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 A star that suddenly becomes thousands of times brighter and then gradually reverts back to its original intensity. 


NOVA Mas International holds the 2016 BHW BAND OF THE YEAR title! NOVA is committed to provide an exceptional Bermuda Heroes Weekend experience to local and visiting millennials. During 9, our band will continue to live true to its name and deliver experiences so outstanding that our light will radiate beyond the boundaries of normality! Simply put, masqueraders will be introduced to a new element and world when playing with NOVA; a world where VIVID dreams rival limits of REALITY!

NOVA’s diverse team is comprised of educated, talented, dedicated and experienced individuals who are known for producing first class quality events both locally and internationally. The team endeavors to provide a quality experience that aligns with the Bermuda Heroes Weekend brand, while remaining culturally and authentically rich and displaying the best we have to offer as an island!



Our Ethos

Culture

  • We are committed to highlighting, preserving and portraying the culture and arts of Bermuda. Our band is inspired by authentic Trinidad carnival traditions yet celebrates Bermuda’s local heritage and culture.
  • Through our creative and artistic expression, we effectively fuse an explosion of bright colors, costumes, food and carnival's music & dance.

Unity

  • NOVA emphasizes the value of unity. We fuse and connect aspects from all demographics, radiating an aura of harmony, entertainment and fulfillment.
  • Our band fosters an opportunity for masqueraders to discover similarities and simultaneously celebrate the differences among us all.

Rhythm

  • The atmosphere of rapture and NOVA’s vibrant island rhythm will foster a wave of energy amongst masqueraders and spectators alike. The overall vibe and rhythm of our Mas will be a festive celebration, merging modern day beats with an eruption of fantasy energy.
  • We promote individuality and our band facilitates the prime opportunity to illustrate dynamic self-expression. – A true celebration of life!
The great civilizations didn't vanish, they transformed!
For Bermuda Heroes Weekend 2019,

The ancients have shown us the way…
Now we must Rule the ROAD!
Will you follow the signs?!
Start as player, finish as a legend.
It’s NOVA or NOTHING!

Section Inspirations

NUBIA – Designed by Shawn Dhanraj

The greater the challenge, the greater the GLORY! Behold the glory of NUBIA - the Egyptian dynasty, the mother of ancient beauty!


INDRA – Designed by Rawle Permanand

In a world where nothing is private, the best thing to do is maintain YOUR MYSTERY. Indulge in the allure of INDRA, who ruled the mysterious Indus Valley.


MAKEDA – Designed by Marie Collette
Marketed By: Yuma Vibe

It is within YOU that the Divine lives. Make way for MAKEDA, the majestic Queen of ancient Axum. Radiate love; Discover the divine.


INTI – Designed by Alejandro Gomez
Marketed By: Caesars Army

Everyday is a reason to celebrate! All hail INTI, the Inca Sun God! The light of the great civilization will rise again.


MITANNI – Designed by Designing Daryl
Marketed By: The Aura Experience

The great kingdom of MITANNI were born to rule and always wore their crown. Discover Mesopotamian royalty at its finest!


CULHUA – Designed by David Dewer

The CULHUA have never been defeated. Courage above all things is the strongest quality of a warrior! The Aztec Empire was the most powerful known to man.


The overall vibe and rhythm of our Mas will be a festive celebration, merging modern day beats with an eruption of fantasy energy.
Our Elite line up of talent includes:

DJ Puffy
(Barbados)

DJ Puffy is the 2017 crowned Red Bull Thre3style Champion! He has evolved as one of the most in-demand DJs in the Caribbean and across its diaspora in the UK, US and Canada. Having mastered radio and the club before exiting his teen years, this unique entertainment icon is unquestionably a prodigy. DJ Puffy holds residency at Sugar Ultra Lounge, as well as, a high-energy evening slot on Slam 101.1 FM (Barbados).

His resume includes nearly every major event to hit Barbados in recent times. His audiences have included Amber Rose, J. Cole, Jeremih, Shontelle and Rihanna to name a few. Not only has he played for an A-list crowd but he has also opened for many of them, such as UK duo, Chase and Status, Omarion and Rick Ross.

