MEET THE CARNIVAL QUEEN

It’s nearly time for Notting Hill Carnival which means we’re gearing up for two days of out-there costumes, great music and of course some serious dancing! To get us all in the mood, who better to chat to than one of its coolest dancers? Zizi Scandal (real name Aziza Jones) is the 21 year old star from dancehall crew The Heatwave, whose Hot Wuk parties are one of the hottest at Carnival every year!

Hi Zizi! How did you get into dance?

I have always danced as a child, but I never pursued it professionally until I met The Heatwave at Notting Hill Carnival in 2011!

Can you sum up your dance style in three words?

Provocative. Fun. Energetic.

What are you most looking forward to about Carnival?

I’m so excited to perform on the Red Bull stage with the rest of The Heatwave crew!

What will you wear?

On the morning I’ll be heading up one of the trucks as part of the parade, so will be rocking top-to-toe white to represent the Angel of Hope. And for my Red bull performance… you’ll have to wait and see.

What’s a Heatwave party like?

It’s a party where no-one behaves!

What’s been the best place you’ve danced apart from Carnival?

The one that sticks out is our boat party at Outlook festival in Croatia. It was epic. Hundreds of people in the middle of the ocean with nothing around you but sea, good music and a boat full of people ready to party till the sun goes down. Words cannot describe!

How would you describe your look?

I don’t really have a look. I have a billion looks! I wake up in the morning and dress however I feel. Vintage, punk rock, current fashion, tomboyish whatever!

Who’s wardrobe would you love to trade with?

Kelis!

What does the future hold for you? 

I want to travel the world just living life on the go, exploring new countries and cultures. That would be so perfect.

Catch Zizi at The Heatwave’s Hot Wuk Carnival Truck Party this Saturday at Koko and Notting Hill Carnival on Monday.