African Caribbean Family Festival
Saturday 14 July, 1-8pm
Soul II Soul Sound SystemSoul II Soul Sound System
“A happy face a thumping bass for a loving race!”
Ladies and gentlemen, the Funki Dreds are in the park, get ready to party... Join Jazzie B and the Soul II Soul Sound System to hear their innovative and soulful vibes including the heady Back to Life and Keep on Movin’. With the sale of seven million albums and two Grammies under their belts, celebrate with Jazzie B and the crew listening to music spanning 20 great years.
The DualersThe Dualers
The Dualers’ blend of ska, soul and reggae have seen them literally come up from the streets to national stardom. With a reputation built on busking around Croydon, brothers Tyber and Simon and their six piece band, cracked the charts with Kiss on the Lips and Truly Madly Deeply. Their energy-packed set has sold out gigs at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls.
GMWC Gospel Choir
This year the main stage will open with an explosion of sound from Croydon’s 32 strong GMWC Gospel Choir. Directed by Gospel veterans Marie and Clifton Reid the Gospel Music Workshop Choir will have you singing along to their soaring harmonies.
DJ/MC Rita RayDJ/MC Rita Ray
Hosting the main stage is all round talent, Rita Ray. Rita is a Club DJ, presenter (including Radio 3 and WOMAD), record producer and arranger. This year she presented The Musical Legacy of Slavery for the BBC World Service and is a regular contributor to the station. Much in demand for her CD compilations, Rita will deliver a set that will reflect her vast knowledge of great sounds.
Nuru Kane & Bayefall GnawaNuru Kane & Bayefall Gnawa
Senegalese singer Nuru Kane and his band Bayefall Gnawa have been exciting audiences all over Europe with their electro-acoustic roots music from Africa. Nominated for this year’s Radio 3 World Music Awards, Nuru has made audiences laugh, sing, cry and dance with songs from desert blues to high-tempo African beats that appear on his debut album, SIGIL.
“Evocative of a kind of pan-Saharan Velvet Underground”
The Daily Telegraph
International soca artist Storm arrives in Croydon from Canada where they can’t get enough of his Caribbean soca fused with rock, bhangra, R&B and Turkish music. Promoting his new album One More, Storm will rip it up with his female backing singers/dancers and an international sound that will leave you breathless from dancing.
Four KornerzFour Kornerz
Having swept the floor at this year’s Testing 123, The Search for Croydon’s Hottest Unsigned Musical Talent, Nigerian brothers, Four Kornerz, appear on the Sunshine Stage on the brink of a fantastic music career. Mixing hip-hop, funk, soul and rock, their band will have you up and dancing with their sheer talent and energy. Black Eyed Peas meet OutKast - this is a band to watch.
Tony Charles Steel Band
Tony and his steel drum players will start the party on the Sunshine Stage by transporting you to the Caribbean with their sounds. Player and Band Leader Tony has played at most of London’s top spots as well as opening Lords, entertaining The Queen at Buckingham Palace and performing for Elton John.
DJ/MC DJ NimzDJ/MC DJ Nimz
Hosting the Sunshine Stage is UK based Sierra Leonean DJ Nimz, one of the hottest turntablists in town. She also hosts Eclectic Sessions, a weekly radio show on African Internet Radio. DJ Nimz’s funky Afro-Global mix has filled some of London’s hippest dance floors. Be prepared for her original mix of beautiful African and Caribbean music.