Jerk chicken, colours and Caribbean rhythm – these are usually accompanied by sunshine and bright colors, but Toddla T loved Carnival so much he decided to bring it indoors and create his own special Winter Carnival.
Carnival came to England via Afro-Carribean communities in the 1950’s, back then they played traditional West Indian Ska, Reggae and Soca music. Now Notting Hill and British Carnivals have come to include a whole host of home grown Bass music genres such as Jungle, Grime and House, in addition to African, Caribbean and Latin music.
Toddla T has enrolled the help of some A-List Carnival performers to bring the vibes inside with his Winter Carnival at Koko in Camden. Here's a list of 12 classic Carnival songs, and a little about a few of the artists performing on the night..
Heatwave are the obvious choice for a Winter Warmer. Supporting Toddla T on the night, these guys have been throwing the best Basement parties in the capital, and prepping at Carnival for many years.
A legend of UK Garage, after the traditional Caribbean sounds of Heatwave it’s only fitting to have some home grown UK Bass. To UK residents he’s a man who needs little introduction, his contributions to the unique style of this isle are unprecedented.
The son of Reggae and Sound System legend David Rodigan, Cadenza knows a thing or two about Carnival and getting a crowd going to some big bass music. He’s been releasing music on Diplo’s Mad Decent label, remixing Drake and causing a serious stir across the other side of the pond too.