Our Team

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 Fox

Bloco Leader

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 Deppa

Bloco Leader

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.

Andy Grappy

Bloco Leader

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

Bloco Leader

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.

Leon Hazlewood

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 now sharing all of his professional knowledge of Performing Arts with students in schools and colleges.

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 the Co-ordinator of Pre-16 at WAC College.

Iola Weir


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 Ebanks


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 French


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 Jenkins

Project Manager

Aneira has been part of the family since 2012 when she joined as a saxophonist, after completing her music degree at the London Centre of Contemporary Music. Aneira is now part of the team making it all happen behind the scenes, she manages some of our regular projects that take place in and outside of schools and supports with putting on funding events.

Kyle McInnis

Bloco Leader

Joining us in 2005, Kyle (AKA Sir!!!) has been championing the arts and music education since his teenage years. A music graduate with a master’s in education, Kyle is respected as both a standalone musician and educationalist. A tuba player and gospel keyboard player touring internationally and performing nationally in the UK music scene. Previously taking on roles such as Head of Music and Head of Performing Arts as a schoolteacher, Kyle works with the Bloco on several projects and is currently collaborating with us on an educational resource project.

Wade Austin

Bloco Leader

“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.

Keiran Pearson

Bloco Leader

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 as well as ending 2020 with a performance with Celeste. In 2018 he started facilitating on Global Grooves’ arts apprenticeship programme, Future Leaders, and is one of the drum section leaders in Kinetika Bloco.

Arlowe Fox

Bloco Leader

Arlowe joined us in 2012 as a wonderful young dancer. Since then, Arlowe has gone on to appear in Pantomimes around the UK. Specialising in dance and quite the singer, Arlowe has acted and danced her way around the circuit. She shares her talent with us on projects like Tulse Hill Bloco and is one of our young leaders at the Senior Summer School.

André Johnson

Bloco Leader

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.

Marlon Hibbert

Bloco Leader

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 projects. Marlon has just become the first pannist on the Jazz course at Guildhall University. Congratulations on your hard work!

Mark Kavuma

Bloco Leader

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 not only released multiple albums but is now The Banger Factory, the Record Label with multiple acts on his books including us. Tutor, musician, businessman, soloist and Bloco family.

Sheila Maurice-Grey

Bloco Leader

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 McMillan

Bloco Leader

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

Bloco Leader

Fresh Richi joined us in 2003, 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 Stewart

Bloco Leader

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 Halls

Lead Artist

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 Dyer-Harris

Programme Manager

Shayanna has been with the Bloco since it began. Kinetika Bloco has a special place in her heart, having gone through the project from a participant to volunteer to staff. Shayanna can be found running workshops or managing the team on projects of any age and all levels of knowledge. Shayanna is also a singer, songwriter, and hosts shows with the company Blue Revolutions she shares with Sam “Blue” Agard.

Jermaine Amissah

Bloco Leader

Jermaine Amissah studied at City, University of London and has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the Kinetika Bloco brass section in 2009 and has been a part of the family ever since… Eleven years strong! Jermaine specialises in woodwind instruments namely the saxophone and the clarinet and is now one of the brass tutors. He also specialises in being super cool too!

Misha Fox

Bloco Leader

Misha Fox can be found in the Brass and Woodwind Section on Trombone sharing his positive vibes and skills to the Bloco members. You can also find him on stage with Brasstermind, London’s funkiest Brass band! Misha has been part of the Bloco since he was tiny: the youngest Fox with a Big Bold Sound.

Millie John

Bloco Leader

Millie John can be found in the pan section creating great music with our outstanding Bloco members. She started off as one of our Bloco participants, then progressed on to our Leadership Programme, to intern and now to one of our leaders. She’s a star!

Khush Quiney

Communications Assistant

Khush joined the Bloco family in 2015 playing the alto saxophone before joining the team in 2022 as the Communications Assistant. She does our marketing, press and social media. Outside of Bloco, she works within artist management roles, live music events, creative direction and has a degree in Music Business & Arts Management. She won the MMF Trailblazer Award last year for her enterprise and enthusiasm for music management roles alongside her studies.

Alana Curtis

Bloco Leader

Alana joined the Bloco in 2009 as part of the drum section. She’s worked her way up as a leader whilst studying musical arts at the University of Salford. Alana is currently a professional freelance musician as a drumkit player and multi-percussionist. You can catch her playing around the place with her band “Intimate Friends” and various artists.