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African Odysseys

Carnival in the Time of the Sound System

As the Notting Hill Carnival hits town, we present rare clips and welcome special guests.

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The UK Jamaica Sound System took its place in the Notting Hill Carnival of the 1970s amid the revelry of Mas (masque) displays and steel pan bands. Author Lloyd Bradley (Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital, Bass Culture) presents rare film and TV clips illustrating the emergence of this phenomenon and its presence today as an essential component of the country’s biggest street festival. This discussion will also feature very special guests from the UK reggae and dance scene.

Tickets £6.50

We are pleased to confirm the guests for this event. Norman Jay is now unable to attend.

  • Nicole-Rachelle Moore (George Padmore Insitute and carnival organiser)
  • Lionel McCalman (Captain Nostalgia Steel Band)
  • Dennis Bovell (Matumbi; LKJ’s Dub Band; Sufferah HiFi)
  • Young Warrior (Jah Shaka’s son; sound system operator and record producer)
  • Robert "Ribs" Fearon (Selector Unity Sounds; Fatman HiFi)
  • Rudy Ranx (Deejay Good Times sound system)
  • June Reid and Lynda Rosenior-Patten (Owner/operator Nzinga Sound System)

Hosting the event will be author (‘Bass Culture’ and ‘Sounds Like London’) and founder of Sounds Like London festival, Lloyd Bradley

In partnership with Sounds Like London, a festival celebrating a century of black British music.


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