Soca News Magazine - Aug 2022

Page 1

SOCANEWS F REE

AUG 2022/144 ISSN 1464-7087

SOCANEWS.COM

SN AUG 2022 1


2 SN AUG 2022


SN AUG 2022 3


CONTENTS AUGUST 2022 | ISSUE 144

24. NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

BACK ON THE ROAD AT LAST 28. ROUTE MAP 43. MAS BAND DIRECTORY

4 SN AUG 2022

REGULAR 07. NEWS 20. MUSIC

Notting Hill Carrnival Playlist

35. EVENTS

Your soca guide to whats happening when and where.


FEATURES

SOCA PEOPLE

12.

16.

FAKEKOU

18.

VIKING DING DONG

HONOURING THE INVENTOR OF SOCA

Ras Shorty I

14.

CALYPSO

From ABC to ACASA

22. WHAT IS SOCA

FOR MORE VISIT

SOCANEWS.COM

GET LISTED: If you’re a carnival organiser, promoter, mas band, steelband, soca sound, community group or other participant who’s feeling left out because we didn’t mention your event, or if you’d like to advertise in the magazine or online, the remedy is in your hands. Get in touch! Email us at info@socanews.com or call on 0333 012 4643.

NEVER MISS AN ISSUE ALL ISSUES ARE FREE ONLINE OR SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE A PRINTED COPY SOCANEWS.COM/SUBSCRIBE

SN AUG 2022 5


EDITOR'S

LETTER

Carnival time again

S

o beat the drum, sun or rain. Why? It’s carnival time again. We drinking rum, no champagne. Why? It’s carnival time again. Right now, no words or lines in a song have ever been more appropriate than this 1996 classic by Brother Marvin (the man who also brought us that beautiful hymn to promote racial harmony, Jahaji Bhai). For the past couple of years we have been telling you to log on here or click there to try to catch anything that resembled a carnival. We got used to chipping down a virtual road, but it’s going to feel so good doing it on hot, hard, unyielding tarmac after two years of make-believe masquerading on the living room carpet. Don’t just take our word for it that Notting Hill Carnival 2022 is back on the road again. The good news was confirmed by Notting Hill CEO Matthew Phillip at Carnival’s media launch on 21 July. It looks like it’s going to be bigger than ever as we take to the streets of West London on Sunday 28 and Bank Holiday Monday 29 August. I sense a real hunger for some hands-on analogue interaction after two years of dispiriting digital isolation. Time to free up and play we mas! Now on to the serious business of feteing. There are parties, parties and more parties. If you don’t believe me, just check out our bumper event listing on page 35, powered by our favourite Saint Lucian rum, Bounty. All that’s left to say is have a joyous Notting Hill Carnival 2022 - we will see you on the road. If you visit or participate in any of these carnivals or events, we’d love to hear from you. Email hello@socanews.com and tell us what it was like for you. Yours in soca Joseph Charles PUBLISHER & EDITOR Joseph Charles jc@socanews.com CREATIVE Daniel & Joseph SUB EDITOR Katie Segal katie@socanews.com CONSULTING EDITOR Stephen Spark stephen@socanews.com

SALES & MARKETING sales@socanews.com WORDS Annel Beausoleil, Dunstan Creavalle, Radeya Osman & Stephen Spark PICTURES Bampson, Kola Graffix & Stephen Spark

instagram.com/socanews

twitter.com/socanews

PUBLISHED BY Soca News Ltd 86-90 Paul Street London, EC2A 4ND TELEPHONE + 44 (0) 333 012 4643 EMAIL info@socanews.com WEBSITE www.socanews.com

facebook.com/socanews

The views expressed in Soca News are not necessarily the views of the editor or the publisher. All material contained within this publication is the copyright of Soca News. No material, written or photographic may be reproduced in any way without the written permission of the publisher. No liability will be accepted for any errors which may occur within the magazine. © 2022 Soca News. All rights reserved.

6 SN AUG 2022


NEWS

MY TRINISHOP IS TWO YEARS OLD

M

y Trini Shop was born of a passion to create the most authentic Trinidadian cuisine in the UK. The online outlet claims to have the largest selection of Trinidadian herbs, spices, condiments, snacks and drinks ready for delivery straight to your front door. Soca News asked co-owners Sharon and Riyadh Khan about their favourite memories since they launched the business on 1 August 2020. “One of them is when our in-house team has the opportunity to meet our lovely customers in person. Also, introducing our nonTrini staff members to the products that we know and love. Above all, it’s the joy we get when chatting for ages on the phone to our customers - that amazing feeling of community is one that you usually only feel when growing up in Trinidad!” So how do they envisage the future? “We hope to continue to grow our product range in line with what our customers would like to have available to them. We look forward to building even more relationships with the manufacturers back in Trinidad, supporting locals every step of the way. We will continue to strive to provide the best possible customer service, as keeping our customers happy continues to be our priority.” To check out their huge range, visit the online shop at www. mytrinishop.com, and to place an order email enquiries@mytrinishop.com. SN AUG 2022 7


NEWS

GOODMUSE TO LAUNCH AT NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2022

A

new app for music lovers will launch at Notting Hill Carnival this year. Created by Jonathan Ambrose and David Ankrah, GoodMuse will help users find DJs and events playing their favourite songs by simply selecting them in the app. The launch at NHC is to allow the founders to demonstrate the app live. Sound systems will add details of their locations at Carnival, plus any after parties, and subscribers will be able to view them on a map in real time. The app also allows DJs and event organisers to bypass the algorithm and reach their target audience directly. GoodMuse is also a sponsor of Funatik Mas band this year, and their promotional banners will include a special QR code which directs to where one may download the app. The app can be downloaded for free in the UK on iOS from the App Store or on Android from the Play Store. It will be rolled out in other territories in the New Year. Visit musiclovers@goodmuse.com for updates on the launch. 8 SN AUG 2022

MACHEL MONTANO LAUNCHES THE KING OF SOCA

M

achel Montano's eagerly awaited biography, The King of Soca has launched. The tell-all biography takes us inside the life and 40-year musical career of the soca superstar and is written by'the ultimate insider' his mother, Elizabeth ‘Lady’ Montano. The launch was hosted by Facebook's head of diversity, Maxine Williams, on 26 July, and was shared via YouTube, Facebook and CNC3. Joining the man himself at the launch were Farmer Nappy, Penelope Spencer, Keegan Maharaj and other entertainers. The King of Soca is available now at bookstores in Trinidad or via www.kingofsoca.com.

FOR MORE VISIT SOCANEWS.COM/NEWS


FIND YOUR ROLE ENGINEERING

Engineering Officer Aerosystems Aircraft Technician Avionics Aircraft Technician Mechanical Vehicle and Mechanical Equipment Technician Weapon Technician General Technician Workshops RAF Electrician Survival Equipment Specialist Photographer

CYBERSPACE

Engineering Officer (Communications and Electronics Cyberspace Communication Specialist Communications Infrastructure Technician Joint Cyber Unit*

SECURITY AND RESILIENCE OPERATIONS

RAF Regiment Officer RAF Police Officer Personnel Training Officer RAF Regiment Gunner RAF Police Physical Training Instructor Firefighter

LEGAL

Legal Officer

INTELLIGENCE

Intelligence Officer Intelligence Analyst Intelligence Analyst (Linguist)

MEDICAL SERVICES

Medical Officer – Doctor Nursing Officer Medical Support Officer Medical Support Officer – Environmental Health Medical Support Officer – Physiotherapist Medical Support Officer – Pharmacy* Dental Officer Registered Nurse (Adult) Registered Nurse (Mental Health) Student Nurse RAF Medic Environmental Health Practitioner Operating Department Practitioner Radiographer Biomedical Scientist Pharmacy Technician Dental Nurse

PEOPLE OPERATIONS

People Operations Officer People Operations Media Operations Officer* Media Operations*

LOGISTICS

Logistics Officer Chef Air and Ground Steward Supplier Mover Driver Musician

AIRCREW

Pilot including Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Weapons Systems Officer Non-Commissioned Officer Weapons Systems Operator

AIR & SPACE OPERATIONS

Air Operations (Control) Officer Air Operations (Systems) Officer Air Traffic and Weapons Controller Air and Space Operations Specialist Air Cartographer Flight Operations Manager*

