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First £1,000 mas section UCOM (United Colours of Mas) have set out their stall for Notting Hill Carnival 2018 by introducing the first £1,000 mas section. Yep, you heard it right – that’s one thousand notes. They are set to launch their 2018 theme, Cirque Du Carnaval, at the Scala, King,s Cross on Sunday 3 December.

Soca Music Awards set to return in 2018 The Soca Music Awards will return in 2018, prompted by concerns voiced by artists that there’s been nothing reflecting what’s taking place within the UK soca arena. Soca News publisher and SMA promoter Joseph Charles said, “Promoting the culture is not always an easy road, but it’s necessary, so we are stepping back into the ring”. To keep updated about the awards, please sign up to the newsletter at socamusicawards.co.

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Pantonic steel celebrities Pantonic Steel Orchestra were pan celebrities this summer, making it onto the television twice. The late Mr Ezekiel ‘Biggs’ Yearwood formed the orchestra in 1988, and 10 years of Biggs’ life was celebrated this month across Steel Pan Trust’s social media. How proud he would be to see his offspring taking steelpan into the music mainstream - it’s opportunities like this that will legitimise the instrument and bring new innovations. The day these guys were performing at the V Festival - with Rudimental and James Arthur - there was a buzz amongst onlookers waiting to witness what they’d been working on. Rehearsals had to be kept secret until after the performance, and it was great to watch them live at the V festival on MTV, killing it with the song Sun Comes Up. Manager Lynette Yearwood said, “Rudimental were really great, they made the band feel so comfortable and gave the whole steelpan sound a great push”. Just a few weeks later the band were recording CBeebies show, Apple Tree House, as part of their carnivalthemed programme. Pantonic Steel Orchestra, we salute you!

Soca News | October 2017  

In this month’s issue, read our exclusive report on the reclaiming of Notting Hill Carnival. Also check out our interview with Chef Hasan De...

Soca News | October 2017  

In this month’s issue, read our exclusive report on the reclaiming of Notting Hill Carnival. Also check out our interview with Chef Hasan De...

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