Notting Hill Carnival starts with "Panorama" steel pan competition ft. Mangrove, Endurance Steel Orchestra, Croydon Steel Orchestra and Metronomes Steel Orchestra.
Saturday, 27 August 2016
Friday, 26 August 2016
In order for the smaller bands to make an impact in the sea of floats in the parade, CAMF are starting to team them up on collaborations with larger established companies. Here MAS Africa have been learning skills from Mandinga Arts to make a lion costume for their king and in turn widen their artistic practice for the future. By sharing knowledge and technique, the art form can grow, flourish and continue. Here you can see Barbara putting a hinge in the jaw so that it will open to reveal the child's face as they are performing. Also on hand at the master-class workshop are some of Mas Africa's young members who have grown up in the band and the next generation of new talent to take over the art direction. This year's theme of "Roar" has been chosen for the children's section to promote the message of how to deal with bullying. When I visited their own Mas Camp I witnessed the dance rehearsals to the Katy Perry song "Roar" which was incredibly cute and I cant wait to see how it all comes together on the day! This white foam headdress will be decorated and ready to prowl with the procession along the route of Portabello! Its going to look GRRRRRRRREAT!
Thursday, 25 August 2016
So far I have been concentrating on the visual element of Carnival Arts in the costumes being created at Mas Camps. The other two disciplines of the parade are music either as live steel pan or a DJ from a soundsystem mounted on the truck............. and dance!! Here are Flagz Mas Band who are celebrating their 10th year on the road by combining each year's production they have taken part at Notting Hill Carnival. Here they are rehearsing those 10 unique choreographed routines and teaching new members the moves. Getting perfectly in line is key! Head over to their site to see how its looked in previous years and hear their mix for 2016 here.
See their costume launch from March here.
Monday, 22 August 2016
I was like Charlie entering The Chocolate Factory when I visited and didn't realise I had spent nearly two hours looking around! I absolutely love the essence of Carnival in its purest form being carried thru from generation to generation in this way. I cant wait to see how it all comes together this weekend, especially the "Midnight Robber" which is getting a hat so big that it was taking up a whole table to be decorated with fringing. I'll be snapping away on the day, so check back to see the final results from the road ..........
Check out the Flamboyan website to find out how to get involved and learn the arts of mas and play steel pan.