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Sikh News Bilingual rapper and Sikh dance get Mela off to flyer

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    A BILINGUAL rapper, Bollywood routines and a traditional Sikh dance were all part of last night's entertainment as the Mela Festival got underway at Pilrig Park.

    The Mela kicked off with a women's-only event – Sakhian Ladies' Night – which featured up and coming Glasgow DJs, Gtown Desi, who treated the crowd to their desi bhangra beats.

    African bilingual rapper AG Dolla was a real hit with the crowd, with impressive performances also coming from Pan Pa Tim from Venezuela and Jego Dance Group.

    This weekend marks the 14th anniversary of the Mela Festival, which was founded by members of the city's Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi communities.

    Only women were allowed to view last night's entertainment but performances today and tomorrow are open to everyone.

    Bollywood dancer, Harleen Kaur Nottay, dazzled the crowd with a 10-minute choreographed piece to Bollywood hits, and members of Nila Joshi Jago dance group performed a traditional Sikh dance while balancing ceramic pots on their shoulders.

    A Mela spokeswoman said: "We were really pleased with the weather, which was lovely, and there was a really good turnout."

    There were also stalls selling jewellery and food during last night's entertainment, which took place from 6-9pm.

    Among the highlights at the Mela Festival today and tomorrow will be music from New Asia, which is a Singaporean ensemble with Chinese, South Asian and Western musical influences.

    Edinburgh-based band GOL, featuring Iranian-born lead singer Roxana Pope, will also perform a specially commissioned piece, Mixed Up, which explores the changing face of Iran 30 years after the Revolution.

    Panjabi Hit Squad, a group that has been at the forefront of British-Asian music since its formation in 2001 with a new genre called Desi Beats, which fuses Bhangra with street music, will also perform.
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