The anthem of the night club DJ and afrobeat star to entertain the king and queen at the coronation concert

Tiwa Savage-Getty

Tiwa Savage-Getty

The King and Queen will enjoy Ibizan classics and afrobeats in an eclectic concert to celebrate the coronation.

It has been announced that Pete Tong, pioneer of electronic dance music in clubs on the Balearic Island, will play to crowds at a celebratory show at Windsor Castle.

Afrobeats artist Tiwa Savage will also play at the May 7 concert organized by the BBC. It is understood that the King and Queen will be in attendance, along with other members of the royal family.

Tong, 62, who has carried nightclub anthems onto the BBC airwaves for decades, said it was “Such an honor to play at the coronation concert alongside my fellow artists”.

He added: “It is a historic moment, it will be a very special celebration. We are bringing Ibiza Classics”.

Pete Tong-Getty

Pete Tong-Getty

The dance music theme will continue with a song by Vula, a singer who has collaborated with the British electronic duo Basement Jaxx.

The inclusion of Ibiza rave tunes marks a departure from the usual fare of royal occasions and the personal tastes of the king, who has long been known to be a fan of classical music.

These tastes will also be catered for at the event, with performances by a Coronation Choir made up of amateur singers, including refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBTQ+ singing groups and deaf autograph choirs.

Also performing will be a Coronation Orchestra, which draws its members from ensembles patronized by the King when he was Prince of Wales, including the Royal Opera House, Royal Philharmonic and English Chamber Orchestra.

A royal source previously said of the concert: “There’s no doubt they want to put on something that will please the king, as well as other members of the royal family.”

Afrobeats, a style with origins in Nigeria that combines elements of West African traditional music with jazz and soul, will take center stage with Savage’s set at Windsor Castle.

In addition to the music, the BBC has announced a series of sketches and video messages, which will feature Tom Cruise, Dame Joan Collins and Disney’s animated character Winnie the Pooh.

Sir Tom Jones, Bear Grylls, the survival expert, and Oti Mabuse, the strict judge, will also reveal little-known facts about the king during the concert. Their sketches will be interwoven between performances by Paloma Faith, pianist Lang Lang and Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor. The concert will also include performances by Take That and Lionel Richie.

The Kind and Queen can also catch a performance by a distant relative, in the form of rock star Steve Winwood. The lead singer of the 1986 No. 1 hit Higher Love is the father of Mary-Clare Winwood, who married millionaire businessman Ben Elliot, the Queen’s nephew, in 2011.

Winwood said: “I was alive and almost remember the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II and I am a lifelong royalist. So to be included in the Coronation celebrations of Their Majesties King Charles and Queen Camilla is a lifetime achievement for which I am [humbled] and honoured”.

The concert will be hosted by Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville.

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