It’s that time of the year once again. Get your horns and be ready to willie bounce, dutty wine and hot wuk whilst sippin’ on Red Stripe, as Notting Hill Carnival kicks off tomorrow, August 26. Taking over the streets of the west London area, Carnival is probably the best thing to happen to London every year (forget about the Olympics) and at KOG we decided to bring you some Major Lazer, Aba-Shanti and The Heatwave to get you in the mood.
As tradition, Major Lazer teamed up with Red Bull Music Academy for another memorable party at Under the Westway. If you managed to get a ticket, consider yourself LUCKY as the likes of Sir David Rodigan, Lil Silva, Hudson Mohawke, Mele, Lunice and Sean Paul will join Major Lazer on Monday 27th. In case luck wasn’t on your side, the big dawgs at Boiler Room will be streaming the party live on their online channel.
For now, just ‘express yourself’ with Major Lazer Presents Carnival 2012 mix
If you’re more about that dub vibe and, like some of us (no names), you haven’t mastered the craft of booty shakin’, then Aba Shanti is what you need. Light up the world and get spiritual with the legendary soundsystem. Catch Aba Shanti this weekend at Found Corner of Southern Row and East Row.
And if you want to get some dub/roots education:
Are you a dancehall queen? Do you dutty wine every morning before breakfast? Then The Heatwave is the sound. From their Rinse FM show to their crazy parties in central London, Madd Raff, every Wednesday, the London soundsystem will take part to the Carnival parade on Monday and, rather then be confined on pavements, you can join in the float with a £10 donation (more details here).
Are you ready for Carnival 2012? WE ARE!!!
Posted by Bea Alessio [@BeaW12]
Photography: Mark Henderson (top picture)