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Carnival: Candy Mas celebrate five years on the road

COLOUR PLAY: Candy Mas revellers at a previous edition of Notting Hill Carnival (image credit: Trevor Raymond)

NOTTING HILL Carnival 2017 marks the fifth year that Candy Mas, a group of hard-working individuals, assembled to form an experience out of this world, bringing to the streets an explosion of “our five senses transfused into one."

Founded by DJ Shak Attak and his team who brought with them years of experience of being immersed in culture, music, design, dance, business management, food and a true understanding of the meaning of 'service', this group set out to make an unforgettable lasting mark on the industry like never before.

DJ Shak Attak has this to say about this year’s theme:

“As Sunday is branded as a family day, we decided to make the experience fun, colourful, interactive, expressive and most of all, we are pleased to now be able to extend this experience to Sunday morning for J’ouvert and Monday Mas with its colourful explosion of costumes.”

In its early days, Candy Mas took to the Streets of Notting Hill in style, ‘fogging-up the place’ with 'Candy Fog', in an epic beginning of Candy Mas which infused the colour, flavour, feeling, sound and the sweet smell of Sunday Carnival.

In 2014 Candy Mas presented 'A Sweet World' and continued to grow at an impressive rate, clocking-up fans at an impressive rate, confirming that people really love the brand.

CROWD-PLEASING: Last year's Candy Mas supporters (image credit: Trevor Raymond)

After overcoming some challenges, Shak formed a new team dedicated to taking Candy Mas #CarnivalCrasherZ on the Road for 2015 and beyond, with that year's theme 'MonsterZ'. In 2016 Candy Mas presented '50 Shades of Colour' and this year, Candy Mas is presenting the 'Bubble Bath' theme.

Revellers will be fully entertained over the two days by;

• Skinny Fabulous (International Soca Artist)

• Mr Killa (International Soca Artist)

• D’Transformerz (featuring DJ Shak Attack)

• Almighty Sounds

• Big Business featuring Cappa Chino

• DJ Young Chow (New York City)

•DJ Notorious (New York City).

DOIN' IT FOR THE KIDS: Young Carnival-goers celebrate (image credit: Trevor Raymond)

This year, Candy Mas have focused on the kids and have launched in association with the Venture Centre, who offer young people fantastic opportunities to not just participate, but to gain skills and qualifications in the process.

DJ Shak Attak said:

“We would like to extend a massive thanks to Pattrina Quashie-Ferguson and the fantastic team at The Venture Centre for fully supporting this area of the program. It is a strong partnership and plans are already in full swing for 2018.

“At this point I would also like to extend special thanks to The Voice newspaper, Jamaica National Money Transfer, Catalyst, Radio, all the designers for 2017 - Rita Keino, Crazy Sexy Cool, Dreyd'iz Vybz, Basic Designs, Project Coordinator - Olijai, Project Consultant - Sandra Esprit, Special Edition Models, Supporting Cast - Cappa Chino, Colin Crawford, Dj Buju, DJ Junior, Princess Bim, Mr HK, Jah Eyez, Mark Saga Boyz, June, Mz Antigua and all models and supporters of the brand.

"Candy Mas have a number of great events through the year. If you would like to keep informed about any of these please follow us on Instagram @carnivalcrasherz ."

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