UK Black Pride – Europe’s biggest celebration of African, Asian, Caribbean and Arab LGBT people – will be headlined by a trio of Britain’s best rap, reggae and grime acts.
British Soul legend Omar will be joined by UK dance and funky house star Donae’o and the awesome talent of rapper Amplify Dot. These exciting headliners offer an eclectic mix of experience and talent that will be supported by a bevy of world class DJs, including Bee; Big John; Biggy C; Chillz; Clington; Goodaz; Misty B and Nikki Lucas. Each of them will spin the best Afro-Beats, bashment, chart, dance, disco, funky, jungle, D’nB, R’nB and soca tunes among others.
Elsewhere, D’relle – who has worked with Madonna, Chris Brown and Jessie J – will wow the crowds, while the funky Red & Pink will deliver a fusion of Indie-Punk, electro-Soul and hip hop. Laayie (featuring Icykal) who is the openly gay rapper who won the UK Unsigned Title at the 02 will perform alongside rappers and spoken word artists Ms Sirena & MC Angel who founded ‘Lyrically Challenged’ to unleash the power of their poetry. Meanwhile, the haunting vocals of Claire Louise and Indyanna Sidney, who make up Sister Sidney, will have you begging for me.
Making the most of the massive Ministry of Sound venue, with it’s four distinct zones, state of the art facilities and slick design, UK Black Pride will feature Drag Idol 2012’s gorgeous Asifa Lahore: the sauciest Punjabi girl this side of Istanbul, doing everything ethnic and batty which your Daddy told you was naughty. She will be joined by the diva-licious Alexis Carrington from Trannyshack and Madam Jo Jo’s giving her special tribute to Whitney Houston. There will also be big belly laughs from comedian Roslyn Carty who will perform snippets from her ‘Jesus loves ME and you Roadshow’. Elsewhere, the House of Khanh Dancers will blow you away with their talent and underline why they’re described as a ‘work of art’.
The seventh UK Black Pride festival will take place on Saturday 18 August from 12 noon until 8:30pm at the Ministry of Sound, London. It will be hosted by Topher Campbell (RUKAS!), Ms Sirena & MC Angel (Lyrically Challenged) and Ms Lorna Sutra G (Blessence).
There will guest speakers from Stonewall (UK Black Pride’s main sponsor), Jay Bedford (PCS union and sponsor), Rob Berkley (Runnymede Trust), Rose Neelam (Safra Project) and more.
For the full line up of entertainment at UK Black Pride 2012 visit the web site: www.ukblackpride.org.uk
UK Black Pride’s principle sponsors include: Stonewall, PCS, UNISON, TUC, NASUWT, GMB, Prospect and Proud.
UK Black Pride’s official pre-festival party will take place at Blessence, Brixton Clubhouse, 469 Brixton Road, SW9 8HH on Saturday 11 August 2012.
UK Black Pride’s official after-show party will take place at Bootylicious, Club Colosseum, 1 Nine Elms Lane, Vauxhall, London SW8 5NQ on Saturday 18 August 2012.
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UK Black Pride is a not-for-profit community group led by a team of dedicated LGBT volunteers who have helped to deliver an award winning event that won the Pink Paper Readers’ Award for ‘Best Black Minority Ethnic Organisation’ and Stonewall’s Community Award in 2011.