Get Ready For Notting Hill Carnival

By 29 July, 2013

We know where we’ll be at for Notting Hill Carnival this year, and that’s supporting the Maracatu Mafua parade, which will this year be led by the amazing Brazilian musician/percussionist Simone Sou (pictured above).

Notting Hill Carnival will be happening on Sunday 25th and Bank Holiday Monday 26th August this year. If you’ve not been to Notting Hill Carnival yet, then you really should. Not only is there a large Latin contingent, including Maracatudo Mafua and the ever-present Latin Rave Street Jam Salsa (at 318 Portobello Road), but it’s a great chance to check out what a Caribbean carnival is all about, with food and music top of the bill.

Simone Sou will be taking part in Maracatudo Mafua’s bloco, which will be on the more relaxed Sunday of the carnival (Monday is when it traditionally gets a bit messy!) The group will be playing rhythms including coco, ciranda and ijexa in what will be a great celebration of Northeastern Brazilian culture. [NB: If you one of the fortunate few to have been at WOMAD this year you may have seen Simone Sou playing with DJ Tudo E Sua Gente De Todo Lugar at the festival].

If you’d like to get involved in Maracatudo Mafua’s parade this is also possible. They will be holding a drumming masterclass on Tuesday 30th July which will be taught by Simone Sou. Find out more at the Facebook Event. There will also be a chance to get into the mood with the Notting Hill Carnival Warm Up Party at Floripa on Thursday 22nd August.

For more information on Notting Hill Carnival go to

For details of the Maracatudo Mafua carnival parade go to

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