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STYLE: Polish folk

Date: Saturday and Sunday

Location: Awaz FM Mela Mix Stage

 Time: 12.55-13.20 (Saturday) / 12.15-12.40 (Sunday)

Unique sounds of the Wielkopolska!  This year’s Wielkopolska band are ‘Kapela Dudziarska Kozlary ze Steszewa‘ and all hail from Greater Poland and practice the rare skill of playing traditional instruments by ear. Mixing folk melodies and centuries-old dialect songs they produce a beautiful, unique style of vocals and instrumentals.

The Edinburgh Mela are pleased to welcome members of the band;  Romuald Jedraszak, Piotr Gorecki, Pawel Zawadzki, Jakub Kontek, Lukasz Kontek and Karolina Kontek, from Poland for these special performances on Saturday and Sunday at the Mela! 

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Edinburgh Bollywood Dancers

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STYLE: Bollywood/Dance

Date: Sun 31st August

Location: Mela Mix Stage

Time: 12.55-13.10

Bollywood dance has its origins in Indian classical and folk dance. Over the years this has been mixed with Western dance forms and popular Bhangra beats. Join us for some afternoon dancing and Hindi music with some of Edinburgh’s young dancing stars.

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Scotpipe and Wielkopolska Bagpipers & Violinists

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STYLE: Traditional/Folk

Date: Sat 30th + Sun 31st August

Location: Mela Mix Stage

Time: 13.10-13.30 (Sat), 13.25-13.45 (Sun)

The finest in traditional Polish folk music from the Wielkopolska Master of Bagpipes & Violinists; Led by Mr. Romuald Jedraszak and his Students Mr. Radoslaw Zak (Piper), Miss Karolina Kulka (Violinist from Polajewo), Mr. Patryk Nowak (Piper) Miss Magdalena & Miss Joanna Brygier (Violinists and sisters) in their traditional village costumes from Czempin, Poland.

On Sunday they will be joined by pipers from the Scotpipe band for a special collaborative performance, showcasing the best traditional music from both Scotland and Poland.

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GTown Desi

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STYLE: Urban/Dance

Date: Sun 31st August

Location: Mela Mix Stage

Time: 19.00-20.15

Scotland’s leading Asian music collective are back with the latest urban beats to close out the weekend. Gtown Desi are a young collective of DJs who formed over 6 years ago and since then, with their ability to mix up various genres of music and their own musical productions, have travelled throughout the world playing at clubs and festivals.
 

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Rise Kagona and the Jit Jive Band

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STYLE: Jit/Rock

Date: Sun 31st August

Location: Mela Mix Stage

Time: 17.20-18.05

Rise Kagona is a guitar hero to many on two continents.  In his home country of Zimbabwe, Rise transferred traditional Jiti rhythms to guitar, and his band The Bhundu Boys toured the world extensively in the 1980s and 1990s.  The BBC’s Andy Kershaw cites them as having changed his life, and John Peel famously broke down in tears the first time he saw them perform live.
 
Rise will perform new songs and old favourites with his Edinburgh-based Jit Jive Band. Rise’s “sunny, intricate guitar lines whose easy sparkle belie formidable technical prowess” (Scotsman) are sure to get you grooving.
 

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Bajaly Suso

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STYLE: Traditional/Folk

Date: Sat 30th + Sun 31st August

Location: Mela Mix Stage

Time: 20.00-20.30 (Sat), 12.15-12.45 (Sun)

Bajaly comes from a Gambian family who have passed down the tradition of musicianship through many generations. He is related to past masters Jali Nyama Suso and Foday Musa Suso. He has been playing and singing the traditional songs of the Gambia for almost 20 years. Dressed in traditional robes, singing ancient songs and telling folk tales of his native land, Bajaly is part of the legacy of ancient Africa. With a haunting, plaintive voice and prodigious technique on his unique instrument.

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