CHAPLAINCY

Chaplain

*only available as an RAF Reserve Role

Search RAF Recruitment

0345 605 5555 /rafrecruitment

Excellent starting salary and career progression Guaranteed job after successful training Gain civilian-recognised qualifications Correct at time of publication 07/2022

@RAF_Recruitment

SN AUG 2022 9


NEWS

JOOCIE THURSDAY TO OPEN NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2022

T

riniboi Joocie will be headlining 'Joocie Thursday' in his role as Notting Hill Carnival ambassador, at Subterania in Ladbroke Grove. The artist - known for Mosh Pit, Sauce, Quarantine, Bottle Over Head and Mr Counsellor - has gained an impressive following worldwide. He’ll perform with a live band and be introducing Wetty Beats, Rae, Just Vibez, Serocee and DJ Candy Pop. Triniboi Joocie said, “Being one of the artistes that promotes British culture, it’s important that we have a homegrown concert that represents the diaspora and also represents homegrown talent. I have been doing the concerts for two years before Covid. I made the decision to shift it to during the Carnival weekend - I call it the opening ceremony to Notting Hill Carnival, showcasing what we have here.” Joocie Thursday on Thursday 25 August at Subterania, 12 Acklam Rd, London W10 5QZ. Doors open 7pm. For tickets, visit AllTheTickets.net. 10 SN AUG 2022

THE FRONTLINE: THE UNHEARD OF NOTTING HILL, IN THEIR OWN WORDS

I

shmahil Blagrove’s new book, The Frontline, is subtitled, ‘A story of struggle, resistance and black identity in Notting Hill’. The book, by the editor of Carnival, focuses on Notting Hill’s black communities, specifically the people of All Saints Road - the 'Frontline' of the title - over four decades of the area’s history to 1999. At 800 pages this beautifully produced volume is a mighty piece of work, as well as a compulsive read. The book comprises short extracts from countless hours of interviews. This is real history by real people; the (mostly) unheard have been given their voice. Become immediately absorbed. The Frontline, edited by Ishmahil Blagrove, costs £25 from Rice & Peas. ISBN 978 0 9545293 3 8. Email: info@ricenpeas.com; tel: 020 7243 9191.


SN AUG 2022 11


FEATURE

HONOURING THE INVENTOR OF SOCA RAS SHORTY I WORDS | ANNEL BEAUSOLEIL

12 SN AUG 2022

M

ulti-talented musician Garfield Blackman, better known as Ras Shorty I, was commemorated in a ceremony in San Fernando, Trinidad, on Thursday 28 July. The ceremony was to rename Short Street, that connects High Street with Pointe-a-Pierre Road, as Ras Shorty I Street. Mayor of the city of San Fernando, Junia Regrello, along with the children and extended family of the music legend, gathered at the street corner to witness the unveiling of the new sign. Derron Attz of the Torrance Mohammed Foundation, who chaired the unveiling ceremony, explained that the foundation has a mission to expand knowledge, understanding and appreciation of arts and culture, and as such had determined that Ras Shorty I should be recognised, albeit 22 years after his passing. Crediting Attz for the sign, the musician’s eldest daughter, Abbi


"HE CREATED NO FEWER THAN THREE GENRES OF MUSIC: SOCA, CHUTNEY-SOCA AND JAMOO" Blackman, observed, “Nothing happens before its time.” Unfortunately, the sign was misspelt, but Abbi explained that the tears of the family were not brought on by the mishap but by the fact that her father had been recognised in such a momentous way. The mayor acknowledged the error and promised that the sign will be corrected. Issac, Damon, Marge, Abbi and Nihelette honoured their father at the ceremony by performing his well-known hits including Om Shanti Om and Watch Out My Children. The latter was adopted by the United Nations as the theme song for its campaign against the proliferation of drug abuse. A measure of Ras Shorty I’s talent is that he created no fewer than three genres of music: soca, chutney-soca and jamoo. His peers in the calypso fraternity acknowledge his contribution to the calypso and soca artforms. Shorty I fathered 23 children, and he passed his talent on to the next generation. Along with his wife, the late Claudette Blackman, he created a generation of musical wealth. Abbi stated: “Shorty I took us [his children] out of school to do music. He said the system was not geared for artistic children. His focus was on learning different instruments, singing, composing, music engineering and so much more.” Issac is known for his hits such as To The Ceiling and Blessing Me, while Marge received worldwide recognition when she teamed up on the track Touch The Ground with Machel Montano at the recent Mahashivratri celebrations in India. Soca artist Nailah Blackman, Ras Shorty I’s granddaughter, paid tribute to him in her 2018 song Sokah. Abbi revealed that after his death the family petitioned five different Ministers of Culture to open a museum and school of music and arts, preferably in his home town of Piparo or in San Fernando, but so far without success. Nevertheless, his children have pledged to continue their campaign for the museum and school as a way to pass on their father’s legacy. SN AUG 2022 13


FEATURE

• THE MIGHTY TIGER

PHOTOGRAPHER | STEPHEN SPARK

CALYPSO

C

FROM ABC TO ACASA WORDS | STEPHEN SPARK

alypso music has had a presence in Britain for more than a century. Calypsonians serving in the armed forces trained - and doubtless sang - in Sussex in the First World War, and a few stayed on afterwards, performing in clubs through the 1920s and 30s. The arrival in Tilbury of Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) aboard HMT Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948 gave calypso a well-publicised boost as he stepped off the ship singing London is the Place for Me. Calypso remained popular throughout the 1950s, but it was a music in exile and limited, in the 14 SN AUG 2022

main, to occasional performances at shows or in clubs and restaurants; there was no organisation to represent its interests. So it remained for the next 30 years, as calypsonians found themselves sidelined and ripped off even by Notting Hill Carnival’s organisers. In response to these challenges, Trinidadian businessman Al Hector founded in 1986 the ambitiously named European Association of Calypsonians (EAC). Early members were Mighty Tiger (Ashton Moore), Mighty Explorer (Horace Blake), Lord Cloak (Errol Brown) and Mighty Astronaut (Derryck Neckles).


• EXPLAINER, LCT 2004

PHOTOGRAPHER | STEPHEN SPARK

The EAC did not long survive Al Hector’s death in 1990, but by then barrister Claire Holder had taken over the reins at Notting Hill Carnival and she suggested the calypsonians set up a new organisation. One was certainly needed – the 1991 Calypso Monarch Semi-Finals were held in the carnival office and, because there was no money for a band, the calypsonians had to accompany themselves by banging on a table! Infuriated by the disrespect they felt had been shown both to them and to the music, Astronaut, Explorer, Cloak and Tiger set up the Association of British Calypsonians. The ABC soon found both its mark and its home: the first London Calypso Tent was held on Friday 7 August 1992 at the Yaa Asantewaa Centre in Chippenham Mews, Maida Vale. Under Mighty Tiger’s benign ‘dictatorship’ (his words), the ABC went from strength to strength, introducing a junior calypso competition and exchange programmes with Trinidadian juniors. In 2008 the London Tent moved to a grander stage at the Tabernacle, run by Carnival Village Trust, and

‘the Tab’ remains the Tent’s home to this day. ABC President for Life Mighty Tiger passed away on 15 January 2017, and later that year the organisation changed its name to the Association of Calypsonians UK (ACUK), which, it was felt, better reflected the group’s membership. The ABC/ACUK silver jubilee was celebrated with a special concert, workshops, exhibition and publication of an 80page commemorative book, Calypso in London. In little over a year, ACUK transformed again into ACASA – the Association of Calypsonians and Soca Artistes, which more accurately covers its members’ musical styles. After a successful 2019 season, ACASA was hit, like everyone else, by the disruptions of the Covid plague, and only managed to put on a couple of placeholder events in 2021 after a barren year in 2020. The return of ACASA’s artists to the Tabernacle stage on 24 March 2022 marked, many calypso and soca fans hope, the start of a new beginning for the music in its adopted city of London.

SN AUG 2022 15


SOCA

PEOPLE

FAKEKOU WORDS | RADEYA OSMAN

F

akekou (Sterling Callender) aka Kou is a brilliant, hardcore London-based soca artist from Marabella, South Trinidad. His passion is simply to make and perform soca music. With a career spanning 15 years and counting, Kou has made and released well-crafted songs including collaborations with DJs and producers such as Herbertskillz and Dr Lord Nelson. Some of his tracks include Roll & Wine (2015), Gimme Som (2016), Ah Too Old (2019) and Not A Problem ft SupaSokah (2022). We asked Fakekou a few questions. Can you describe your childhood in Marabella in three words?

