This month we wanted to bring the listeners a little piece of Carnival! We talked about Carnivals, from Notting Hill to the big one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

We explored how Carnivals came about hundreds of years ago, originally to celebrate religious events, which excluded Black slaves. Once slavery was banned, the secret low-key Carnivals exploded into existence!

The group shared whether they had ever been to a carnival and what they saw, heard and left. We also talked about how the Notting Hill Carnival grew from a church hall event that was created to try and ease the tension arising in London due to racism.

Did it heal? Does live music have power to lift people out of negative situations? What does live music mean to you? You’ll have to listen to find out. We have an amazing Carnival playlist to get you up and dancing.

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