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Mastermind Roadshow


 

Fast Facts

Member Name : Lewis Benn, LNHCL Director
Job Title : Sound Leader
Sound System : Mastermind Roadshow
Music Type : Upfront R&B, Hip-Hop, soul,
Old Skool, Reggae
Contact : 07732 865055
Carnival Location: Canal Way (Canalside House)

     

 
Mastermind Roadshow originates and is still based out of London NW10. Formed in the late Seventies, Mastermind were the pioneers of R&B/Hip Hop soundsystem movement within the UK. They worked alongside names such as Soul 2 Soul, Tim Westwood, David Rodigan, plus many others both nationally and internationally. In addition to the normal activity throughout the year which includes working overseas, Mastermind has been playing in Notting Hill Carnival since 1979 beginning next to Ladbroke Grove Station with another soundsystem called TWJ.

Mastermind moved to the infamous ''caged '' area under the Westway, which became THE place to be at Carnival to hear ''banging Hip Hop and R&B '', with the best of British and International acts frequently performing over the two days.

In 1989 after a two year break, Mastermind relocated to the top of Ladbroke Grove next to Sainsbury's. This has now been established as one of the main Soundsystem Stage locations, again with live PA's on both days of Carnival, with particular focus on the promotion of UK talent and the usual diet of Banging R&B/ Hip Hop both past and present, in true Mastermind style.

 

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Mastermind Press Release

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Mastermind News and Updates

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January 2008 Update

Well firstly belated New Years greetings to you and yours.

Mastermind had a great festive season bringing in the New Year at Club Quarters in EC4, London which was an outstanding success and a good time had by all.

After hearing today the forthcoming weather forecast, thank god I am on my annual pilgrimage to Barbados and then Trinidad to take in the Carnival Season so whilst you all will be suffering the predicted very cold February in the UK all wrapped up to the max, I will be basking in 30 degree plus sun, either on the beach or in a party... lovely jubbly...

As is always the case January does take a while to warm up but we are now beginning to ramp up the activity...

The Blag Club, Masterminds residency, has become the place to be on a Friday so if you have not yet been make sure you check it out, playing the best Ol Skool classics with a touch of smooth R&B for those mature ravers who know how to have a good time.

We can confirm the Elegance Masquerade Easter Ball will be happening again this year on the 8th April, the Tobago Jazz Festival in mid/late April, the Grenada Experience in May and the massive Soulvillage Weekender in July as well as the annual Rotterdam trip so lots to look forward to over the forthcoming months so please try and make sure you ''get on the bus'' and join us. Details of most are below.

Well enjoy your spring and hope to see you at least one of the upcoming events ...

Blag Club – Every Friday (Masterminds Residency) : 'Nothing But The SOUL'

- A night of 70s & 80s Classic Soul, Funk, Disco and Boogie with a touch of the coolest RnB.
- Every Friday night @ The Blag Club, Inside Canalot Studios, 222 Kensal Road, London W10 (Just off Ladbroke Grove)
- From 9pm til 2am. Come and get down where the funkiest people hang out, dancing to Mastermind, Rapattack The Soul Masters & Jerry Bascombe.
- Admission is just 5 all night but you need to get there early to get the full repertoire.


Another year has passed and yet another successful and Safe Carnival was enjoyed by all at Mastermind.

We had a great two days with the unpredictable English weather holding out at the important times of the day to ensure everyone was able to make the most of the time in the sun.

As per usual the vibe was electric over the two days with the Children's Day, as always, thoroughly gratifying to see so many ''youngsters'' having a great time and the Monday saw the adults giving the youngsters a run for their money enjoyment wise. It was also great to see the multitude of cultures really enjoying themselves in the sun.

I would like to thank our Sponsors SuperMalt and the newly appointed associated Mastermind member Phil Betts of the RAF for once again supporting Mastermind this year and look forward to 2008 which here in the UK is a notable milestone in Black History as it will be 201 years since the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Notting Hill Carnival will be playing a significant part in commemorating this milestone.

Also want to thank to PA's who appeared on our stage over the two days. At Mastermind we always give preference/opportunity to the local/UK talent to show their skills and this year the standard was of the highest calibre.

I will also be loading some of this year's photos courtesy of the official Mastermind Photographer Gordon Munro and if you see any that you would like copies of please do contact him at gordypix@hotmail.com.

Well all is now back to normal after the frenetic Carnival Weekend and the Mastermind schedule for the next couple of months is as follows.

Blag Club – Every Friday ( Mastermind's Residency )

Nothing But The SOUL - A night of 70s & 80s Classic Soul, Funk, Disco and Boogie with a touch of the coolest RnB.
- Every Friday night @ The Blag Club, Inside Canalot Studios, 222 Kensal Road, London W10 (Just off Ladbroke Grove)
- From 9pm til 2am. Come and get down where the funkiest people hang out, dancing to Mastermind, Rapattack, The Soul Masters & Jerry Bascombe.
- Admission is just 5 all night but you need to get there early to get the full repertoire.

Well that's all for now and have a great year!

Peace

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