DJ Puffy is amped to return to Bermuda, bringing his high energy and versatility on the road with NOVA!


Riggo Sauve
(New York)

"International Event Damaging Caribbean DJ"

Not only is he displaying his craft locally in NYC but he is even traveling to various carnivals; Miami, Trinidad, Bermuda, and Barbados, to name a few; spreading his style of DJing. He has climbed his way into the ranks of highly recognized international DJs across the world and most recently the newest member of Da Union Entity..

Earning the respect and recognition of his talents by well known artists, is only the icing on the cake. Being deemed "The Stage God" is much more than a nickname. He demands the attention of the crowd and in return delivers an adrenaline rush that leaves listeners wanting more by the end of his segment. His journey began many years ago but is surely far from its end.

NOVA Masqueraders get ready to witness Riggo's energy on the road!


Jus Jay
(Barbados)

Bio Coming Soon



Mista Genius
(Bermuda)

Mista Genius formerly known as iMEGA has been in the local music industry for well over 10 years. While in high school, he was a part of a sound called Powerflex. Upon returning to Bermuda from university he formed Dynasty Sound which featured himself and Clevie Dots. Dynasty Sound performed at parties around the island at venues such as Slipaways Lounge and Club Malabar as well as local Teen Dances. In June 2016, Mista Genius decided to branch off on his own and formed iMEGA Sound. With lots of practice and listening to live audio from DJ’s abroad iMEGA was on the come up, playing at numerous events across the island as well as a few parties internationally such as in New York. In April of 2015 he joined local top sound King Jyrus. Since then "Mista Genius" has had success from being on the winning Reggae team at the 2015 and 2016 Soca vs Reggae concert with King Jyrus as well as landing a spot on Bermuda's energy station Vibe 103 every Friday from 7-10pm w/ Co-Host Thundee.

Mista Genius is one of NOVA’s anchor DJ’s and he is ready to bring pure VIBEZ on the road!!


DJ iBreeze
(Bermuda)

Bakari Smith, better known by his stage name as DJ iBreeze of King Jyrus Sound, is a well versatile Bermudian DJ and Promoter with 22 years of experience in music entertainment. He started out with a school bag stuffed with computer speakers, a Walk-Man and mixed tapes he recorded off local radio stations. Now he is well known for his exciting style of deejaying, his swagg and not to mention his RealFrenz and NeedForNinetyz brands.

DJ iBreeze is a name that no longer needs an introduction mainly to the people who bang his mixes WORLD-WIDE on soundcloud, mixcloud, those that play his mixed cds in their cars and the party goers who have attended his live events/shows across Bermuda.

Music has given DJ iBreeze the opportunity to travel and apply his trademark in such places as New York, Toronto & Halifax. He is considered one of the most versatile musical figures in Bermuda with the ability to rock crowds of all ages, colors, shapes and sizes with Afrobeats, Dancehall, Soca, Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae, Old School and so much more.

As one of NOVA’s anchor DJs, DJ iBreeze is ready to drop the hits to give you a blast on the road! Just ask for #DjiBreezePlz


Dr. Jay
(Toronto)

When it comes to Canada’s Caribbean music scene, Dr. Jay is considered Soca royalty. With his vast musical talents and ongoing recognition for his experience in building Soca’s nightlife culture over the past 25 years of his career, ‘De Soca Prince’ is undisputed as the nation’s #1 Soca DJ. He hosts and produces ‘Soca Therapy’ (a show he started more than a decade ago!) on CHRY 105.5FM, and during that time this ground-breaking show is consistently rated as one of the top-rated weekly shows on the commercial FM dial.

Dr. Jay’s skills have taken the sweet sounds of the Caribbean worldwide audience, from Hong Kong to New York to England and back to the islands of the Caribbean. He has worked with some of Soca’s biggest stars, such as Machel Montano, Destra, and Patrice Roberts, and has also produced hit records for Skinny Fabulous, Edwin Yearwood and Lil’ Bitts, to name a few.

