3 Sep

‘Rampage Sound’ Doc on Notting Hill Carnival Sound System Culture

Performers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in 2016 (Picture: Getty Images)

by Rebecca Lewis | Metro

Notting Hill Carnival is preparing for its 51st year of banging the steel drums, dancing your heart out, and celebrating the multitude of cultures and experiences available in Britain.

But the carnival also has another history, that of the UK sound system culture, and a new short documentary featuring the likes of Trevor Nelson, Rodney P and Boy Better Know member Jammer, and pulled together by Treble T, the man behind Rampage Sound (London’s legendary sound system crew which has hosted surprise carnival performances in the past from the likes of Stormzy, Wiley, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah and Mark Ronson), will take a look at the history of the sound system across the 51 years and how fashion has also played a massive role in the sound system culture.

The short film focuses on the evolution of carnival culture in the UK from those early sound systems at Notting Hill Carnival in the early 1970s to the massive impact sound system culture has had on the urban UK music landscape in 2017.


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