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Black Sabbath guitaristand Duran Duran are set to open the tonight (July 28). But there are some other great acts set to perform at the Alexander Stadium in front of around 35,000 spectators.
For example, Birmingham singer, 25, has the honour of performing in her home city. "It is crazy, I'm living a real dream," the singer told BBC Radio WM.
Raised in Erdington, the star described performing ahead of the 11 days of sporting competition as a "humbling moment". Along with fellow Birmingham vocalist Gambini, she will reimagine the song Hear My Voice, based on the title track from 2020 film Trial of the Chicago Seven.
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Gambini was born in Brazzaville in the Congo, then moved to the UK aged six, growing up in Highgate, Birmingham. In the past, he has talked about his:
“I get a lot of my inspiration from my life. I’ve used my incarceration experiences and channelled them into my music. I’ve written a song called Crucify which reflects on going to court and being sentenced and how far I have come.”
Indigo Marshall and Gambini will perform under the musical direction of local rapper, artist and educator. He has used music to spread positive vibes, unite and entertain audiences across the world and has enjoyed chart success working with other artists, winning a UK Music Video Award in 2012.
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Holness has performed alongside artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Tyga and Dead Prez. He has appeared at events including Glastonbury, Bestival and Lovebox.
The opening ceremony, which has been produced by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, has a heavy local influence. Birmingham Conservatoire graduate and mezzo-soprano Samantha Oxborough will perform the National Anthem, supported by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Alpesh Chauhan.
Brum voices will be represented in the form of 15 choirs, 700 singers from across the region, led by Carol Pemberton and a capella group Black Voices. Musicians from around the city who all represent different musical styles will be heard around the world, including two-time Grammy Award-winning percussionist Lekan Babalola, vocalist Ranjana Ghatak, shawm player Jude Rees, bagpiper Chris Crouch and Djembe player Abraham Paddy Tetteh. Dohl drummers from across Brum will be there too.
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Her Majesty The QueenThe Prince of Wales – accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall – will instead represent the Royal Family and officially open the Games.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The UK rightly has an outstanding reputation for hosting major sporting events, and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will be another fantastic opportunity to showcase the best of Britain on a global stage.”
The Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony is on BBC on July 28 from 7pm.
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The award-winning Royal Birmingham Conservatoire graduate will remain at the Games to also work as a security guardThe Lancashire-born mezzo-soprano singer will take the stage in front of 35,000 people at the Alexander Stadium. It is estimated that around one billion people across the world will watch her performance of God Save The Queen before major West Midlands-born acts, including Duran Duran and Tony Lommi, take the stage.