Dr. Jay was recently named as the Soca music ambassador for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (formerly known as Caribana). Dr. Jay performs in front of thousands of sell out crowds all year round at his signature events such as Doh Cry Ah Leavin, Big People Fete, J’Ouvert, Return Fete, Soca or Die, and Best Fete Forever.

Dr. Jay’s brand is synonymous with Soca and Calypso on an international level. He is ready to give NOVA Masqueraders a true carnival experience!

Masqueraders will be introduced to a new element and experience when playing with NOVA; an ultimate carnival experience that will complement what Bermuda Heroes Weekend has come to be known for in addition to creating individual and lasting memories! Celebrate Life, Play NOVA!

What to expect on the road:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • All Inclusive Bar Experience (at lunch spot)
  • Unlimited Water / Non-alcoholic beverages*
  • NOVA Swag Bag (filled with Carnival essentials)
  • Private Security Team
  • On-Site Medical Team
  • NOVA Paparazzi
  • Premier Quality Sound System
  • Elite DJ line-up
  • THE ULTIMATE NOVA EXPERIENCE
  • You, Your Selected NOVA Costume and Your ‘Circle of Friends’

Masqueraders Benefit Card

This is what’s up: Registered NOVA Masqueraders will be given a benefit card for their participation with NOVA Mas International for the 2019 Bermuda Heroes Weekend—Parade of Bands. With this card members would enjoy specified perks on products and/or services from participating establishments. This would only be valid for a specific timeframe.

The benefit card will be made available for collection at our Band House prior to the start of the benefit window. Note the benefit card will only be issued to Masqueraders whose costumes have been paid in full.

Up for the challenge? Join Us: Document your own fitness journey using the hashtag #NOVAFIT

Designed with your well-being in mind, we’ve partnered with some of Bermuda’s top fitness gurus who are committed to getting you ready for the road! As a NOVA Masquerader you will enjoy access to preferred rates on classes, group or personal training sessions.
Watch our social media pages for updates on class information and special offers!

Other Amazing NOVA Packages!

We have the following available:
  • Couples Package
  • Circle of Friends Package
  • Corporate Package
  • Student Package
  • Road Dawgs Package
  • International All Inclusive Package

Email info@novamasintl.com for more details

Parties, Events & Exclusives

  • CARNIVAL COSTUME DESIGN CHALLENGE SHOWCASE – April 2019
  • REVIVE – May 23rd, 2019
  • MAI TAI SUNRISE – June 15th, 2019
  • BRUNCH IN DE BUSH – August 18th , 2019
  • FETE DE NOEL – December 7th, 2019
  • And more! Stay tuned for more details!
  • Q: Does NOVA have a Band House location to view costumes?

    A: Yes, most definitely! When we say we’re here to give you Bermuda’s ultimate carnival experience, we mean it! A Band House is a key factor in an authentic carnival experience and we are committed to providing that atmosphere for our masqueraders, designers, assemblers, etc. NOVA’s Band House/Showroom location is 20 Ewing Street, 2nd Floor, Hamilton, Bermuda.

  • Q: What are the Band House/Showroom opening hours?

    A: NOVA’s Band House/Showroom is open Monday, Wednesday & Friday 12pm – 2pm & 5pm – 8pm and Saturdays: 11am -5pm. Hours will increase closer to Carnival. Mas Camp times and dates will always be communicated to masqueraders via email and NOVA’s social media platforms.

  • Q: Can I submit a custom request?

    A: Yes, we will be accepting a limited amount of costume customization request until March 31st, 2019. Customization request are a premium service offered by NOVA and are priced accordingly. Applicable fees apply. Custom request must be paid in full upfront in order to be processed. We reserve the right to decline request where necessary. Please email info@novamasintl.com

  • Q: Can I get frontline pieces with my backline costume?

    A: Frontline costume pieces are not an option for backline purchase.

  • Q: Can I order extra items with my costumes?

    A: Of course! We have a variety of add-on options available; ranging from standard add-on options including boy shorts, to additional pieces such as feathered headpieces, feathered foot pieces, male’s t-shirt/tank, NOVA Mas snapback etc. These items will be indicated as an add-on option where applicable along with respective cost.

  • Q: How can I pay for my costume?

