“Unlike anything Notting Hill has seen before” is a bold claim – London’s Carnival has seen and heard a lot over the past half century – but Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is determined to make a big impression by coming out on the road with Mangrove this year.
On Sunday 27 August the RBMA Sound System will be pumping out Bashment and Afrobeats at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance, but the real interest comes on Monday when Red Bull plans to lead the charge down the Grove.
Joining Mangrove masqueraders and steelpan players will be Bunji Garlin, Olatunji and Faye-Ann Lyons, plus last year’s UK Road March winners Sunshine & Nadiva and other artistes.
RBMA press statement also promises that soca will be included in its broadcasts on Red Bull Radio, which will bring listeners “a serious selection of the Sound System’s best moments”.
Red Bull Music Academy – “a global music institution committed to fostering creativity in music” was set up in 1998, two decades after Mangrove first brought its mas on to the road at Notting Hill. The steel band was found in 1980 and since then has won Panorama eight times.
By Stephen Spark