Dexter Khan

Bringing costumes to Carnival for the past 40 years

By Notting Hill Carnival

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Meet Dexter Khan

My name is Dexter Khan, I am from an organisation with the Carnival band called Cocoyea London. We’re now in our 40th year in bringing costumes to Notting Hill Carnival. 

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We started way back in the early 80’s and we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. We started with Metronomes, a Steel Band, just as supporters and then I met a gentleman called Peter Minshall. He was designing a band here in London which we got involved.  

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After that, Peter left and went to Trinidad and he became one of the world’s top Carnival designers. After Peter left I met a young lady called Nikki Lyons from Peter Minshall. Peter again was the person who inspired me. After Nikki left I brought in a guy who had been around Cocoyea for many years called Arthur Peters. 

He designed one of the bands called Destroying Angels with huge wings. And after Arthur Peters, a childhood friend who was one of the top designers in Trinidad and worldwide named Wayne Berkley, came and designed for Cocoyea for 15 years, may he rest in peace. 

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What Carnival means to London?

It is important in London because it brings all the cultures together. In our days it was just the western dance. Today it’s everybody's; the Brazilians, the Indians, the Chinese, the Portugese, the Africans It’s amazing to see what's happening today, it's a melting pot of cultures.

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Dexter Khan 3 - The hopes for Carnival

What at your hopes for Carnival?

This year might be good because people can recoup, and for 2021 we hope to come back with a bigger spectacle and we hope that everybody will be alright from this nasty nasty Covid.

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