For the first time in it's 54-year history, Notting Hill Carnival is moving entirely online, as an official partner Spotify have rolled the red carpet out online anouncing the full line-up on their new official microsite.
With playlist takeovers from key ambassadors, over 40 of the official sound systems and on the road DJs - covering Dub, Reggae and Soca through to Soulful House. Every aspect of the sound scape should be represented.
Alongside podcast episodes exploring the rich history of the event hosted by key creators. To match the vibrancy of sound with visuals, renowned photographer Ekua King presents an exclusive portrait and film gallery.
In order to transport the Carnival atmosphere straight into living rooms around the UK, Spotify has reached out to some of the UK's leading Black creators from the fields of music, film and entertainment to guide fans through some of its most popular playlists including takeovers of key lists including:
No Signal vs Who We Be, The Marleys guiding fans jamming to 'One Love', Leigh-Anne Pinnock's carnival focused Throwback Thursday, Koffee aiding discovery of new reggae taking over Irie & Spice presenting a handpicked dancehall throwdown via Dancehall Queen.
The heart of carnival beats with the on-road DJs and soundsytems. So don't miss the chance to explore over 40 of the key players including King Tubby's, NHC's longest resident, the mighty Rampage Sound, the prince of UK Soca Martin Jay, and carnival's all-female force the sultry Seduction City Sound alongside all the other resident systems.
King Tubby said: "Notting Hill Carnival is special because, personally for me, I get to hear the sound go wider: they come and they feel the viba and wha gwan. Notting Hill Carnival, King Tubby's every time - people all over Europe and all over the workd. I think we're the oldest sound out there still."
Martin Jay: "This year is my 30th anniversary. It's part of who we are, you know. I'm going to be 50 this year and for as long as I can remember, over 45 years, I have just wanted to be down Ladbroke Grove at that August Bank Holiday weekend. It's just a must happen part of the calendar for us every year."
Importantly the microsite also hosts a series of key podcasts exploring both the history of carnival, but the challenges the community faces today. Key work from; Who We Be TALKS_, The Black Curriculum: Sound System Culture, BBC World Service Witness Black History Month: The Notting Hill riots, Windrush Stories: Matthew Phillip. Notting Hill Carnival, Streetmic Podcast: The Beauty of Notting Hill Carnival.
Vist the Spotify Notting Hill Carnival microsite here.
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