Jul 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Machel Montano

Throwback Thursdays: Machel Montano’s “Too Young To Soca”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Another year, another set of crowns for Machel Montano. “Mr. Fete” won the Power category again at the International Soca Monarch competiton on Friday with “Ministry of Road (M.O.R.),” narrowly missing a sweep as Kerwin DuBois took Groovy Soca Monarch. “M.O.R.” meanwhile was inescapable at Mas in Port of Spain, taking the Road March title with a whopping 374 plays, more than six times the nearest competitor. In light of his continued success, it’s only appropriate on this Throwback Thursday back to where it all started for Machel.

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Carnival Checklist: Pre-Carnival Week in Trinidad


Words by Marcha M. Johnson—
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You Rate It: Machel Montano Meets… Boyz II Men?

Words by Marcha M. Johnson and Jesse Serwer—

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Machel Montano has collaborated with a wide variety of artists over his 20-plus-year career, from Pitbull to Ladysmith Black Mambazo. But his latest joint effort might be his most surprising. In a pairing no one saw coming, Trinidad’s reigning Soca Monarch has teamed with ’90s R&B quartet Boyz II Men for “Don’t Let Go,” a track which pairs the Boyz’—or, should we say, the Men’s—signature smooth harmonies melodies with Montano’s island boy charm.

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Toppa Top 10: International Soca Monarch Contenders


Words by Tishanna Williams—

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Soca in Space: Machel Montano’s “Happiest Man Alive” Video

Words by Marcha M. Johnson—

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“Happiest Man Alive” was Machel Montano’s first release for the 2014 Trinidad Carnival Season and, now, the reigning Soca Monarch and his frequent visual collaborator Damien Marcano (director of the feature film God Loves the Fighter) have blessed us with visuals for the fan favorite. But this isn’t your conventional Carnival music video, with throngs of people and monster sound systems pervading the streets of Port of Spain. It’s actually almost the complete opposite.

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Minister Montano: Machel’s “Ministry of Road” Campaign

Words by Tishanna Williams—

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Throughout the month of February, LargeUp will be reporting on all things related to Trinidad Carnival ahead of the big event March 3 and 4. First up is Tishanna Williams’ breakdown of Machel Montano’s plans to establish a “Ministry of Road” for Carnival 2014.

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