2.00 – 2.10pm
Opening of the Event
Kevin Ncube & Andrea Bennett of BBC Radio Leicester are your comperes for the day
For the duration of City Festival, taking place 19th to 29th August, there will be a series of music showcases at venues citywide.
The Leicester Music Stage on Jubilee Square on Saturday 27th August is the culmination featuring some of the best local acts and performers in Leicester. In addition to the broad range of music that this city creates, Cosmopolitan Arts bring you performers from further afield at the COSMOPOLITAN CARNIVAL
2.10 – 2.30pm
The Illusive Quartet
The Illusive Quartet is a bright and lively ensemble from Leicester. Playing songs from the great American songbook, with their own imaginative arrangements. The band sound like a quartet, but they’re actually a trio! The bass player is,the pianist, Mike Sole’s left hand… Expect a warm yet exciting tone from Chris Lee on Tenor Sax and some fiery yet intricate work of David Anderson on Drums.
Code Ninety is an R&B / Hip-Hop collective made up of Nico Rooney, JadataMusic and NA$E. The name stands for Chasing Our Dreams Endlessly, born in and influenced by the Nineties.
They released their debut mixtape “Parties N Heartbreaks” on May 6th, which is now available on all major platforms.
Carnival Parade arrives
3.20 – 3.40pm
Sing, Leicester Sing & Kainé Mass Choir
Kainé bring their newest community choirs to the Cosmopolitan Stage. Summer Singing workshops in Beaumont Leys (Tesco Superstore) and Braunstone (Brite Centre) have led to 2 new choirs singing as a mass choir with Kainé , Leicester Women’s & Curve Gospel Choirs. Kainé continue their campaign to get Leicester singing.
Sing, Leicester Sing
3.55 – 4.55pm
Britain’s Got Reggae
Featuring Reggae Tributeer
with contestants from Britain’s Got Reggae
Britain’s Got Reggae is a UK based competition that highlights the wealth of Reggae talent the UK has to offer. We would like to see Reggae return to the forefront of pop culture, so have created a needed platform to provide opportunities for the next generation of Reggae artists and listeners to connect with UK talent and embrace Reggae music culture.
Miss Stormy B
Nottingham based singer/songwriter Lisa Hendricks started her musical career when she joined a local gospel choir at 15yrs old. She then spent just over a decade touring with reggae band ‘Brio’ throughout the Midlands. In 2012 Lisa became a solo artist with her robown live band, The Project-Us Band
Our music reflects our personality and most importantly our roots and culture. As a band we have strongly bought into the concept of Bob Marley 1971 song entitled Trenchtown Rock, “One good thing about music when music hits, you feel no pain”. It is our belief that regardless of one’s colour, race, gender or sexual orientation we are able to transcend one’s mind through our music.
Born in the UK, and raised the JA way, Glama Wayne is a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer living in Birmingham. He is part of a four man production team ECKS, presently working with a number of UK’s top unsigned artists, who like Glama can be found performing at Reggaebaby Lounge, Birmingham’s premier music night at the Drum.
He began his musical career aged ten as lead singer for local bands covering popular reggae songs, performing in local bars, pubs and restaurants. Wanting to perform original material, and with a natural ear for musical arrangements and production, Glama followed his dream and began writing and recording his own songs. Like many reggae artists in the UK, Glama is naturally influenced by the Caribbean and its rich history of music past and present, in particular Jamaica.
Glama’s style of music has been heavily influenced by his childhood hero Bob Marley, more recently his sons (Damien, Ziggy, Julian and Steven), Tarrus Riley and a sprinkling of fellow Birmingham reggae icons Steel Pulse. These influences blend perfectly with his distinctive vocal to express his own infectious style. Drawing on those influences Glama is currently putting the finishing touches to a wonderfully executed album entitled “We Rock”, the first two singles from which (“We Rock” and “End of time”) have received broad acclaim and support from national and international radio.
Claire Angel Bryan is a rising star by any measure. She has the passion of a writer and the temperament which comes with sheer determination. Claire Angel…vocalist, songwriter, DJ, performer and capable, strong, talented woman. Since 2005 Claire Angel has shared the stage with the likes of: Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Jimmy London, Vivian Jones, Big Yout, Mighty Diamonds, Taurus Riley, Queen Ifreka, Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, I-Octane, Assassin, I-Wayne, Vybz Kartel, Baby Wayne, Spragga Benz, Lady Dynamite, Jamelia, Nathan, Gappy Ranks, Estelle, Chino, Ladin, Serrani, Bugle, Mu
5.10 – 5.30pm
Since moving back to the UK Jesse has played evenJesse is a singer songwriter born in Leicester specializing in Soul with Mediterranean vibes. She was raised in Spain and moved back to her hometown 20 years later to pursue musicts such as Summer Sundae, Riverside Festival and the Queen’s Birthday celebrations in Leicester.
