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London Jouvert

Published on August 28th, 2013 | by Robbie Joseph

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Real Steel Orchestra does the double at Notting Hill Carnival Panorama and Jouvert competitions

Plymouth based UK steel orchestra ‘Real Steel’ repeated their winning ways when they held on to their steelband panorama title for the second year in a row. As defending champs from the first note they played it was evident that they were taking no prisoners in this musical battle.  The streaming coverage was distorted yet the effectiveness of Leroy Clarke’s arrangement of ‘Hammer Time’ and its execution by the orchestra, left little doubt that the Real Steel musicians were set on keeping their Panorama crown. The music pulled on ageless Afro-Caribbean musical idioms, connecting directly with the crowd, and ultimately the judges. Since rain was a weather factor the 2013 steelband Panorama champions literally ‘played up a storm’ even as many present were drenched

They then went on to capture the BAS 2013 Jouvert morning Bomb tune competition. The Judging point under the rail way bridge at Ladbroke Grove Tube Station proved to be an ideal venue as the music is captured within the environs even though its open space. Their scintillating rendition of ‘Ordinary People’ by John Legend saw them to the winners’ row. The crowds were dancing in the rain covered in multi colours, powder and all the other condiments that they saw fit to cover their colleagues with as they revel to the captivating steelband music on offer.  Well done to Leroy Clarke and Real Steel. Roll on 2014 when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Notting Hill Carnival.

 


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