Funny, educational and dangerous.

Did you face any hindrance from your family when you decided to pursue a career in music?

No. My family has always been supportive and they still are in my new endeavours. How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected your creativity as a musician?

It was negative in some ways, but it’s also been very positive. I got some time to reflect and reinvent myself, and wrote some new material. You collaborated with Lord Nelson on your song Ah Too Old, How did that collaboration come about? Would you say it has paved the way for you, musically speaking?

I was working in the legendary home studio in Brooklyn, and one of Sparrow’s former keyboardists started to sing the hook to the instrumental that was playing. Right away, I started freestyling and started to write. I was originally on it alone, but something was missing so I reached out to (Papa) Lord Nelson. When he heard it, he agreed to do a remix. The last time we spoke (August 2019), you were working on launching your website and T-shirt line. How did those go? 16 SN AUG 2022

Yes, I launched the line, and decided to take it seriously this year by using this carnival season to push and promote the brand. What are some of the new tracks you have released post-Covid, and where can your fans find them?

I've released three songs this year: Ah To Old (remix), Disco Daddy Afrobeat (remix) and Not Ah Problem; they can be found on my Youtube channel.

As a Trinidadian artist based in London, how challenging was it to connect with your fans in Trinidad during the pandemic?

It's been very challenging, since I am not really a social media person. I am a one-on-one, hands-on type of guy.

After about a decade of music, what industry advice would you give to upcoming artists? What would you tell them to focus on?

Enjoy the journey, believe in yourself, stay grounded and give thanks. What new projects can we look forward to? Are there any teasers for our readers about what is to come for Kou?

Yes, but I really can't talk about it until the ink dries. I would let the moves and music talk for itself. All I can say is, watch this space. If your fans want to touch base, how can they connect with you?

All social media outlets. Instagram, YouTube and Facebook and soon my website, which is under construction.

You can find Fakekou performing alongside guest artists DJ Bignito from New York City and DJ Multiple from Angola on Saturday 20 and Saturday 27 August at XO Club & Bar, in Northolt, Middlesex UB5 5AW (next to A312/A40 junction; nearest station Northolt, Central Line).


SN AUG 2022 17


SOCA

PEOPLE

VIKING DING DONG WORDS | RADEYA OSMAN

V

iking Ding Dong and a venue is all you need to get the party started! For more than 16 years Viking Ding Dong - Andre Houlder - has made a name for himself in the music industry by relentlessly pushing boundaries and breaking through borders. He segued from working as a radio announcer on Trinidad’s number one drive-time radio show to playing on world stages with top soca and dancehall artists. At the 2020 Trinidad Carnival opener, Soka In Moka, Ding Dong declared himself the sexiest big belly man in soca. He certainly hasn’t allowed his body size get in the way of giving his fans electrifying performances whenever he goes on stage. Ding Dong has showcased his talent in many countries including the USA, Canada, the UK and throughout the Caribbean. His music catalogue has evolved over the years with songs including Stay In Yuh Lane (2018), the 2020 Carnival hit song We Outside, Hornin’ First (2021), Leave it Alone (2022), Bad Chargie (2022) featuring Machel Montano and Boatride Anthem. In February this year, Ding Dong was unveiled as the new ambassador of Fresh Juice for Life, a family-owned juice brand in Trinidad. He will lead the company’s marketing campaign for the period of his ambassadorial deal. The DJ, artist and entrepreneur will be live on stage on Notting Hill Carnival Saturday 27 August at Oui Fete, taking place at 26 Leake Street, London SE1 7NN (under Waterloo station). For more information, visit socanews. com/events.

18 SN AUG 2022


SN AUG 2022 19


MUSIC NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL PLAYLIST POWERED BY

HERE IS JUST A SMALL SELECTION OF TRACKS YOU ARE SURE TO HEAR IN THE FETES AND ON THE ROAD DURING THE TWO DAYS OF NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2022. THE TRACK LIST IS PROVIDED BY CREDABLE OR RELEASE D RIDDIM.

FINALLY • V’GHN

OU DOU

• SHEMMY J X EDWIN

ENTRANCE

EVA READY RIDDIM • BOYZIE

TOTTI HEAD BAD

HIGH

VANGUARD RIDDIM • JAB KING

EAT MAN MONEY • 4-1 BAND

IN THE WATER

WETTER FETE RIDDIM • SUHRAWH & CHOW MINISTER

CHAINING DAY RIDDIM • LIL NATTY & THUNDA

MAUBY

RADAR

RING DING

CHAINING DAY RIDDIM • LIL KERRY & DASH

MASH UP

• BRUCELEE ALMIGHTEE • KING BUBBA

DOWN DEY

• BLAXX

UNCLE JOE RIDDIM • GBM

OUT & BAD

MIND MY BUSINESS

ANYTHING

TAKE BAMBOO

• VOICE

• TIMEKA MARSHALL + COLLEGE BOY JESSE

PLACE TURN OVA PANDEMIC ROAD RIDDIM • GRABBA FINESSE

REL (REAL) MASH UP

• PATRICE ROBERTS

DUTTY DUTTY RIDDIM • MELICK & BOOGY RANKSS

SOMETHING SPECIAL BUDDY PASS RIDDIM • FAY-ANN LYONS-ALVAREZ

PANDEMIC ROAD RIDDIM • LAVAMAN X MR KILLA X DONNELL

HAPPY PAPI

MAD GOVERNMENT

• MACHEL MONTANO

• MIRROR DAN

DANGER

• SKINNY FABULOUS & PROBLEM CHILD

20 SN AUG 2022

HAPPY PAPI RIDDIM

BOATRIDE ANTHEM

THE BEAST RIDDIM • DJ PRIVATE RYAN + VIKING DING DONG


RADIO SHOWS + STREAMS

LISTENING TO THE RADIO IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO SOCA MUSIC. THERE ARE A MYRIAD OF STREAMS AVAILABLE. BUT WE’VE LISTED ONLY THE MORE PERMANENT SOCA SHOWS.

Monday

Friday

1Am GMT

6pm GMT

Big Hitz and Classics BIG IRIE SOUNDS The Frontline Radio flrradio.com

The French Soca Connection DJ DUTTY FREAK The Frontline Radio flrradio.com

Wednesday

8-11pm GMT

Soca and Cocktails

9-11pm GMT

The RDR show

DJ Credable Bakahnal Radio bakahnalradio.co.uk

DJ Lokdwn I Chunes Radio tun.in/se22k

9-11pm GMT

Friday Night Party

Thursday 7-9pm GMT

The Breakaway Show DJ Digga D Bakahnal Radio bakahnalradio.co.uk

DJ Cjay Caribbean Sessions caribbeansessions.co.uk

Saturday 12pm-2pm GMT

The Super Soca Show

8-11pm GMT

AAA Badboy & Dub Boy, Atki2 (At Key Two) and Jonsey Wales Ujima 98FM ujimaradio.com

Soca 2d World DJ Rockshun I Chunes Radio tun.in/se22k

1am GMT

Move with DJ Ree DJ Ree The Frontline Radio flrradio.com

12pm-2pm GMT

Soca is We

DJ Piper Roots FM 95.4 ukrootsfm.com

NOT ON THIS LIST?

SUBMIT YOUR DETAILS TO INFO@SOCANEWS.COM

2pm-4pm GMT

Soca is We

DJ Piper Flo Radio floradio.co.uk

5-7pm GMT

The Mighty Hitman Show DJ D’Mighty Hitman The Frontline Radio flrradio.com

Sunday 12pm-2pm GMT

The Caribbean Affair DJ Martin Jay Bakahnal Radio bakahnalradio.co.uk

12pm-2pm GMT

Soca and Chutney Sunday DJ sweet.k Lock Down Radio UK lockdownradiouk.com

5pm-7pm GMT

Lush Soca Sundays

Ché In The MIXX Robbo Ranx Radio robboranx.com/listenlive

9Pm GMT

The Krooshall Factor

Krooshall The Frontline Radio flrradio.com

11Pm GMT

The Sunday Lyme D'Ranger The Frontline Radio flrradio.com

other streams | Caribbean Sessions caribbeansessions.co.uk/radio Team Soca teamsoca.com | Bakahnal Radio bakahnalradio.co.uk The Frontline Radio flrradio.com SN AUG 2022 21


FEATURE

WHAT IS

SOCA?

