Brixton Market Mambo BRIXTON MARKET MAMBO 1pm – 4pm, Saturday 1st December 2007 Brixton Market
‘The only nation I have now is my imagination’ Derek Walcott (Nobel prize winner)
The Market Mambo is a fabulous winter carnival procession that will be weaving its way through the market to rejoice everything that is Brixton! Now in its second year and growing, the parade is a celebration of the long-established heart of Brixton’s Afro Caribbean culture and is organized by The Brixton Market Traders Federation.
The fantastic Kinetika Bloco will lead the colourful and loud procession on a tour around the area, including along Electric Avenue – the street name made famous by reggae star Eddie Grant when he sang, “I’m gonna rock down to Electric Avenue”, in his one million copy selling single.
The Kinetika Bloco’s 100 young performers will take you by storm with their exuberant mix: massed ranks of brass and percussion, extrovert dancers and extraordinary costumes inspired by Carnival – all combined in a roof-raising extravaganza that re-invents the music of the likes of Fela Kuti and Sun Ra in decidedly London style. In the last year, Kinetika represented London as part of the ‘Beijing 2008’ Olympic Cultural Festival, as well as performing at the London Jazz Festival, Paradise Gardens, Thames Festival, Celebrating Coventry, Baishaki Mela, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank and at the Unveiling of the Nelson Mandela Statue at Parliament Square.
The procession will start at Brixton Station Rd and process along Popes Rd, over Atlantic rd and into Electric Avenue, it will continue out onto Brixton Rd and along to the Library, where the Carnival Procession will stop and perform in Tate Library Gardens. It will then return along Coldharbour Lane into Electric Lane, onto Electric Avenue, over Atlantic Rd and back to Brixton Station Rd.