RASPO Steel Orchestra triumphed at the UK National Panorama Steel Band Championship. The event launches London Notting Hill Carnival with the top UK steel bands competing for the title of ‘Champions of Steel’.
For months bands around the UK practice a ten minute arrangement of their chosen popular calypso. RASPO played ‘Mad Man’ by Marlon Abner arranged by CultureMix music team Dani Richardson RIP and Paul Jr Watson.
Watch RASPO perform ‘Mad Man’ for the judges at the UK Panorama Steel Band Championship 2018
RASPO performed with forty-one players including eight master percussionists from NE Brazil’s Ylê de Egbá who brought authentic Afro Brazilian afoxé rhythms through an international collaboration supported by Global Carnivalz.
Organised by Carnival Village Trust the London Notting Hill Carnival is the largest three-day street carnival in Europe welcoming millions of revellers to miles of procession floats, food stalls, costumes and steel bands.
Mary Genis talks to ITV about RASPO and Ylê de Egbá preparations for Notting Hill Carnival Panorama 2018.