Today I went to the Southbank Centre to perform with Kinetika Bloco. Joined by the older Kinetika fellows we practised and performed a variety of pieces. There were many more trumpets, trombones, saxophones, drums, steelpans, horns…EVERYTHING! With such a range of instruments in the group, we put on an impressive show for those visiting the Royal Festival Hall when we were performing. The pieces we played included One Nation Under A Groove composed by George Clinton who happened to be in London for a gig so popped in to hear us play. What an honour! I should also mention the wonderful Baila Brazil dancers who joined in alongside our own dancers to add even more energy to the afternoon! Oh, and the energetic dance off between the two groups!
It was great to catch up with my KB friends and to be part of producing such an amazing sound. I did however learn that one of the disadvantages of being shorter than the other trumpeters was that I found my ears ringing as they were being blasted by the taller trumpets. Remind me to take my earplugs next time-I don’t want to miss out!
If you’d like to hear the main Kinetika Bloco for yourself, go along to their free show on Friday 14th August at 5:30pm in the Clore Ballroom of the Southbank Centre.