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Coventry 2021 and London Mela take over the Rhythm Stage at Coventry’s Godiva Festival – Sunday 7 July

#DestinationDesi at Godiva Festival

In the build-up to our year in the spotlight, we’ve joined forces with the team behind the London Mela to bring Coventry some of the best Desi music from across the country. We hope you enjoy our takeover in the Rhythm Tent on Sunday, remember to use the hashtag #ThisisCoventry to share your experience of the day with us!

A celebration of the spectrum of music created, inspired or influenced by British Asian communities. From Bollywood to Bhangra, from Qawwali to Reggae and from Grime and Hip Hop to Folk-Electronica.

What does Desi mean?
In the UK, Desi communities are British Asian communities whose heritage hails from Indian sub-continent. Desi is a term that belongs to all of those communities, no matter if they are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or Nepal or from the global diaspora. The UK Desi scene has created a unique fusion culture of art, fashion, food and above all music, which we celebrate in all its glorious diversity in the Rhythm Tent line up on Sunday.

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Destination Desi: Godiva Festival – Rhythm Tent

Sunday 7 July 12-7pm

Afro Celt Sound System

Award-winning headliners Afro Celt Sound System, who harmoniously combine folk traditions from Europe and Africa via Asia and beyond with an irrepressible energy, will bring Destination Desi to a glorious finale with their captivating live performance, for which they have won extensive plaudits, including the accolade for Best Group at the 2017 Songlines Music Award.


Steel Banglez

Steel Banglez’s discography reads like a who’s who of the breaking British music scene. At the forefront are his ground-breaking productions for Birmingham rapper Mist, with ‘Karla’s Back’, ‘Ain’t The Same’, ‘Hot Property’ and ‘Madness’ just some of the tracks that have amassed millions of streams in no time at all. And yet the East London producer is no overnight sensation. Paying his dues over the course of almost a decade, Steel Banglez’s Midas touch can be heard everywhere, notably on tracks from Giggs, Ghetts, Wiley, Krept & Konan, Yungen and MoStack as well as his remix of Rudimental’s ‘Sun Comes Up’. Without doubt, Steel Banglez is a bona fide super-producer.


The Great British Desi Collaboration featuring F1rstman, Raxstar, Juggy D, Mumzy Stranger and H-Dhami

The Great British Desi Collaboration brings together a lineup of incredible Desi acts whos styles and influences range from H-Dhami, a hugely popular British Bhangra act, to rapper and MC, Raxstar, who draws influences from Bollywood through to R&B.Veteran urban desi originator, Juggy D, picked up best act at the 2006 UK Asian Music Awards and has appeared on crossover singles with the likes of Madonna, Ricky Martin, Mary J. Blige and Craig David.
Mumzy Stranger is a British-Bangladeshi MC, singer and songwriter who topped the UK Asian Singles chart with a host of hits such as ‘One More Dance’ and ‘Fly With Me’.

And F1rstman was born in Pakistan before moving to The Netherlands when he was only three-years-old and it was his tune, ‘Dance’, that brought the collaborators together.


Sonna Rele

London girl, married to music. Sonna Rele, a true wildheart is better known for her popular weekly Music Monday covers with a twist via her Facebook & Youtube channels.


Harris J

Born in Chelsea in the heart of London, Harris J is a 17-year old British Muslim artist with Indian and Irish heritage signed to Awakening Records.Harris J considers himself a proud Muslim and a true Brit and is now looking forward to taking his new blend of faith-inspired music to the world.


Hype & Fever

Hype and Fever are a prolific Leicester-raised, London-based DJ, MC performance and production duo, consisting of the Kala-Lee brothers: Naveen (DJ, Hype Hyphen) and Bhumeet (Vocals/production, Cold Fever). The duo’s fresh sound pays respect to the past without being enslaved by it; they cut, match and mix the rhythms of their Jamaican and Indian heritage into a unique and experimental vibe that boasts individuality and innovation.


Amanjot Sangha

A Hindi, Punjabi and English singer. Indian Classically and Western Classical trained with a distinction in Grade 8. Winner of the UK AMA Unsigned Act Award 2012. Winner of the young achievers award from the Mayor of London. Winner of the Voice of Punjab UK 2013.


Chand Ali Khan

Chand Ali Khan Qawwal & Party are a leading UK-based Sufi Qawwali and Bollywood group, primarily performing in the art of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis.Extending the 700-year old genre of Qawwali, Chand Ali Khan Qawwal & Party are the leading lights of qawwali in Europe.


DJ Jeevan B & Sunit
12pm-7pm (hosting)

The house DJ’s for Destination Desi are Sunit and DJ Jeevan B. You can hear them playing all your favorite tunes between performances.

Main Stage Takeover: Godiva Festival – Main Stage
Sunday 7 July 12-7pm

Reece Bahia
1.55pm (Main Stage)

Reece Bahia, born and bred in Coventry is extremely excited to be playing his first hometown gig in nearly 4 years. Having recently signed his first record deal with Virgin EMI, joining the same roster as Shawn Mendes, Lewis Capaldi and Justin Bieber, Reece has been busy in the studio working on brand new original material which he will be showcasing at the festival along with some crowd favourites. Reece is looking forward to bringing his high energy, dynamic performance style back to Coventry.

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