Kinetika Bloco has an amazing professional team that works with us to create our unique sound, dance and costume and make it all happen. They are inspirational people who help to progress the skills of our young people and mentor them to be the best. We often bring in new people but here are our regulars…
Mat Fox RIP
Mat was our Founder and Musical Director since 2000. He led us exceptionally until he sadly passed away in February 2014. Mat was a master of all things musical and it is his passion and talent that has developed the Bloco style and culture. We hope that in this next season we will continue to keep his memory alive through everything that we create. He is in our hearts and groove forever.
Ruben follows in his fathers’ talented and charming footsteps composing, arranging for and leading the Bloco. He is currently studying in New York at The Julliard School on the Jazz course and is already playing nationally and internationally with his own quartet and other bands including Mwenso & The Shakes, The Banger Factory, Kansas Smittys, Kalichakra and many others.
Claude came to London from Cape Town in 1975 and is one of the finest jazz trumpet players in the country. He is a huge inspiration to our horn section and can be heard regularly blasting it out from the backline! Claude also plays with Grand Union Orchestra and regularly gigs nationally and internationally.
Representing the lower brass we have Andy who is one of the UK’s finest Tuba players, he performs regularly with The London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jazz Jamaica and many others. He is also Head of STAX Southwark Music Service.
Sam ‘Blue’ Agard started drumming in 1987 and hasn’t stopped since! He has toured internationally with Corinne Bailey Rae, Paloma Faith and is currently working with Professor Green and Plan B. He has bought his soul, Funk and RnB grooves to the Bloco Bateria since 2005.
Bloco Leader – Choreography
Leon heads up our dancers with an amazing amount of energy and charisma. He trained at the London Studio Centre and has performed professionally in theatre, TV and pop videos! He was one of the original jazz tap dancers in Riverdance! Leon is also Director at WAC-performing Arts and Media College.
Iola has been making us all look beautiful with her make up designs since 2002! She is from Venezuela and has just completed her second degree in Technical Effects for the Performing Arts at the London College of Fashion. She works as an Artist on the Summer School.
Carolyn has worked with the Bloco since 2003 as an artist and general maternal figure!! Her skills span the spectrum from Digital Arts to Sliversmithing. She works as an Artist on the Summer School and can also be found regularly teaching at a PRU in South East London.
Tamzyn has managed the Bloco since 2004 helping to make it all happen. She manages all the recruitment, client liaison, gig details, funding, schedules, pastoral care and just general office management. She has a degree in Music but won’t be seen in the band any time soon!
Aneira has been playing with us since 2012 as a saxophonist and after her music degree at the London Centre of Contemporary Music has become part of the music team. Aneira can be found running brass and woodwind workshops in the Bloco. Not only that, Aneira is equally at home in the office event organising for fundraising or Bloco gigs.
Kyle joined us as a participant in 2005 and now, Kyle is a graduated musician who travels the world to play with many different orchestras and bands. Kyle is also very much a part of his community: a school teacher also flying the flag for music education, tutor at Lambeth Music Service and Bloco brass & woodwind tutor.
“Uncle” Wade joined the family in 2014. Professional steel pan player: director of Steel Pan in Motion a super pan fusion band that takes steel pan to the world. Alongside his band, Wade tours the world playing in more places than you can imagine. He runs his own steel pan school and with us, he’s our steel pan tutor, running workshops in music that gets us all dancing.
A 2016 graduate from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Keiran has gone on to perform with Black Eyed Peas at the 2017 Champions League Final and toured nationally with The Nature of Forgetting (Theatre Re) in 2017-18. In 2018 he started facilitating on Global Grooves’ arts apprenticeship programme, Future Leaders, and is Project Manager for Tulse Hill Bloco and one of the drum section leaders in Kinetika Bloco.
With a 2018, box fresh (That he worked real hard for!) degree in music from the School of African and Oriental Studies, André continues to play, teach and explore the world of percussion. Among the many instruments that he plays, he’s a dab hand on Tabla, plays a variety of brazilian instruments, and arranges on occasion for the Bloco, drums and melody. Joining us in 2013, Andre leads on many a Bloco project and shares his passion for music.
A graduate from Middlesex University with a degree in Music. Dominic has gone on to form two super bands, Triforce and Project Karnak featuring alongside himself some of the major players in the UK’s young Jazz scene that is coming through. Whether he appears at jams like Steamdown, accompanying Nubya Garcia or in one of his own bands…Dominic is also a longstanding member of the Bloco, having joined in 2010 and teaches, arranges, and plays with us.
Marlon has been part of the Bloco family since 2012. As founder and MD of steel pan band, Endurance, International and National gigs keep him busy. Marlon is a school teacher teaching music at secondary level. In-between these two full on jobs he works with us in our steel pan section on our Summer schools and in workshops in schools. Marlon is currently studying to gain his Music degree.
In 2005, Mark joined us as a young trumpeter and he’s been a part of the family ever since. Going from participant to tutor and from young musician to part of the UK’s Young Jazz explosion. Mark has toured and played with musicians like Wynton Marsalis to Salif Keita. His band, The Banger Factory have just released their 1st album which is making waves. Tutor, musician, soloist and Bloco family.
A quiet trumpeter joined brass section in Summer 2005, and now is a huge part of the explosion that is taking over the Jazz scene right now…the new blood of Jazz! Sheila teaches, and has curated work with us on our Summer School and various workshops. Outside of the Bloco, Sheila heads her own band, Ms Maurice, band leader for Kokoroko and part of the all-female Jazz Septet, Nerija with fellow bandmates Nubya Garcia and Shirley Tetteh.
Leila has been our Bloco aunty since 2008, where she has been choreographing at our Summer schools with Leon ever since. Choreographer, Performer and teacher, Leila trained Trinity Laban where she completed a BA in Contemporary Dance Theatre and MA in Performance. Leila creates work that has been at the Sadler’s Wells, lectures at the LCDS. She has led workshops in the UK, USA Europe and Latin American.
Richard “Fresh-Richi” Haynes
Fresh Richi joined us in 2005, a young drummer, trombonist and super musician. He went on to study at University. Not only does he share his musical talents with us BUT he’s a tech and media pro. Richard can be found behind a camera taking snaps or making videos of the Bloco. You can also check out his YouTube page where he’s on camera behind a piano!
Scarlett, is a music graduate and multi-instrumentalist. Amongst the instruments she plays, keys, saxophone, Scarlett is a touring musician often found behind a mic belting out a song or two! With the Bloco, Scarlett is the steel pan lady – getting the team sounding great and dancing! She’s also know as DJ Scarz – she knows her tunes!
Lesley-Ann with the design team, Iola and Carolyn, is the eyes of the Bloco. The great threads we wear are her vision. Lesley-ann has her feet firmly in design, whether that is for carnival or films. Born and raised in the culturally rich country of Trinidad and Tobago, her exposure to Carnival, colour and meaning is something you see in her design. Her ability to manage many is also a sight to behold…who else could come up with attention grabbing costume to fit 150+ young people! That is no easy task!
Shayanna has been with the Bloco since it began. Having gone through the project from participant, to volunteer, to staff, Kinetika Bloco has a special place in her heart. Shayanna can be found running workshops or managing the team on projects with any age and all levels of knowledge. On the other side, Shayanna can also be found on stage singing her heart out with the Blue Revolutions team she shares with Sam “Blue” Agard. She’s a singer, songwriter, drumming workshop facilitator, show host and a firm member of the KB family.