D

uring the 1970s, the popularity of calypso waned, and what took its place was a lively uptempo kind of music with a mixture of calypso, Indian music, American soul, funk and disco. Soca had influences from gospel music, Indian instruments, funk, African spirituals and reggae. Unlike the social commentary and political assatire of calypso, soca is more concerned with people having a good time. By 1974 the musical lyrics of great artists such as Ras Shorty I’s Endless Vibration and Soul of Calypso had helped to make soca music international. Shorty I experimented with Indian instruments such as the dhantal, tabla and dholak to belt out the first stream of soca music. In the beginning, like calypso, soca was used to provoke social commentary and humour, but soon the more risqué business of wining and jamming took over the new sound. Many argue that the lyrics of soca are less appealing than its contemporary calypso, but needless to say it took over the streets and is more widely played now than calypso, which is now for the most part found exclusively in the calypso tents. As with all music, people have experimented with soca over the years, and this has produced fusion genres such as ragga soca, chutney soca and soca parang. Some of the greatest soca artists are Machel Montano, Shadow and Super Blue, whose music is now internationally known and who have allowed Trinidadian artists to be recognised as international entertainers. Soca is the staple of the Road March, which is the song played the most times on the road on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. It is also the song played most times by DJs on the radio and in fetes (parties) leading up to Carnival.

FOR MORE ON SOCA VISIT SOCANEWS.COM

22 SN AUG 2022


SN AUG 2022 23


NOTTING HILL

CARNIVAL

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2022 BACK ON THE ROAD AT LAST WORDS | STEPHEN SPARK

Notting Hill Carnival is back where it belongs. That was the message that came over loud and strong at The Tabernacle on 21 July, when the programme for 2022 was announced.

M

any forces have tried to push Carnival off the road – politicians, police, residents, safety ‘experts’, to name a few – but in the end it was the one we couldn’t see that reduced us to wining in front of a screen for two years running. A miserable little virus succeeded where shaven-headed bigots and grey-suited killjoys had failed. Now it’s Covid’s time to cry, as Carnival hits the road again in all its glorious feathered and fantastical extravagance. But are our bodies ‘bacchanal ready’? Fetestarved and not exactly ‘Living la Vida Soca’, some of us have been out of practice and wondering how we’ll cope with hours on the road in real life. But trust me: once the big truck starts pumping out those soca beats, you’ll move… and keep on moving, come rain or shine, till the boys in blue say it’s time to shift our feet off the street!

LONDON CALYPSO TENT It’s not all jump-up riddims though, and you should take some time out to listen to the lyrics men and women at the London Calypso Tent, where we’ll hear a mix of soca and true kaiso rhythms. Remember, this is our homegrown talent, so it deserves our support. The Tent is run by the Association of Calypsonians and Soca Artistes. After keeping calypso alive in a cold climate for three decades, it’s strange that ACASA doesn’t receive more recognition and lacks long-term funding to assure its future and fulfil ambitious plans for development. In the meantime, ACASA is putting on a cutdown three-night tent season at The Tabernacle, Powis Square W11 2AY on the following Fridays: 12 August (kaiso nostalgia); 19 August (groovy soca); and 26 August (Pearl Anniversary celebration and awards). It’s always good fun, and amazing value too. Shows start at 7.30pm. CONTINUES

24 SN AUG 2022


SN AUG 2022 25


NOTTING HILL

CARNIVAL There’s more kaiso, plus steelpan too, for free at a ‘Pre-Carnival Launch’ at The Tabernacle from 7.30pm to 10.30pm on Saturday 13 August. That follows on from BAS’s Steel the Show on the Tab’s doorstep in Powis Square (also free). In this celebration of young steelpan players, 10 bands each take a turn to play for five minutes. There are five rounds, each showcasing a different genre of music. The format works really well and generates lots of excitement as the audience moves from one part of venue to another to enjoy a taste of up-and-coming pan talent. The bands set to appear are Croydon SO, Ebony SB, Endurance SO, Glissando SO, Mangrove SB, Metronomes SO, New Generation SO, St Michael & All Angels SO, Southside Harmonics and Sussex Steel.

CARNIVAL CULTURE IN THE PARK From Wednesday 17th all eyes and ears will be on Opera Holland Park for Carnival Culture in the Park. We start off with Steelband Summer, featuring 2021’s protagonists Ebony and Mangrove plus Endurance SO and Pan Nation. The sweet sound of steel will once again be complemented by the soaring voice of Trinidadian soprano Anne Fridal. Thursday was meant to have been devoted to calypso and mas, but sadly that show has been cancelled, so we move on to Friday 19 August, which is dedicated to Pan Jazz. The stage will be taken over by the Engine Room Collective - steelpan virtuosi Andre White, Samuel Dubois, Carlene ‘Sweet Wrists’ Etienne, Deborah ‘Pan Diva’ Eden, Duvone Stewart and Annise ‘Haffers’ Hadeed. Unfortunately, this show clashes with the second night of the Calypso Tent - a double blow for the calypso artform. Opera Holland Park is a cultural focal point for West London, so it’s exactly the right spot to host the composer of High Mas, Haiti and Calypso Music. King David Rudder will bless us all with his unforgettable music on Saturday 20 August. Whether or not OHP gives us Permission to Mash Up the Place you can be sure it will be Madness in de park on Saturday night! The first two shows start at 7.30pm and the Rudder show on the 20th at 8pm. Leave plenty of time to reach the park, as rail and tube strikes are scheduled from Thursday to Saturday.

DAVID RUDDER

CONTINUES

26 SN AUG 2022


SN AUG 2022 27


NOTTING HILL

CARNIVAL

Route Map

28 SN AUG 2022


YOU CAN GET YOUR BOUNTY ON AT ANY OF THE VENUES AND DATES LISTED BELOW THE BEACHCOMBER TIKI BAR & HOUSE OF RHUM AGRICOLE 86 QUEENSWAY, W2 3RR Take Away Frozen Chairman’s Reserve, Rhum Clement and Bounty Rum cocktails on the Sunday & Monday carnival days. Pre-party: Saturday 27th and After Party: Sunday 28th & Monday 29th. BEACH BLANKET BABYLON 45 LEDBURY ROAD, W11 2AA Take Away Cocktails: Bounty Rum Punch & Rhum Clement Punch. TRAILER HAPPINESS 177 PORTOBELLO ROAD, W11 2DY After Party: Sunday 28th August.

#ITSBOUNTYTIME WWW.BOUNTYRUM.COM

SN AUG 2022 29


NOTTING HILL

CARNIVAL PANORAMA Carnival weekend itself starts on Friday evening with the calypso monarch final. The next afternoon, from 4pm devotees will start their pilgrimage to Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance to stand in awe before that shrine to steelpan power and glory, the Panorama stage. This year’s titans of steel are Croydon SO, Ebony SB, Mangrove SB (defending champions), Metronomes SO and Pan Nation. Panorama is as much a social as a musical occasion, a chance to lime with a beer in your hand and a bite to eat to see you through to midnight. Large screens (plural, we’re told) should make viewing easier, and the sometimes lengthy intervals while one band moves out and the next sets up will be filled by music from the resident DJs. Yes, we all know that once upon a time Panorama was free to attend, but don’t complain too loudly about the price because the ticket money is split among the performing bands and they darn well deserve it. Hopefully, this will make it possible for more bands to take part in coming years, which can only be a good thing.

J'OUVERT Talking of a good thing, Sunday morning brings us to J'Ouvert. Pan, paint, powder, oil, horns, chains and who knows what? Anything can happen at J'Ouvert, which is what makes it such a delight. It’s a time of joyous freedom from convention – and also from the crowds and barriers that constrict Carnival itself. The early hours, just after dawn, are when the spirits come out… of a flask! So get up early (or just fete the night away) and get yourself to Canal Way, at the north end of Ladbroke Grove, by about 6am. Slowly, a crowd mysteriously materialises, seemingly out of nowhere, and then the strains of pan resolve themselves out of the mist and a truck lumbers down the road trailing behind it creatures of the night. There’s no more magical moment to be had in London. If you do nothing else for Carnival, do J'Ouvert.

