Notting Hill Carnival gives all the feels of the Caribbean

Notting Hill Carnival gives all the feels of the Caribbean

Calypso, soca, steelpan and mas bands have been key elements of the Notting Hill carnival since it began in 1966.

It wasn’t until 1973 that carnival architect Leslie Palmer officially invited stationary sound systems; first brought to the UK from Jamaica, to join the celebrations.

Palmer wanted to attract a larger, younger crowd, because back then funding was directly linked to turnout.

Still, Palmer probably wouldn’t have imagined that, almost 50 years later, carnival would feature more than 30 sound systems.

Farmer Nappy, Soca Artiste

Today Notting Hill Carnival featured T&T’s top Soca greats as well as some of Jamaica’s dancehall finest.

Spice, Dancehall Artiste

Nadia Batson, Soca Artiste

Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez and Machel Montano

Not to mention, T&T’s young and vibrant star Nailah Blackman was featured on The Guardian uk’s online paper on top of a truck performing for a mas band, on the road.

Nailah Blackman, Soca Artiste

 

*photos courtesy each artiste Instagram page*

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