"Visit a Mela." Music Tip by planxty

Music, London: 24 reviews and 33 photos

  Brick Lane Mela, London, UK.
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  • Brick Lane Mela, London, UK. - London
      Brick Lane Mela, London, UK.
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      Woman, Brick Lane Mela, London, UK.
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      Crowd, Brick Lane Mela, London, UK.
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      Thrill ride, Brick Lane Mela, London, UK.
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I must admit that until I moved to London some years ago, I had no idea what a mela was. It is basically an Asian festival, typically including music, dancing, food and drink stalls and sometimes a funfair.

they are generally held in the summer months when there is, supposedly, a chance of better weather. the best places in london are the East End, traditionally an area where Asian immigrants settled, and also Southall in West London, another area with a large Asian population.

The area I live in is predominantly Bangladeshi, and this was reflected in the line-up. a lady called simply Mumtaz was the headline act, and, although a middle aged lady, she was greeted with a reception normally reserved for young pop stars. Although I am certainly no expert on Bengali music, she did seem very good.

In an area that is literally world famous for Asian restaurants (Brick Lane) the food was also of an exceptionally high standard.

Obviously, as there are so many of them, I have not included specific addresses or contact details, it is a matter of checking when and where they are being held.

Hopefully, the photos give you an idea of what you can expect.

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  • Written May 27, 2009
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