Please note: Soundbites has been postponed to January due to concerns with the Omicron wave of coronavirus. If you have already booked a ticket via Eventbrite, this will remain valid.
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Inspired by Jamaican sound system culture, Soundbites is a talk and workshop forming part of an ongoing project Recipe for a Happy Mind devised by artist and sound system lead Linett Kamala.
The workshop will begin with Linett talking about the ‘ingredients’ of sound system culture, how her sound system Disya Jeneration remained active, visible and connected to its audience since not being on the streets of Notting Hill Carnival due to Covid social restrictions and the creative impact of dancehall culture.
The second part of the session will be interactive art workshop, where Linett will guide participants to create their own calligraffiti sign paintings in response to selected dancehall riddims.
There will also be video clips from sound system culture on display, an exhibition playlist and viewing of Linett's Caribbean kitchen studio, which will have a selection of books on sound system culture on display.
*2.00pm - 2.30pm - Arrival
2.30pm - 3.00pm - Talk by Linett on sound system culture and dancehall music riddims
3.00pm - 5.00pm - Calligraffiti sign painting workshop inspired by dancehall riddims led by Linett Kamala
*timing subject to change with postponed event
No previous artistic experience is necessary and all art materials will be provided.
Light refreshments will be provided.
The artist is keen for this event to be as inclusive as possible, please contact the organisers should there be any particular special requests.
The venue is accessible for wheelchair users.
Part of Metroland Cultures Making Myself Visible programme.
Linett Kamala is an artist and sound system lead born in Harlesden, London, U.K. to Jamaican parents. Linett was one of Notting Hill Carnival’s first girl DJs - performing a ground breaking set at Disya Jeneration sound system, which over three decades later, she now manages.
Through her creative practice she documented the early dancehall scene in London’s West End in the 1990s. She is Founding Director of Lin Kam Art, which enriches lives through festival art via residencies, events and programmes.
Deeply rooted in community empowerment, her socially engaged practice champions the various artforms associated with festivals, including street art and sound systems.
Trained in the therapeutic and educational application of the Arts, Linett’s interdisciplinary artwork has been showcased internationally by Google Arts and Culture and she is a TEDx speaker. Linett is President of the University of the Arts London Alumni of Colour Association, Board Director for the Notting Hill Carnival and manages one of its biggest static sound system’s Disya Jeneration.
Her current educator work includes; Associate Lecturer on the MA Performance: Design & Practice at UAL Central Saint Martins, U.K. and Art & Wellbeing Lead at Ashley College, U.K. an alternative provision for young people. Her outreach work focuses on partnerships with the Success Primary and High School in Hanover, Jamaica.