5.45 – 6.05pm
Dominique Angela Dee Brody
Soul RnB and Gospel
Dominique is well and truly cosmopolitan by way of blood. Filipino Irish French and Spanish heritage but born and raised in Leicester. Culture bringing passion to performance.
“Singing since I was a little girl starting off by being trained in classical opera style moving on to gospel and developing my own style of rnb/jazz/soul. Performing has always been on my agenda be it dancing, singing or acting. Just need to be on that stage! ”
Paulo Carnoth of Afro-Kubanza is one of the best drummers and percussionists in the UK. He freelances with a number bands and artists and produces his own music. Originally from Angola, he has been resident in Leicester since 2001, has graduated in Youth & Community Development and now shares his skills and passion with children and young people by delivering African Drumming and jewellery workshops to communities all over England.
DJ John Furst & 3 Rap Artists
Jon1st is an international hip-hop and bass music DJ, a World DMC Champion turntablist and has recorded mixes for Rinse FM, Solid Steel, Noisy and more. He will be hosting a drop-in workshop at Cosmopolitan Carnival where you can pick his brains on everything DJ-ing and have a try for yourself too!
Curtis Clacey is one of the city’s most diverse and entertaining artists. His music has no boundaries on genre and his early 90’s hip hop influence mixed with his love of electronic/future music serves as the perfect backdrop for his content. Curtis’s upcoming project titled Premonition, is his most personal and versatile work to date. With production from local talent as well as the bulk of the project being handled by a Chicago Native, its sure to appeal to many different palates.
A poet and literary artist, The Orator draws upon a concoction of emotions and experience to deliver evocative poems on love, life and politics. With power and cadence, The Orator is undoubtedly one to watch!
Independent Artist/Producer and inspirational teacher U.G Dubs Of The Mad Skint and British Part 1: Problems, in Top 100 Hip-hop/Rap charts U.K 2015 (Two new projects out this year, 2016). Owner of Private Company U.G Station providing music advice, teaching and internet based label services. Youth educator through U.G Station in partnership with EAVA FM and Y.E.P Leicester. Has worked with Pedestrian LTD Leicester on Inspirational Music talks. BBC Radio 1 Masterclass member 2011/2012. BBC Radio 1xtra track of the week September 2011.
(BA,HND,OCE) Music Technology and innovation, Business and Sound Engineering
“Faith without works is dead” – U.G
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7.35 – 8.15pm
The Brandy Thieves
A band that has ‘built a reputation of blowing the roof over every venue they play’, a band that is ‘impossible not to dance to’, The Brandy Thieves are one of most exciting live acts in the Midlands and by combining gypsy rhythms and punk energy, ska grooves and folk storytelling, the band has also created a sound that is uniquely their own. Fronted by the powerful vocals of ‘The Tattooed Woman’ Andrea Kenny, the band have been packing out venues and headlining festival stages across the Midlands and released their debut album ‘Old Tattoos’ in the Spring of this year. ‘Raucous’ ‘Infectious’ ‘Enthralling’ and ‘Captivating’, the five piece are sure to be the highlight for many gig and festival goers this year. The Brandy Thieves are a band “not to be missed”.
8.30 – 9.30pm
The day concludes with a multimedia performance. The whole site around BBC Radio Leicester will be illuminated with lanterns. A specially commissioned piece of music/spoken word will be combined with a large scale film projection, pyrotechnics from Pyrox, dance and giant puppets. A magnificent end to a fantastic day.
Cosmocular is separately supported by
Artistic Director/Film Producer – AMANDA LEANDRO
Amanda has utilised skills acquired from being an art director in the film and television industry to conceptualise, project manage and art direct this performance piece. Her vision is to bring together a variety of high quality arts based media to create a multi-faceted experience that promises to dazzle and captivate its audience, through celebrating the vibrancy of a cosmopolitan society.
