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OPINION - Notting Hill Carnival’s female DJ revolution: Tech and Science Daily podcast

DJs Linett Kamala (third left) and Pearl Boatswain, aka Dubplate Pearl (first left), lead Notting Hill legends mentoring with the Original Sounds Collective. (supplied)
DJs Linett Kamala (third left) and Pearl Boatswain, aka Dubplate Pearl (first left), lead Notting Hill legends mentoring with the Original Sounds Collective. (supplied)

It is one of the biggest events in London’s cultural calendar - and this year record numbers of female DJs, producers and engineers will be visible at Notting Hill Carnival.

Tech & Science Daily podcast speaks with Linett Kamala, an expert on Jamaican-inspired sound systems, a Carnival pioneer and Central Saint Martin’s lecturer, who was just 15 years old when she played her first Notting Hill DJ set in 1985 - and she’s now launched with a music mentoring programme, Guinness-sponsored Original Sounds Collective.

We discuss the crossover of skills from analogue to digital being taught - and Linett’s joins us on the line from Powis Square, where she’s setting up speaker stacks, amps and wiring for maximum quality on the Disco Hustlers sound system.

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