The Kinetika Bloco is a performance group with an exuberant mix of young brass and woodwind players, drummers, steel pan and dynamic dancers all in costume creating a “unique new British Carnival sound with a decidedly London edge” (BBC Radio2). We draw our influences from the Caribbean, Brazil, Africa and New Orleans. Our achievements include: performances at Notting Hill Carnival, Bestival and London Jazz Festival; performing for Nelson Mandela who called us “enchanting”; representing the UK at Beijing Olympic Festival; leading Team GB in the 2012 Victory Parade; collaborating with major artists like AfroReggae, Hot 8 Brass Band and Jerry Dammers at high profile venues including Southbank, Roundhouse and the Royal Albert Hall; starring on BBC 1Xtra and BBC Radio 3’s Young Artist Day and performing our own second-line in New Orleans.
Kinetika Bloco was established as a charity in June 2010, but has been in existence since 2000 when it was first established as a project within Kinetika Art Links International. In 2016 we became a Youth Company in Residence at Southbank Centre and in 2018 we became an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.