Hackney-based trio Project Caramel are to perform on the same stage as their greatest influences – award-winning hip-hop singer Ms Dynamite and dubstep star Katy B.
The group have secured a slot to perform at the annual UK Black Pride festival in Torrington Square, Bloomsbury this Saturday. As the biggest celebration of African, Asian, Caribbean and Middle Eastern people in Europe, UK Black Pride aims to promote unity and integration among diverse communities.
Platinum recording artist Ms Dynamite will be headlining this year’s event, along with Goldsmiths graduate Katy B, whose debut album On A Mission has been nominated for a Mercury Prize.
Project Caramel were started by Hackney-born rapper opc Bandit, who earned the name at the age of 14 as she is “original, she likes pink and she is caramel,” according to the Hackney Gazette.
The band’s song Sizzle has been described by BBC Radio 6music presenter Tom Robinson as an “absolute perfect summer single”.
Opc Bandit met fellow band members singer Sarai and producer Danny C through their work on a number of Hackney youth music projects.
Project Caramel have played a number of successful gigs including the Apple Store in Regents Street and Lyrically Challenged, a poetry and hip-hop night in Hackney. Their most important performance to date was supporting rapper Tinie Tempah at the 10th Hackney Youth Awards in 2009.
To find out more about Project Caramel, visit their website here.
Tickets to see them perform at UK Black Pride 2011 can be purchased online here.