30 SN AUG 2022

CARNIVAL SUNDAY: CHILDREN'S DAY But Carnival waits for no man or woman, and even if you’re still sticky with red and yellow paint or as dusty as a walking flour bag, it won’t be long before the pretty mas comes out to play - because from 10.30am on Carnival Sunday we’re officially in Children’s Carnival. These days that’s a bit of a misnomer, because there seems to be as much adult – sometimes very adult! – dutty mas as kids’ costumes. After the worthy but dull opening ceremony in Great Western Road is over, the crowds first trickle, then pour, out of the Underground, creating a human flood in this very special corner of West London. Static sounds and barbecues fire up and fill the side streets with sound and smoke. And suddenly you find yourself in the belly of the ram-jam, baffling, glittering, fire-breathing beast that is Notting Hill Carnival!


SN AUG 2022 31


NOTTING HILL

CARNIVAL AND FINALLY…

CARNIVAL MONDAY: ADULTS' DAY And so, somehow, we reach the climax of it all: Carnival Monday, the culmination of, in this case, three extraordinary, frustrating, sometimes frightening years of anticipation and uncertainty. Can it be true? Are we really in Grove, hearing soca coming over the top of the hill and down the road? But the underlying impending-earthquake rumble of bass from 100 sound systems, static and revolving round us, is definitely real! So too is the smell of 10,000 jerked chickens grilling, the powerful kick of someone’s rum punch sliding down your throat, the illegal wine in that bikiniand-beads band in front of you and the unmistakable feeling that normal life, with its cares and distractions, has been suspended for a few heady hours, when anything just might be possible.

32 SN AUG 2022

If you’re reading this and are new to Carnival in London there are a few things to remember. First: comfortable shoes! Second: you’re welcome, you’re safe and you’re among friends (even if you don’t know us yet). We’re here to have a good time and to express ourselves, so don’t worry, be happy. Remember, this is Carnival, so it runs to its own time. When you’re jammed up, just chill; eventually the squeeze will ease and you’ll get moving again. Because this is not a show, people in mas (costume) bands are not “performers” or “carnival dancers”, whatever the media might say. We are masqueraders, and we pay to play our mas. If there’s a party on the road, it’s our party and we paid for our tickets, so please don’t barge in unless you’re invited. And this is London, not Port of Spain or anywhere else, so it’s no use complaining “it isn’t like home”. As the old slogan had it, Notting Hill Carnival is "we ting”. And on that note, we leave the last word to London Mayor Sadiq Khan: “Notting Hill Carnival showcases the spirit and soul of our city and the values we all hold so dear and reminds us that our city’s greatest strength is in our diversity, vibrancy and energy.” For once, a politician speaks the truth

TICKETED EVENTS • London Calypso Tent tickets: one night £10; two nights £15; three nights £20. From: britishcalypsonians@gmail.com; tel: 07712 894518, 07538 970160; web: www. britishcalypsonians.com. • Carnival Culture in the Park tickets: 17 and 19 August £15; 20 August £18. From https://opera hollandpark.com/productions/carnival-culturein-the-park-2/; box office: 0300 999 1000; info: 020 3846 6222. If you booked tickets for 18 Aug, you should already have received a refund; if not, email info@operahollandpark.com. • Panorama tickets: £20; kids £7; under 5s free. From nhcarnival.org.


DELICIOUS

jamaican

PATTIES

and introducing...

GET PATTY

#LoveDemPatties #LetsGetCookin SN AUG 2022 33


34 SN AUG 2022


EVENTS NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL POWERED BY

DON’T KNOW WHERE TO GO, OR WHAT TO DO?

Our events listing is all you need to keep you in the know. We cover predominately London, but whenever or wherever we hear about a soca fete or Caribbean related event, we’ll list it. If you’re a promoter, then to ensure you get listed please send us your event details and a copy of your flyer to events@socanews.co.uk. FOR OUR FULL EVENT LISTINGS, VISIT SOCANEWS.COM/EVENTS

AUG 2022 FRI 12 AUG ASSOCIATION OF CALYPSONIANS & SOCA ARTISTS UK (ACASA)

KAISO NOSTALGIA NIGHT

@ The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, W11 2AY. Time 7-11pm. Price £10-£20.

SOCA MADHOUSE

SAT 13 AUG

@ Canvas, Unit 5, Circle Square, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 7HB. Feat. Bunji Garlin. Time 10pm-4am. Price £11- £27, motd.

CARNIVAL VILLAGE TRUST

SOCA MADHOUSE MANCHESTER BUNJI GARLIN

SOCANEWS.COM /EVENTS

STEEL THE SHOW

@ Powis Square, W11 2AY. Info The Youth takeover, 12 bands, 5 rounds, 5 mins, 5 genres. Time 12-7pm. Price Free.

SN AUG 2022 35


EVENTS FOR MORE EVENTS

SOCANEWS.COM/EVENTS KJM ENTERTAINMENT

WETT AND STICKY JOUVERT

@ The Packhorse, Watling Street, Dunstable, LU6 3QU. Music By DJ Bones, DJ Keey, Hypa Kellz, Hyper Spice, KSplash, Monsta sound, QT 2Hype & Ramon G. Time 1pm-2am. Price £20. JUST VIBEZ

JUST VIBEZIN

@ Greenwich Peninsula, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0SQ. Time 1-10pm. Price Free.

SUN 14 AUG CARNIVAL CONCIERGE & RDR

BACKYARD JAM

@ Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ. Time 1-11pm. Price Free with Online Registration. GT EMPIRES

PRE-CARNIVAL BRUNCH & PARTY

@ Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, BR3 3SR. Feat. Brother B, Mr Gold’N & Gucci Boss. MC Martin Jay. Music By Credable (Release D Riddim), DJ 50, DJ Guff Nuff, DJ Triple M, QT 2Hype. Time 1pm-12am. Price £33.

'AFROUTOPIA BRIXTON' ZOUK SOCA AFRO FETE

@ Chip Shop Bar & Grill, 378 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF. Feat. Alpha, & MC Mweh. Time 4pm-12am. Price Free. COCOYEA LONDON

CARNIVAL POP UP LIME

@ Canal Bar, Dingwalls, East Yard, 11 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AL. Music By ChéInTheMIXX, DJ Piper & Smokey Joe. Time 4-11pm. Price £5.

MORE EVENTS

SOCANEWS.COM /EVENTS 36 SN AUG 2022

TUE 16 AUG RUM INSURRECTION

NATIONAL RUM DAY

@ Limin Beach Club, Gabriel's Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, SE1 9PP. Time 5-9pm. Price £35 includes - Tasting glass, samples of each rum, masterclasses, Caribbean canapés.

WED 17 AUG CARNIVAL VILLAGE TRUST

STEELBAND SUMMER

@ Opera Holland Park Theatre, Ilchester Place, W8 6LU. Feat. Ebony, Endurance, Mangrove and Pan Nation. Time 7-10pm Price £15.

FRI 19 AUG CARNIVAL VILLAGE TRUST

PAN JAZZ

@ Opera Holland Park Theatre, Ilchester Place, W8 6LU. Feat. Andre White, Samuel Dubois, Carlene “Sweet Wrists” Etienne, Deborah “Pan Diva” Eden, Duvone Stewart & Annise “Haffers” Hadeed. Time 7-10pm. Price £15. ASSOCIATION OF CALYPSONIANS & SOCA ARTISTS UK (ACASA)

SOCA & GROOVY NIGHT

@The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, W11 2AY. Time 7-11pm. Price £10-£20.

REBEL INTERNATIONAL

REBEL II

@ Crouch Valley Showground, A1245, Rayleigh, SS6 7FQ. Time 3-10pm Price £40-£140. DJ MARKEE

SOCA ADDICT

@ Fairway Pavilion, West Middlesex Golf Club, Greenford Road, UB1 3EE. Time 3-9pm. Price £55- £65. CARNIVAL VILLAGE TRUST

A NIGHT WITH DAVID RUDDER

@ Opera Holland Park Theatre, Ilchester Place, W8 6LU. Feat. David Rudder. Time 7-10pm. Price £18

SUN 21 AUG CARNIVAL CONCIERGE & RDR

BACKYARD JAM

@ Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ. Time 1-11pm. Price Free with online registration. MAWNIN BREAKFAST

MAWNIN PREMIUM BREAKFAST FETE

@ Island Vibez Kitchen, Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, E15 1BN. Time 9am-3pm. Price £15-£25. MINGLEUK

MINGLE BOATRIDE SOLD OUT

SOCA MADHOUSE

DJ EMRON

@ The Prince Of Wales (POW), 469 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 8HH. Feat. Hypasounds. Time 10-4am. Price £11-£24.

@ Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, SE25 6PT. Time 2-8pm. Price Free.

HYPASOUNDS

SAT 20 AUG PARTY LIT UK

PARTY LIT BIKINI CRUISE @ Blackfriars Pier, White Lion Hill, EC4V 3QR. Time 12-5pm. Price £30-£40.

GUYANESE FAMILY & FRIENDS

WED 24 AUG JADEL & RAE

GIRL POWER UK

@ Windrush Bar, 184 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7JD. Feat. Jadel & Rae. Hosted


By Marsha & Ruth (Pon Di Road). Music By Candy Pop, Dilligent Lee, Hyper Spice, Ms Riri. Time 6-11pm. Price £15-£20. CARIB NATION

WELCOME TO CARNIVAL 2022 @ Boxpark Shoreditch, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY. Time 7-11pm. Price Free. SOCA PARTY UK

ACTIVATE

@ Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, N1 9NL. Feat. Jagwa De Champ. Time 10pm-4am. Price £10-£25.

CARNIVAL THU 25 AUG BUSSPEPPER PROMOTIONS

CARNIVAL COOKOUT

@ Egg London, 5-13 Vale Royal, N7 9AP. Time 6-12am. Price £15-£30. TRINIBOI JOOCIE

JOOCIE THURSDAY

@ Subterania, 12 Acklam Road, W10 5QZ. Feat. Triniboi Joocie. Music By Candy Pop, DJ Serocee & Just Vibez. Time 7-11pm. Price £11-£24. TABOO XPERIENCE

QUEENS OF THE CARIBBEAN

@ Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, E1 0HX. Feat. Spice, Alison Hinds, Nadia Batson, Fay-Ann Lyons & Nailah Blackman. Time 7-11pm. Price from £45. DJ SHAKER HD

AMBIANCE D’ARMOUR CARNIVAL BOAT PARTY

@ Festival Pier, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XZ. Time 8pm-12am. Price £25-£35. REMEDY EVENTS

AMNESIA CARNIVAL CRUISE EVENING BOAT

@ Tower Millennium Pier, EC3N 4DT. Time 8pm-12am. Price £35. SN AUG 2022 37


EVENTS FOR MORE EVENTS

SOCANEWS.COM/EVENTS SYNC PARTIES

SUNSET – THE ULTIMATE CARNIVAL EXPERIENCE

@ Shaka Zulu, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AB. Time 9pm-3am. Price £15-£25. RELEASE D RIDDIM

GLOW UK

ASSOCIATION OF CALYPSONIANS & SOCA ARTISTS UK (ACASA)

CALYPSO & SOCA CELEBRATION AND AWARDS NIGHT

@ The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY. Time 7-11pm. Price £10-£20.

@ Fire, 39 Parry Street, SW8 1RT. Time 10pm-5am. Price £10-£15.

CARIBBEAN'S IN LONDON

SPECIALIST ENTERTAINMENT

@ Adulis Lounge, 44 Brixton Road, SW9 6BT. Time 10pm-3am. Price £10-£20.

SOCALICIOUS

@ The Hatch Club, 23 Lewisham Way, SE14 6PP. Time 11pm-5am. Price £10-£15.

CARNIVAL FRI 26 AUG DJ PRIVATE RYAN

SOCA STARTER UK

ZOUK LOVE LONDON – CARNIVAL EDITION

BUSSPEPPER PROMOTIONS

BACCHANAL FRIDAY

@ Electric Brixton, SW2 1RJ. Music By Private Ryan, DJ Puffy, Shep Beats & MC Stiffler. Time 11pm-5am. Price £31.

@ 26 Leake Street, SE1 7NN. Time 8am-1pm. Price £20-£40.

CARNIVAL SAT 27 AUG

MARTIN JAY

LIVE IN LOVE EVENTS

@ Festival Pier, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XZ. Music By Dr Jay, Martin Jay & Prince Vern. Time 12-4pm. Price £20-£30.

@ Dutch Master, Tower Pier, Time 11:45am-4:15pm. Price £45.

BIG PEOPLE’S BOAT RIDE

INTERNATIONAL STEPHEN

PAPARAZZI MEETS BRIGHT COLOURS – SOCA BOAT CRUISE @ Westminster Millennium Pier, Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2JH. Music By International Stephen. Time 1-6pm. Price £30. SCORCH X SHIPWRECKED

SCORCH SUMMER CRUISE @ Tower Millennium Pier, EC3N 4DT. Time 1-6pm. Price £45+. EMURGY ENTERTAINMENT

PON DE FLOOR

@ Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST. Time 4pm-1am. Price £16-£21. DREAMLAND ENTERTAINMENT

KES: DREAM CONCERT SOLD OUT

38 SN AUG 2022

STRUT LONDON

DREAMLAND ENTERTAINMENT

DREAMLAND JOUVERT SOLD OUT.

ABIR + FROLICNATION + VYBZ CARIBBEAN + DAME DU SHOW

OUI FETE

@ 26 Leake Street, SE1 7NN. Feat. Viking Ding Dong, Dawg E Slaughter, Triniboi Joocie, Pahjo & One The Band. Hosted by Trinigladiata, The HypeMan & Martin Jay. Music By Dr Jay, DJ Jairo, DJ Adam, DJ Markee, Shep Beats & Konata, Alitwitz, DJ Tyson, Shaker HD, The Just Vibez Collective, Hyperspice, DJ Raskal & KaPan Music. Time 12-8pm. Price £20-£40. CANDY MAS

GET SOAKED

@ Byron Hall, Christchurch Avenue, Harrow, HA3 5BD. Feat. Skinny Fabulous, Lyrikal, Carlyn

XP, Alison Hinds & Jab King. Time 1-9pm. Price £30. CARIBBEAN SPLASH

ROAD TO NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

@ Regency Banqueting Suite, 113 Bruce Grove, N17 6UR. Time 3pm-12am. Price £25 SHIPWRECKED EVENTS

SHIPWRECKED AT THE CIRCUS

@ Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, Kensington, W8 7NX. Feat. Iwer George. Music By DJ Private Ryan, DJ Markee, Ovadose, Tony X, Travis World & Major Penny. Time 6pm-12am. Price £45-£135.

PANORAMA - THE UK NATIONAL STEELBAND COMPETITION

@ Emslie Horniman's Pleasance Park, W10 3DH. Time 4-11pm. Price £7-£20. BUSSPEPPER PROMOTIONS

TRIBE IGNITE LONDON

@ Steel Yard, Allhallows Lane, EC4R 3UE. Music By Travis World + more. Time 10pm-4am. Price £20-£30. GET MAD ENT

SCANDALOUS SATURDAY – “REMINISCING”

@ 229 The Venue, 229 Great Portland Street, W1W 5PN. Time 10.30pm-4am. Price 25, motd. NOSTALGIA STEELBAND

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL WITH NOSTALGIA STEELBAND

@ Maxilla Social Club, 2 Maxilla Walk, W10 6SW. Time 12-7pm. Price £20.

CARNIVAL SUN 28 AUG SUN BAILANTE

THE HOT CARNIVAL PARTY @ O2 Academy Islington, 16


Parkfield Street, N1 0PS. Time 11pm-5am. Price £13-£25.

CARNIVAL MON 29 AUG RELEASE D RIDDIM

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL QUENCHER – THE NO1 CARNIVAL AFTER PARTY

@ Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, N1 9NL. Time 10pm5am. Price £12-£25.

SEPT 2022 SAT 03 SEPT DREAMLAND ENTERTAINMENT

WONDERLAND @ Bygrave Woods, Baldock SG7 5JX. Feat. Wetty Beatz, Erphaan Alves, Destra & Triniboi Joocie. Time 12-8pm. Price £35-£60. TALK YUH TALK

KAISO LIME @ The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, W11 2AY. Music By DJ Fats & Soca Massive. Time 7-11pm. Price Free.

