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Latin Rave Street Jam


Fast Facts

Member Name : Sylvester Harrison
Job Title : Sound Leader
Sound System : Latin Rave Street Jam
Music Type : Latin, Salsa
Contact : Email Sylvester Harrison
Carnival Location : 318 Portobello Road
o/s no 335




DJ Sylvester got his first taste of jazz/Funk/ Fusion & Latin jazz music in Crackers Club at Wardour St, London when he was at school. He started to buy some of the records being played at the time and before long had acquired a large collection.  The following years were a transitional period and he danced and listened to what was termed as “jazz fusion”. This was jazz with high energy (up tempo) beats and lots of Latin influences. He loved the Latin flavoured tunes and soon started to DJ in bars/pubs and before long he had built up a bit of a reputation.

Dj Sylvester later teamed up with DJ Gilles Peterson at the Electric Ballroom in London and also started regular sessions at the 100 Club, Scala Cinema, Dingwalls and the Wag Club in London.

After running early club nights in various places playing mostly Latin jazz/Afro Cuban music Dj Sylvester created the Latin Street Jam Sound System to participate in the Notting Hill Carnival.

Latin Rave’s DJ John Armstrong also developed a passion for Latin, African and Brazilian music. John is currently involved with DJ-ing and running a monthly live Cuban music night at Shoreditch’s Vibe Bar and two monthly nights at London’s 500-capacity Guanabara Brazilian bar and club.

The Latin Rave Sound System is unique and is the only sound that caters for Latin Music, attracting hundreds of Latin lovers over the two days of Carnival. 

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