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A networked approach to promoting meaningful musical pathways for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

Kinetika Bloco

Kinetika Bloco is a performance group with an exuberant mix of young musicians creating a “unique new British Carnival sound with a decidedly London edge”. Our mission is to get young people from South London engaged in long term creative activity advancing their education, skills, and capacity.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation


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Proportion of the young musicians who face aspects from the Indices of Multiple Deprivation


Three most commonly faced challenges

Economic deprivation, Special educational needs, Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Improvisation, Music and movement, Performance, Training, Untuned percussion, Youth leadership


South American, Reggae, Jazz & blues, Hip Hop, Caribbean, African

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Kinetika Bloco are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with Kinetika Bloco:

Young Researcher Case Study - Scarlett

“My name is Scarlett and I am a London based musician (keys and backing vocals). I was asked to make a short clip by Sound Connections documenting my journey regarding this year thus far. I am working with Sound Connections in collaboration with Kinetika Bloco and have been for the last few months. I am not a professional film editor by any means, but I thought it would be a better way to scratch the surface on my year as I am more of a visual person. It documents the beginnings of my journey, and I hint at some of the things I’ve been up to and hope to achieve. I hope you enjoy it.”

Scarlett Stewart - Case Study

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Definition of Indices of Multiple Deprivation

The Indices of Deprivation 2015 provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) across England, based on seven different domains of deprivation:

For more information see: - 2015 Statistical Release (PDF 1.5MB)