SUN 04 SEPT ONE PARADISE PROMOTIONS

ENCHANTED BRUNCH & PARTY

@ Tereza Joanne, King George V Dock, Woolwich Manor Way, E16 2QY. Time 12-9pm. Price £25-£50.

SAT 10 SEPT REMEDY EVENTS

ONE MORE JAM

@ Springfield Farm, Old Parkbury Lane, St Albans AL2 2DY. Time 12-9pm. Price £25-£125. YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO CHECK WITH THE EVENT PROMOTER, AS DETAILS SOMETIMES CHANGE AND CANCELLATIONS MAY OCCUR. ALL INFORMATION WAS CORRECT AT THE TIME OF GOING TO PRESS.

SN AUG 2022 39


CARNIVALS UPCOMING CARNIVALS

Covid has taken a severe toll on carnivals around the globe, but Soca News has compiled this quick guide to what’s happening with some of the main carnivals this year. We’ve saved you the trouble of having to go and look for them yourself, and pulled together a list on our website, at socanews.com/carnivals (WHERE RELEVANT, WE’VE USED THE DATE OF THE MAIN EVENT AS AN INDICATOR, ALTHOUGH THE CARNIVAL/FESTIVAL SEASON MAY RUN FOR LONGER.)

AUG 2022

SAT 13 - SUN 14

SUN 21

SUN 28 - MON 29

MANCHESTER CARNIVAL

NOTTINGHAM CARNIVAL

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

MANCHESTER, UK

NOTTINGHAM, UK

LONDON, UK

MON 5

SUN 11

NEW YORK CARNIVAL

HACKNEY CARNIVAL

NEW YORK, USA

HACKNEY, UK

SEPT 2022

MON 29

LEEDS WEST INDIAN CARNIVAL LEEDS, UK

OCT 2022 DEC 2022

40 SN AUG 2022

SUN 9

FRI 28 - SUN 30

MIAMI CARNIVAL

TOBAGO CARNIVAL

MIAMI, USA

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

SAT 3 DEC - SUN 1 JAN 2023

DEC 2022 - JAN 2023

MONTSERRAT CARNIVAL

SAINT KITTS & NEVIS CARNIVAL

MONTSERRAT

SAINT KITTS & NEVIS


AT THE ST. KITTS MUSIC FESTIVAL 22 - 24 JUNE 2023

Over the years, the St. Kitts stage has welcomed global icons Lionel Richie, Ashanti, Aswad, Maxi Priest, Goo Goo Dolls, and more—and next year’s lineup is sure to be just as impressive. Join us for three summer nights of calypso, soca, R&B, and reggae. StKittsTourism.kn/Events SN AUG 2022 41


42 SN AUG 2022


NOTTING HILL

CARNIVAL

Mas Bands

PLAY AH MAS

W

ell, It's Carnival Time Again, and we always advise everyone to join a band and Play Ah Mas. There is nothing like it. So, we hope you won’t just spectate, but also aim to participate in this year's Notting Hill Carnival, on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August. Adults can choose to take part on either the Sunday, in dirty (‘dutty’) mas, which ranges from paint or powder to mud or chocolate or oil, or on the Monday, donning a pretty costume. Or, if you’re up to it, participate on both days. We realise that some of the costumes on display might not be to your taste or cut, but there’s something out there for everyone if you look hard enough. They come in a rainbow of colours from a smorgasbord of mas bands; you can see our listing of the bands and their 2022 themes at socanews.com/masbands. Our mas band page is being updated all the time, so check it out or sign up to our newsletter for updates.

ABIR

JUMBIE

abircolours2008@gmail.com IG abirmas FB teamABIR www.abirmas.com ADULT+DUTTY

ADDICTED MAS STING

info@addictedmas.com www.addictedmas.com ADULT

AIRAM TRIBE

RISE OF THE PHOENIX IG airam_tribe FB AiramTribe www.airamtribe.com ADULT

SN AUG 2022 43


MAS BAND DIRECTORY KEY | CHILDREN + ADULT + DUTTY

ARAWAK

COCOYEA LONDON

ELITE MAS

arawakcarnivals@gmail.com IG arawakcarnival arawakcarnivals.co

hello@cocoyea.com IG cocoyealondon FB cocoyealondon www.cocoyea.com

elitesoundsevents@gmail.com IG elitesoundsevents FB elitesoundsevents

“RESET” A NEW DAWN

PLATINUM

MYSTICS VIBES

ADULT

ADULT

ADULT

B

COLOURS CARNIVAL

EXOTIC MAS

info@colourscarnival.com IG colourscarnivalltd fb colourscarnivalltd www.colourscarnival.com

exoticmascustomers@gmail.com IG exotic.mas FB Exotic-Mas-856412814496678 www.exoticmas.com

BACCHANALIA UK ENIGMA

info@baccmas.com IG bacchanalia_uk FB bacchanalia.masband www.bacchanalia.london ADULT

BLOSSOM CONCEPTS GAIA

nottinghill@blossomconcepts.com IG blossomconcepts FB blossomconceptsuk www.blossomconcepts.com ADULT

COLOURS OF THE CARIBBEAN

ADULT

ADULT

CREED CARNIVAL

F

SANSKRIT

info@creedcarnival.com IG creedcarnival FB creedcarnival www.creedcarnival.com ADULT

D

CANDY MAS DEJA VU

info@candymasuk.com IG candymasuk FB candymasuk www.candymasuk.com ADULT

CARIBBEAN SESSIONS MOONLIGHT

caribbeansessionsuk@gmail.com IG caribbeansessions FB caribbeansessions www.caribbeansessions.co.uk CHILDREN + ADULT

CHANTIMELLE MAS TROPICAL WATERS

chantimelle.mas@outlook.com IG chantimelle.mas FB chantimelle www.chantimellemas.uk ADULT

info@flagzmasband.com IG flagzmasband FB FlagzMasBand ADULT

FROLIC NATION

ADULT

FUNATIK MAS

driddimtribe@releasedriddim.com IG driddimtribe FB DRiddimTribe www.driddimtribe.com

DYNAMIC MAS EXOTIC

dynamicsoundz@hotmail.com IG dynamic_mas FB dynamicmas www.dynamicmas.co.uk ADULT

E

EBONY MAS LIBERATION

ebonymasband@gmail.com IG ebonymas FB ebonymasband www.ebony-steelband-trust.co.uk ADULT

CHOCOLATE NATION MAS info@chocolatenationmas.com IG chocolatenationmas FB chocolatenationmas www.chocolatenationmas.com

elimuband@gmail.com IG elimu.mas.academy FB elimu.mas.academy www.elimumasacademy.com

ADULT + DUTTY

LIBERTAS

SAHARA … A MAGICAL OASIS AWAITS

ELIMU PADDINGTON ARTS MAS BAND

CHOCOHOLICS

FLAGZ MAS BAND

REIGN

D RIDDIM TRIBE

C

SECRETS OF SHANGRI-LA

CARNIVAL JUBILATION

IG frolic_nation www.frolicnation.com ADULT

EXHALE

info@funatikmas.com IG funatikmas FB funatikmas www.funatikmas.com CHILDREN + ADULT

G

GEMZ MAS INTERNATIONAL FIRST PEOPLES

gemzmasband@gmail.com IG _g_m_i FB gmicarnival gmicarnival.com CHILDREN + ADULT

GLORIOUS BACKSTAGE ARTS HAPPY FLAPPY

gba-carnival@outlook.com FB gbacarnival www.gba-carnival.com ADULT

CHILDREN + ADULT

OUR LISTING IS MADE UP OF BANDS AND SECTIONS, AND WE HAVE MADE EVERY EFFORT TO CHECK THAT THE INFORMATION WE HAVE IS CORRECT.

