The very first Southbank Carnival is taking place this Saturday at The Southbank Centre and we are so happy to be involved. The Southbank Centre have scheduled a full day of carnival themed events from dance classes to art workshops, with Trini Gladiata hosting a festival parade alongside DJ Raskal. You can catch us in The Clore Ballroom kicking off The Heatwave Club Night from 6:30pm. All the events are free all day and suitable for all age groups, so kick off your Easter Weekend with unlimited carnival vibes. More info and full events timetable here.
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Last week we had a chat with Chief Boima for the carnival special of the Africa is a Radio podcast. We chatted all things carnival from Afro soca to clubbing in London, and we chose some of our favourite world carnival tracks of this year’s soca season. Listen to the show below and head over to Africa is a Country for the full tracklist.
To celebrate Notting Hill Carnival, we did a special carnival takeover of Radar Radio on Monday, with carnival mixes from Chief Boima Emily Dust, False Witness, Fireman Sam, Joey B, Murlo, Serocee So Shifty, Swing Ting, The Large and Vamanos. Stream or download the mixes below and cure your carnival tabanca.
Hipsters Don’t Dance with Serocee – Download here
Fireman Sam – Download here
Vamanos – Download here
So Shifty – Download here
Murlo – Download Here
Swing Ting (Samrai, Platt & Joey B) – Download here
Emily Dust – Download here
False Witness – Download here
The Large – Download here
Chief Boima – Download here
Machel Montano’s first offering this scoca season comes with a really nice lyric video. Nice sing-a-long bits in this one and we can see it being a grower.
London based producer Maleek Berry drops the soundtrack for something called Gidi Culture festival. Needless to say it’s great as his previous work has shown. The frequent Wizkid collaborator created something that truly reminds us of funky but but retaining it’s African flavour. As for this Gidi Culture festival, it’s a festival being put on by my brother and his friends in order to promote local home grown talent. It’s coming out in March and has a ton of Afropop stars that will be a part of it. Look out for more from that coming soon from them and us down the line.You can Dl it here, the video above is Maleek being interviewed.
For a good 3 years we have been doing the World Carnival mix series, it quickly evolved into a mix that combines both of our heritages (Trini/Naija). So when this came across our computer screens we ran around with the same vigour that Beyonce fans did when Beyonce dropped in the middle of the night like a ninja! The really encouraging thing about it is that Machel is perfect on this, nailing it perfectly. The worst thing that could have happened was if he just paid lip service to this track. Or even worse asked for a couple of Nigerian reference points and stumbled his way through them.