Music Director/Lead Composer – RICHARD EVERITT
Co-composers: Miranda Booth,John Berkavitch & Carole Leeming
Pyrotechnics by PYROX
Lanterns & Puppets by SAME SKY
Dancers from DANCE SELECT AGENCY
John Berkavitch (Spoken Word)
John Berkavitch is one of the most respected voices in the UK spoken-word scene. Former UK Slam Poetry Champion, Internationally acclaimed Theatre-maker and Storyteller, Youth Theatre Director at Curve Theatre Leicester and Co-Curator and host of Out-Spoken Live London’s premier Spoken-Word and Music night.
Carol Leeming (Vocalist)
Photo: Rob Gurney
A strong voice artistic presence, Apples & Snakes, Authentic Diva Music Week Magazine, UK’s finest vocal talent, musically promiscuous” Mix Mag Magazine. Power grace, passion downright funky the real ting, Gary Crosby OBE Jazz Jamaica
Carol Leeming FRSA internationally acclaimed artist, polymath, singer, composer musician (keyboards & percussion) director, playwright, poet, performer, actor and filmmaker.
Richard Everitt (Baritone Saxophone)
Richard Everitt plays baritone sax and piano in local jazz bands.
He arranges and composes for his own projects Mulligan Stew, the Not So Big Band, and in connection with his educational activities.
He runs the popular Jazz Performance Course at Attenborough Arts and is a tutor at CL Jazz summer schools.
Mike Sole (Piano)
Mike Sole is a multi instrumental musician from Leicester, well known for his creative and adept improvisions at the piano and pipe organ. Mike enjoys a varied life of performance styles, spanning Classical music, Jazz, Funk, Soul and Ska. Mike regularly performs with The Illusive Quartet and Status Trio
Will Todd (Bass)
I’m on an ongoing mission to connect with people through the music I play! I love to fuse musical styles and mix things up! Funk, Jazz, Hip-hop and Afrobeat music are some personal favourites! I’m also known for playing saxophone in local band ‘By The Rivers’
Marcus Joseph (Saxophone)
Marcus Joseph was classically trained on the clarinet from age seven, taking his ABRSM grades up to Grade 8 in school. He has played in various Leicestershire Arts county bands and orchestras. He has also been a participant of the leading music development organisation, Tomorrow’s Warriors.
A brief stint in a hip-hop group as a DJ and MC resulted in airplay on BBC Radio 1Xtra, but after attending a jazz workshop in London, Marcus was inspired to pick up the saxophone full-time. He went on to study at Leeds College of Music, then Middlesex University to take a BA in Jazz Music. This was followed with a year at the University of New Orleans.
Malcolm D’Sa (Drums)
Malcolm D’Sa has been a part of the Leicester music scene for over 20 years. He is currently the drummer for Out Of Karma and GU-RU, and is a former member of El Pussycat Ska, with whom he has played backing for the late, great Alton Ellis.
Hari Trivedi (Tabla)
Hari Trivedi is a local Leicester artist who has been playing since childhood. He is always innovating and experimenting new mediums of expressing music through sound and media. He has been taught tabla by the Lt Gurmit Singh Virdee, Maharshi Raval in Ahmedabad and currently a senior student of Pritam Singh of Birmingham. He has played around the world and accompanied a variety of artists from Indian classical, devotional, western classical, theatre production and new age fusion. His main focus in teaching tabla is based on clarity, tone and letting the students think creatively.
website: tablaschool.co.uk and drumandbrass.co.uk
Miranda Booth (Harp)
Miranda Booth began her harp career with classical training and has been performing solo, in orchestras and ensembles for 16 years. Miranda has collaborated with many musicians over the years playing alternative, folk and jazz. She also composes her own songs and uses her music in her art practice.
Julie Maxwell (Trumpet)
Amongst my (many) passions are creative music-making and music as a medium for exploring culture and expression. I enjoy the process of making music inspired by non-verbal group dynamics. I play cornet/trumpet and facilitate music-making in various settings, drawing on careers in the applied arts, linguistics and education.
JUBILEE SQUARE WORKSHOP
Chinese Arts & Crafts
The Confucius Institute will be introducing a series of traditional Chinese crafts including brush painting, calligraphy, Chinese knot making and paper folding. Chinese brush painting is an ancient art, steeped in history, symbolism and ritual. Calligraphy uses similar techniques to brush painting but is dedicated specifically to Chinese writing. A look at Chinese paper cutting and paper folding will help give further insight into the traditions of Chinese crafts. Paper cutting is a Chinese traditional skill for females mainly done during the Spring Festival and for Weddings. Chinese zodiac symbols are usually chosen as subjects for the paper cutting.