44 SN AUG 2022


SN AUG 2022 45


Our individual section can be all yours along with our VIP SERVICE including personal host to assist you throughout the day. mymasband www.mymasband.com

46 SN AUG 2022


mymasband www.mymasband.com

SN AUG 2022 47


mymasband www.mymasband.com

48 SN AUG 2022


SN AUG 2022 49


MAS BAND DIRECTORY KEY | CHILDREN + ADULT + DUTTY

H

K

MASANOVA

HYPE MAS

KARNIVAL MANIA

IG hypemas FB hype.mas.5

hello@karnivalmania.com IG karnivalmania FB karnivalmania www.karnivalmania.com

masanova.mas@gmail.com FB masanova.uk FB masanova.mas www.masanova.co.uk

ODYSSEY OF THE AWAKENING www.hypemasuk.com ADULT

SIMPLY KARNIVAL

ADULT

I IGNITE DE FETERZ MAS

L

REVEL IN OPULENCE

LAGNIAPPE

ADULT

carnival@lagniappe.uk IG lagniappe_mas FB lagniappeuk lagniappe.uk

ignitefeterz@gmail.com IG Idf_mas FB Ignitedefeterzmas www.ignitedefeterzmas.com

INSPIRATION ARTS & TRINBAGO CARNIVAL CLUB MAMA AFRICA

Inspiration_arts@hotmail.co.uk ADULT

INVADERS MAS NEBULA

info@invadersmasuk.com IG invadersmasuk FB invadersmasuk www.invadersmasuk.com ADULT

ISLAND MAS LUMINOUS

info@islandmas.co.uk IG islandmasuk FB islandmasuk www.islandmas.co.uk ADULT

J JAMAICAN TWIST

MYTHOLOGY

ADULT

LIMIN MAS BAND FIRST PEOPLES

sham@comelimewithus.com IG mymasband FB mymasband www.mymasband.com ADULT

LIMITLESS MAS

LIBERATION UNLEASED limitlessmas@gmail.com FB CarnivalLimitless www.limitlessmas.com ADULT

M MAKING CARNIVAL DECADENCE

info@masologymakingcarnival.com IG masology_makingcarnival FB IsisMas masologymakingcarnival.com ADULT

XAYMACA

MAHOGANY CARNIVAL

ADULT

infomahoganycarnival@gmail.com IG mahoganycarnival FB MahoganyCarnival www.mahoganycarnival.com

contact@jamaicantwist.com IG jamaicantwistcarnival FB Jamaican-Twist-47162514857 www.jamaicantwist.com

JUST INCARNIVAL ARABIAN NIGHTS IG justincarnival FB JUST-INCARNI-

VAL-199908333398497 www.justincarnival.com ADULT

A TIME TO REMEMBER

CHILDREN

MANGROVE MAS BAND RAMAJAY

mangrovemasband@gmail.com IG mangrovecarnival FB MangroveMas www.mangrovecarnival.com ADULT

A TASTE OF PARADISE

ADULT

MAS AFRICA HARVEST

info@masafrica.org IG mas_africa FB Mas-Africa-1714155805493052 www.masafrica.org CHILDREN + ADULT

MAS DOMNIK UNMASKED

management@duka.org.uk IG duka_mas_domnik_uk_ FB mas-domnik-2034632030134285 www.duka.org.uk ADULT

MASQUERADE 2000 REBIRTH

IG m2kmas FB masquerade2000 www.m2kmas.co.uk ADULT

O OMNIA CARNIVAL KAI

info@omniacarnival.com IG omniacarnival FB omniacarnival www.omniacarnival.com ADULT + DUTTY

ONTURAJ MAS MYTHOLOGY

info@onturajmas.com FB onturajcarnival www.onturajmas.com ADULT

P PEOPLE’S WORLD

THE TRAIL OF TEARS PT2. PLIGHT OF NORTH AMERICA NATIVE INDIANS peoplesworldcb@gmail.com IG peoplesworldcarnival FB PeoplesWorldCarnivalBand ADULT

OUR LISTING IS MADE UP OF BANDS AND SECTIONS, AND WE HAVE MADE EVERY EFFORT TO CHECK THAT THE INFORMATION WE HAVE IS CORRECT.

50 SN AUG 2022


SN AUG 2022 51


MAS BAND DIRECTORY KEY | CHILDREN + ADULT + DUTTY

PURE LIME

LIMING WITH DE NURSES

purelime1997@gmail.com IG purelime FB purelimehomeofchocolatemas www.purelime.co.uk DUTTY

R

SUNSHINE INTERNATIONAL ARTS

TURMOIL …DE SEA OFF DESTINY….SOULS OF A RIVER …. THE JOURNEY-‘ARRIBADA’ admin@sunshineiarts.co.uk IG sia_cafe FB sunshineiarts www.sunshineiarts.co.uk ADULT

REIGN MAS BAND

T

IG reignmasband

TANTRUM BACCHANAL

A NEW REIGN

www.dblvibetribe.com ADULT

RUMSHOP RAW LICQUER HORIZON

bajanrumshop@hotmail.com FB Rumshoprawlicquer ADULT

S SMOKEY JOE ROADSHOW VIVACITY

onikej@hotmail.com FB SmokeyJoeRoadshow

SANKOFA

info@tantrumbacchanal.com IG tantrumbacchanal FB tantrumbacchanal www.tantrumbacchanal.com ADULT

TT MUDDERS

TT MUDDERS 4 MUDDER EARTH ttmudders2013@gmail.com IG ttmudders FB TTMudders nhcarnival.org/tt-mudders DUTTY

ADULT

TEARS MAS

SOCAHOLIC

IG tearsmas FB Tearsevents

AFRICA – THE JOURNEY info@socaholic.com IG socaholicuk FB SocaholicUK www.socaholic.com ADULT

SOCA MASSIVE FANCY SAILORS UK TROPICAL SUNRISE

FB groups/1589613424596771 www.socamassive.co.uk ADULT

COLOURFUL CELEBRATION OF LIFE www.tearsmas.com ADULT

TEMPO MAS

PURPLE ARMY

tempomasuk@gmail.com IG tempomas FB tempo.mas.16 www.tempomasuk.com ADULT

THE LONDON SCHOOL OF SAMBA

TROPICAL ISLES

I CAN HEAR FREEDOM CALLING tropicalisles@btconnect.com IG tropicalislescarnival FB tropicalislescarnival www.tropicalislescarnival.org ADULT

UCOM

AFRICA – THE JOURNEY

info@unitedcoloursofmas.com IG ucomcarnival FB unitedcoloursofmas www.unitedcoloursofmas.com ADULT

U

UNITED KREYOL MAS UNITY

info@unitedkreyolmas.com IG united_kreyol_mas FB UnitedKreyolMas www.unitedkreyolmas.com ADULT

URBAN TOUCH REBIRTH

mass@urbantouch.org.uk IG urbantouchltd FB UrbanTouchCarnivalGroup www.urbantouch.org.uk ADULT

UTOPIA MAS UK

THE EYE OF HORUS

utopiamas1@gmail.com IG utopiamasuk FB utopiamasuk www.utopiamasuk.com ADULT

V VIBRANCE MAS

SOCA SAGA BOYS

SONHAR NÃO CUSTA NADA/ DREAMS COST NOTHING

info@socasagaboys.co.uk IG socasagaboys FB SocaSagaBoys www.socasagaboys.co.uk

ADULT

ADULT

TROPICAL FUSION MAS

VINCY ALLIANCE MAS

info@weareallstardust.com IG stardustarts FB WeAreStardustLP weareallstardust.com/arts

tropicalfusionmas@gmail.com IG tropicalfusionmas FB Tropical-FusionMas-1766085360370253 www.tropicalfusionmas.com

info@vincyalliancemas.com IG vincyalliancemas FB vincyalliance www.vincyalliancemas.com

ADULT

ADULT

ON THE ROAD TOGETHER

ADULT

STARDUST MAS THE RETURN

commslss@gmail.com IG londonschoolofsamba FB UnidosdeLondres londonschoolofsamba.co.uk

UNDERWATER PARADISE

THE CORAL REEF COLLECTION carnivalvibrance@gmail.com IG carnivalvibrance FB VibranceMas www.vibrancemas.com

SHANGRI-LA – THE TALE OF A LOST PARADISE ON EARTH

ADULT

OUR LISTING IS MADE UP OF BANDS AND SECTIONS, AND WE HAVE MADE EVERY EFFORT TO CHECK THAT THE INFORMATION WE HAVE IS CORRECT.

52 SN AUG 2022


SN AUG 2022 53


NEVER MISS AN ISSUE ALL ISSUES ARE FREE ONLINE OR SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE A PRINTED COPY

SOCANEWS.COM/SUBSCRIBE

54 SN AUG 2022


SN AUG 2022 55


Follow our Carnival vibes on @bountyrumstlucia #ITSBOUNTYTIME

56 SN AUG 2022

DRINK RESPONSIBLY