We are a team made up of close knit family and friends.
Our heritage between us spreads across the Caribbean and the UK; Grenada, St Lucia & Jamaica to name a few.
Our inspiration stems from our unique heritage, culture and upbringing. Together we bring a fusion of Caribbean and UK influences through our forward thinking designs.
With over 30 years of experience between us we come together with our talent & expertise; from costume designers, to HR Management, Music DJ's and Web/Media designers to bring our passion for all things carnival alive and to the road for the first time at Notting Hill Carnival 2019!
Not afraid to push the boundaries. Not afraid to be different. Not afraid to be daring. Not afraid to be who we are. We have no creative limitations.
THIS IS MASANOVA
What does 'Masanova' mean?
When Team Masanova formed, we had so much passion and excitement for what was about to begin, how could we describe who we are in one word?
We were erupting with excitement and magical ideas started flowing...
We started thinking big and maybe quite bold... themes of space, and galaxies came about... (Hence some of our initial star wars themed posts...) The sheer size of what we were doing seemed beyond our imaginations... but we were exploding with ideas.
So what about Supernova?
Firstly - What is a supernova?
'A star that suddenly increases greatly in brightness because of a catastrophic explosion that ejects most of its mass.'
What is a mass?
'a large number of people or objects crowded together.'
Or also 'Mas' as in Masqueraders...
(The idea also stems from Monique's nickname for her son "Mason-ova"...)
Interpret it as you will, but we all loved it and so...
Masanova was born.
Who are Team Masanova?
First and foremost - the one who's dream it is to have a band on the road.
Wayne (Band Manager) - originally West Indian Connection Sound' front man.
West Indian Connection Sound
have a high reputation and popular amongst the crown around them. Wayne has been going to Notting Hill Carnival since 1987!
"I've always wanted a band of my own, and to see it becoming a reality is a dream come true!"
Sandra, Wayne's other half (Management Team) and passionate to help his dream become a reality.
"It's great to be part of a team that's full ah vibes and just want to have fun. I grew up in a country where carnival is part of you, so being involved in Team Masanova is like the icing on the cake. We are all unique in our own ways and working with such talented individuals is what makes us who we are. I cannot wait to see what the future holds....
One team, one band, family, friends and fun = mas"
Crystal, Wayne's Sister & Designer of Spice (aka CrystalzDesignz) - "It's given me the opportunity to do something I have always wanted too... create a costume line for Notting Hill Carnival! I was so overwhelmed seeing my designs at the band launch on a catwalk!"
Vincent, Wayne's Cousin
(also 1/3 of West Indian Connection Sound & Masanova DJ)
"I love being part of the Masanova Team, as an official Masanova DJ. I feed off the vibes from the mas band and designers, it makes me more creative and energetic when playing to the masses."
Jodie, Friend & Designer of Gaga (aka Confident Curves) "I love being part of the Masanova Team. We're a group of individuals who each bring different dynamics and intend to bring nothing but fun and friendly vibes to the roads of Notting Hill. I'm so excited to be part of a well organised group and showcase my vision through costume. Masanova isn't just a team it's a family."
Kim, Wayne's cousin. (Management Team & Media/Web Designer) - "Being a part of this band has given me the opportunity to unleash my creativity in ways I didn't think I could... from the first initial design ideas to being part of the band launch... It's great to be a part of a team with such talent and positive energy, can't wait to see Masanova on the road!"
Monique, Friend & Designer of Grace (aka Ashantixkweyol) "Having spent 3 years at home raising my son Mason and propelling my professional career, it was time to take my passion to another level. There's nothing sweeter than MAS, and being an avid soca fan, I have regularly remixed songs - singing & vibezing with my son. Mason soon became Masonova in 2017. So when I was approached to be part of a new band I said yes without hesitation and happily put forward Masonova as a potential name for the band. It's truly a wonderful feeling to see the concept evolve into 'Masanova' and I feel extremely proud and priviledged to be part of the most passionate team I've worked with in years. Our masqueraders are in good but troublesome hands and that's the perfect mix to bring pure delirium to the road! The streets of Notting Hill will never be the same again!
Masanova taking ova!
Firstly, we thank our family and friends for the constant support throughout this journey. It's makes it all worthwhile seeing the joy and energy they bring.
Thank you to Lloyd & Roz from Vybz Mas for the opportunity and experience.
Thank you to each and every model who took part in the shoot and band launch. We truly appreciate it.
Thank you to Sprinkle cakes for making our photo shoot lunch spread that extra bit special!
(Link to instagram page see photo below!)
A massive Thank you to the 'delirious' masqueraders who have purchased their costumes & T-shirts for 2019. We know you won't regret it!
And... last but certainly not least, Thank YOU for your support & love so far on this journey.
We are here to spread the energy, positive vibes and love we share as a team into carnival!
Get ready to bring pure delirium to the road!