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Ricky Belgrave: Bass chairman


 

Fast Facts

Member Name : Ricky Belgrave
Job Title : Chairman of BASS
Contact : Email Ricky Belgrave
Sound System : Rapattack
   

About

DJ Ricky  (Bass chairman)
a die hard music lover, with a good knowledge of the mechanics of Soundsystems, who has been collecting rare original soul vinyl's, R’n’B and other good tunes for many years. Officially joining the Rapattack Roadshow at the millennium, within a year he was nominated to chair B.A.S.S. (the British Association of Soundsystems), representing soundsystem issues at the Notting Hill Carnival. He is more than well qualified for this, with business, advocacy and political skills, gained as a senior Department of Trade and Industry (D.T.I.) manager and working as a diplomat for the British government. His positive, concise and thorough evaluation of issues, as well as a cool head and balanced political responses under pressure were quickly recognised by the Carnival organistion and it’s performing art arenas (Mas, Steel bands, Calypsonians, Mobile and static Soundsystems). This has elevated his position as a champion spokesperson and he was soon co-opted as chairperson for ECCA (Executive Committee of Carnival Arts), an advisory group to the Carnival company operations, which is made up of executives and chairs from all of the Carnival arts arenas. As if all that wasn’t enough, he was recently appointed as vice chairman to AGRE (Advisory Group on Racial Equality). No doubt he’s a very busy man. With all this to do, it’s a wonder that he has any time to play music and DJ for the Rapattack cause, as well performing at weddings and private parties and for his vast array of friends.
 
Have you attended the London, Notting Hill Carnival and experienced the fantastic vibe created by the Static Sound-Systems, then later wondered how this concept came about and when it all started up? If so, please do read on and be enlightened...
 
View Ricky’s document on the history of soundsystems in the U.K.

 

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