History of CMA

London Brotherhood of Sound Systems LBSS This organisation was instrumental in promoting and developing the soca art form. It was formed 14th July 1980 by Mr Laurence Chambers (Lord Sam) and he did so as it was not possible to get funding from the Arts Council unless applications were made to them as a constitutional body. LBSS later was at the forefront of promoting soca and entertaining audiences at Notting Hill Carnival and other Carnival events and black tie functions.

The organisation lasted until 1992 / 1993 when its members felt there was a need to broaden the horizons by diversifying into other genres of music like reggae, salsa, high life to name a few and formed a new body called the Caribbean Music Association (CMA). To cement these changes the Soca on the Move competition scaled to new heights and CMA became masters playing music on the road for Notting Hill Carnival.

CMA has also gone on to support and adjudicate the UK Soca Road March, which awards Soca artists from the UK for the highest number of times their song is played at Notting Hill Carnival.

First members of LBSS

  • Lawrence Chambers (Lord Sam)
  • Trevor Charles (Shadow Hi Fi)
  • Michael La Rose (People War)
  • Michael (One Unity) later became Destiny Basil (Black Patch)
  • Bernard Thompson (Mangrove then became FATS) Peter (China Funk)

Later joined by

  • Tony (Mr T)
  • Victor Philip (Caribbean Diamond)
  • Cecil Kelly (Renegade)

Join CMA

Caribbean Music Association is an organisation promoting Caribbean music in all its art form.

Find out more about joining CMA

Not a member? Sign up!

Member Login

Forgotten your password?