Emerging and unsigned talent will join established artists on the Urban Music Stage at the Mayor's Rise festival in Burgess Park, south London, on Saturday 16 July. From noon until 8pm, the Urban Music Stage will host a wide range of singers, DJs, MCs and dancers, reflecting the breadth of UK urban music.
The stage – one of eight at the Rise festival – is being programmed by magazines Invincible and Undercover, new music promoters Triple Vision and 1Xtra DJ Cameo, as well as SABA and Bigga Fish, which help nurture young emerging talent.
Triple Vision will present the Overground Showcase, bringing together ten British acts, including MOBO winner Shola Ama, entertaining dancehall artist Tug-A-War and Suncycle's Gappy Ranks, the reggae MC who has played with Jools Holland and whose new single is just out. The line up will also feature MC Wan-Cee, Paul Japlin, who has been compared to Seal, and Trevor Nelson lauded Baby Blu. There will be contemporary reggae from Rasites, as well hip-hop and R&B from Bl4ze and the Choong Family.
Invincible magazine will bring together Essentials featuring DJ Bossman; Urban Music Award winner Lee Henry; Zena (formerly with Mis-Teeq); Bruza ('Get Me'); Akala (Ms Dynamite's brother); and Edro featuring Invincible Radio DJs. The Invincible segment will be hosted by editor Prince Diamond and DJ Deezel. Other guests will include Normski and it will be filmed for Invincible TV.
Music and lifestyle magazine Undercover will feature Seanie T; Pesci; Skeme & Big P; Extremist; Karl Hinds; Wolfman; Jeff 3; Ragga Twins; and Conspicuous.
1Xtra DJ Cameo will present Hot Off the Block featuring J2K; Crazy Titch; Lethal B; Trim & Scratchy; and N Double A.
SABA, the national arts charity, which aims to promote and develop unsigned UK based artists will present the UK Unsigned Reggae Finals, plus other new performers in two sets hosted by the English Kid.
Completing the Urban Music Stage line up will be Biggafish, the not for profit organisation dedicated to the education of 13-21 year olds through music and its related industries, will bring together D Double E; Pase; Sitara; and the Bigga Fish Dancers.
PROGRAMME INFORMATION: www.Risefestival.org
Notes to Editors
Rise will take place in Burgess Park, south London, on Saturday 16 July. A free event with live music and other attractions, it is the fifth year that the Mayor has supported what has become the largest festival of its kind in Europe, in conjunction with the National Assembly Against Racism and TUC South East Region (SERTUC). In its previous incarnation as respect, Rise has become Europe's largest free anti-racist music festival, attracting an average of 85,000 people each year since 2001.
The main stage will include Lemar, Raghav, the Mitchell Brothers, Kano, Eska, Terri Walker and Horace Andy.
The other areas include the Mela Stage (traditional and contemporary Asian performance); the Crescent Stage (music and dance representing 21st century Arab nations, from Istanbul to Tangiers); the DJ Bus (drum and bass, hip-hop and dub); the Big Cuba Fiesta area; the Africa 2005 music stage and village; the Comedy Marquee; the Family Area; food and community stalls.
The Rise festival is the highlight of Rise Week (10-17 July), a programme of cultural, sporting and social events that take place across the capital to celebrate London’s diversity. This includes the poetry slam, the Capture London's Diversity photography competition 2005, art exhibitions, sporting events. More information will be released over the next few weeks
Rise is supported by the Canary Wharf Group plc, Unison and media partner ITV London. For sponsorship opportunities contact Scott McDonald: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capture London's Diversity is organised by the Mayor of London, in association with Dixons and Fujifilm. Media partner for the photography competition is South London Press.
Rise Week is a programme of cultural, sporting and social events also celebrating London's diversity that take place across the capital from 10-17 July 2004.
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