UK Black Pride has never been afraid to present bold new acts before they hit the big time: Daley performed in 2009 before signing to Sony, while Jessie J performed in 2010 before signing to Sony/Universal Records and embarking on her well-documented domination of the UK’s music charts, festivals and awards.
UK Black Pride is confident of repeating history this Saturday 18 August at Ministry of Sound, London, by announcing that Cleo Sol, the starlet with soulful vocals has shot her way to top billing at the festival and will perform alongside the headline acts of British Soul legend Omar and Funky-House King-Pin Donae’o.
Cleo Sol has been singing and writing since she was 16 and her tracks were uncovered on MySpace. Within a short time the talented Londoner was putting down tracks with the biggest stars of Britain’s Urban music scene including: Tinie Tempah; Wretch 32; Davinche; Bashy; Roll Deep and Aggro Santos.
Cleo Sol has quickly earned the respect of her major contemporaries including Tinie Tempah who calls her ‘a soul diva, one of the UK’s brightest stars’, and Wretch 32 who praises her ‘cool style, beautiful vocals and ability to make whole rooms smile’.
Cleo Sol has captivated hordes of fans with acoustic slots and charismatic performances at Wireless Festival with Rihanna and Pitbull; at BT London Live Festival with Courtney Pine; at Lovebox Festival with Snoop Dogg and Scissor Sisters, and T4 On The Beach with Tynchy Strider and The Wanted.
The talented Cleo Sol is on the precipice of stardom and will be at UK Black Pride to sing her Island Records label debut Never The Right Time (Who Do You Love) which samples the Isley Brothers’ classic Work To Do. The tune’s Latin flavour is a nod to Cleo Sol’s own roots – her Spanish/Serbian mum and Jamaican dad – while showcasing her funky sensual vocal.
UK Black Pride’s Executive Director, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, said: “Boom! Cleo Sol is set to shake up UK Black Pride and the British music scene. As we prepare for a loud and proud celebration of music, dancing, comedy and community in our seventh annual festival, the blend of emerging and long-standing talent that we’re presenting will ensure something special for everyone’s taste.”
UK Black Pride’s headline trio of Cleo Sol, Donae’o and Omar is supported by a bevy of world class DJs including Bee; Big John; Biggy C; Chillz; Clington; Goodaz; Misty B and Nikki Lucas. Each will spin the best Afro-Beats, bashment, chart, dance, disco, funky, jungle, D’nB, R’nB and soca tunes among others.
Elsewhere, emerging talents like the funky Red & Pink will deliver Indie-Punk hip hop fusion; while Laayie (feat. Icykal) the openly gay rapper who won the UK Unsigned Title at the 02 will perform alongside rappers Ms Sirena & MC Angel to unleash the power of their poetry, and the haunting vocals of Sister Sidney (Claire Louise and Indyanna Sidney) will complement D’relle’s dancers.
Making the most of Ministry of Sound’s four distinct spaces and state of the art facilities, the festival will also feature Drag Idol 2012′s gorgeous Asifa Lahore: the sauciest Punjabi girl; Alexis Carrington from Trannyshack and Madam JoJo’s special tribute to Whitney Houston, and big belly laughs from comedian Roslyn Carty.
For more details about Cleo Sol visit: http://cleosol.com/