Linett Kamala

“My love of the Notting Hill Carnival stems from being in awe of its sights and sounds as child. 

Being born in England to Jamaican parents who lived in the Notting Hill area when they first arrived in the U.K. in the late 1950s, the carnival has always been an important part of my family’s cultural heritage.

At the age of 14, I became one of the first female DJs at carnival and after 34 years I am still a member of the same static soundsystem ‘Disya Jeneration’.

I have been a long-time champion of the Notting Hill Carnival.  This has included giving presentations in schools on the significance of its origins and arranging for students to work with carnival designers. 

As an artist and educator my work enriching the lives of young people spans a period of three decades.  My previous roles have included Associate Education Director for a multi-academy trust, setting up Chelsea Academy in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and serving as Director and Vice Chair of the South Kilburn Trust.

In addition to my current artistic practice, I facilitate creative workshops, train senior school leaders and run an art department in a secondary school”.

Linett Kamala