London's Carnival vibe

London's Carnival vibe

Hundreds of thousands of revellers will descend on the streets of west London for the final day of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Trinidad rapso group 3canal

3canal during the performance at the BBC World Service

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The carnival, Europe's biggest street party, showcases Caribbean culture and will be powered by the driving sounds of soca, calypso and dancehall.

In the build up to the Carnival, several top Caribbean performers appeared at venues across London. They included soca music stars Machel Montano and Shurwayne Winchester from Trinidad, Lil Rick from Barbados and Trinidadian rapso group 3canal.

3 Canal who are in the UK as part of their European summer tour stopped off at the BBC World Service for an exclusive interview and live performance at our studios.

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During their interview, 3canal described the genre of rapso music, a conscious music which they defined as "the consciousness of soca". Soca music is derived from calypso and is more synonymous with celebration and partying, than rapso which addresses political issues and social commentary.

When 3canal began their musical journey in the Carnival of 1997 with the song Blue, it was purely a bit of fun for four friends; Roger Roberts, Wendell Manwarren, Stanton Kewley and John Isaacs.

Watch 3canal speaks about rapso music (7 mins 16 secs)

However, Blue became a massive hit, and they decided to take making music more seriously. Sadly, Isaacs passed away in 2000, and since then 3canal has remained a trio.

As part of their evolution, they moved away from performing over soundtracks and put together a band called The Cut and Clear crew which accompanies them on tour all over the world.

3canal are currently working with British producer Richard Blair on their new album which is due for release in early 2009.

Watch 3canal on their future musical aspirations (4 mins 11 secs)