stories through play and having fun.
More than 40,000 people flocked to last year’s event, which has become a popular fixture in the Newham calendar.
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “I’m really excited by the line-up and I’m sure lots of people will be too.
“I hope as many people come along to all four nights of entertainment. I’m sure that you’ll be hard pushed to find such fantastic music anywhere else, absolutely free!”
A spokesperson for the BBC Asian Network said: “BBC Asian Network is proud to be part of such an important music event for the second year running. We’ll be building on last year’s success with Adil Ray, Sonia Deol and DJ Kayper plugging the Asian Network sound right into the heart of East London.”
Producer of the Asian music night, Ash Kavia, said: “This promises to be a fantastic night of entertainment for the whole family with the very best in music, dance and performances.
“Each year the concert has developed a fantastic profile and I believe that all the hard work and efforts will deliver a super concert once again.”
Claire Lewis from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra said: “We are really excited about this project. The opportunity to collaborate with Urban Development and Newham Music Trust allows us to create something really special and will give us the chance to celebrate the musical and cultural diversity that typifies the borough of Newham.”
Under the Stars kick starts a month of music, dance and film in September, showcasing the brightest talent in the borough. Look out for further details out soon.