After a two year hiatus, Red Bull Music Academy returned to Notting Hill Carnival with a brand new two-day offering. Kicking off with an open-to-all Sound System party on Sunday 27th August, Red Bull Music Academy then collaborated with local masquerade band Mangrove to parade a bespoke carnival float on Monday 28th August.
In a world first, Jamaican dancehall star Spice and British rapper Stefflon Don performed together whilst Mixpak boss Dre Skull, afrobeats trailblazers Belly Squad and AfroWave pioneer Afro B also joined the line-up for this year’s newest carnival addition, the Red Bull Music Academy Sound System. The party was open to the public, taking over Emslie Horniman Pleasance park. Set to bring the sounds of the summer to the West London celebration, UK afrobeats and bashment came together.
Photography by Chris J Ratcliffe for RedBull