    A: NOVA accepts Cash at our Mas Camp location (opening days/hours noted above); and online via Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard and AMEX). Cheques are not accepted for payment.

  • Q: Are costume payment plans available?

    A:Yes,we’ve got you covered! Payment plans will be made available; but 50% of the costume must be paid by 23rd March 2019. Costumes must be paid in full prior to collection, and can be paid for in-house immediately before collecting the costume (Cash). Masqueraders can also make advance payments at NOVA’s Mas Camp and online via Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard and AMEX).

  • Q: What is Fast Track service?

    A: Fast Track is a priority service offered by NOVA which allows masqueraders who have paid for their costumes in full to benefit from a minimal wait time when collecting their order/costumes. As such, top priority is given in the costume collection process for any Fast Track persons.

  • Q: Can I get a refund for my costume deposit for any reason?

    A:No. Deposits/payments are NON REFUNDABLE.

  • What information will be required for registration?

    A: ALL masqueraders must provide the following information for registration:

    General Information
    • Full Name
    • Age
    • Date of Birth
    • Email Address (1 per masquerader)
    • Phone Number (including area code)
    • Lunch Preference: Fish, Chicken, Vegetarian
    • Any known food allergies
    Females
    • Bra Size
    • Bottom Style: Bikini or thong (boy shorts an add-on option)
    • Bottom Size
    Males
    • Pant Size (waist)
  • Q: What happens if I input inaccurate information into the registration system?

    A: We require you to be as accurate as possible. After registration there will be neither size/costume changes nor amendments to the registration information. Changes will not be accommodated.

  • Q: I’ve purchased a costume from another masquerader. How do I transfer the costume to my name?

    A: NOVA does not facilitate costume transfers. Please ensure you receive a letter from the original costume owner authorizing you to collect on their behalf.

  • Q: When will I receive my NOVA Masquerader’s card?

    A: The benefit card will be made available for collection at our Mas Camp prior to the start of the benefit window. Note the benefit card will only be issued to Masqueraders whose costumes have been paid in full.

  • Q: If I give one of my extra items (such as a male t-shirt, tank or snapback) to a friend, can they play Mas?

    A:No. Only masqueraders with a NOVA wristband will be permitted to play Mas with NOVA. Your costume is not complete without a NOVA-issued wristband; masqueraders not wearing their wristband will be removed from the band. T-shirt option packages will be made available for purchase at a later date.

  • Q: When do I collect my costume?

    A: The costume distribution schedule will be communicated in a variety of ways. The schedule will be emailed to all masqueraders, posted to our website and also noted on our social media platforms. Different costume styles and packages will have different distribution dates.

    If you miss your costume collection date, you may collect on any other noted date however priority will be given to those individuals collecting on their designated day.

  • Q: What do I collect on my distribution date?

    A: You will receive your costume, a NOVA Swag Bag, filled with carnival essentials & a NOVA Wristband. Your costume is not complete without a NOVA issued wristband; masqueraders not wearing their wristband will be removed from the band.

  • Q: I’m unable to collect my costume; can another person collect on my behalf?

    A: Yes, the person collecting the costume on your behalf must be provided with a signed letter by you authorizing the new owner to collect the costume on your behalf, and accompanied by a copy of the original owner’s ID. Alternatively, the original owner can send an authorization email to info@novamasintl.com from the email address attached to their costume.

  • Q: What is the location of the Parade of Bands and at what time does Mas begin?

    A: We are currently awaiting final details from BHW Ltd. (Bermuda Heroes Weekend organizing committee). We will provide an update to all masqueraders on the pertinent information and logistics of the parade.

  • Q: Are alcoholic beverages included in my registration?

    A: BHW Ltd holds the only liquor license for the Parade of Bands. Unfortunately we cannot provide alcohol for our masqueraders; BHW Ltd will have alcoholic beverages on sale during the Parade of Bands. Please note, however, we can facilitate advance drink ticket purchases for you upon request.

  • Q: Who should I contact if I’m interested in providing a product, service and/or becoming a sponsor of NOVA?

    A: Please email us with your proposal at info@novamasintl.com.









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