Godiva Festival is pleased to confirm that it will be hosting the worldwide Bhangra sensation, Panjabi MC, in its Saturday Rhythm Tent (8 July).
The star was born in Coventry and began his career in music by writing lyrics and rapping at gigs. His unique style created a brand new style of music, merging traditional Punjabi music with hip hop and R&B sounds.
He has been described as one of the most prominent names in Bhangra by Allmusic. He is best known for his remix of ‘Mundian To Bach Ke’ in 1999, which became a worldwide Bhangra hit, and his remix of ‘Jogi’ in 2003.
The success of ‘Mundian To Bach Ke’ skyrocketed Panjabi MC into stardom after Jay Z featured on the record and rapped two verses The sound of Bhangra crossed over to the mainstream, and Panjabi MC has been credited as being the first Asian artist to take Bhangra to the next level, which earned him an award at the World Music Festival in Monte Carlo, as well as a number of other awards around the world.
Over the course of his career, he has released over 15 albums, with his latest, ’56 Districts’ expected later this year.
Panjabi MC will appear in Saturday night’s Rhythm Tent on 8 July, playing before Alabama 3 Acoustic and Tom Clarke (The Enemy Acoustic) with the 10th Anniversary of We’ll Live and Die In These Towns, who will both be performing acoustic sets.
Panjabi MC joins a whole host of talent at this year’s Godiva Festival, with Mallory Knox, Cast and The Stranglers confirmed for Friday night, Tom Clarke, Alabama 3 Acoustic and Example & DJ Wire confirmed for Saturday and The Darkness confirmed for Sunday.
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