Nov 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Machel Montano

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—


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—


“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—


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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Check It Deeply: Reggae Goes Soca

Words by Michellee Nelson—Mr-Vegas-Shock-Dem

There was a time not that long ago where reggae and soca artists were at odds with one another, instead of in harmony. Check out this video from Reggae Sunsplash ’91, where foundation deejay Charlie Chaplin goes in on calypso.

But in recent years, Jamaican artists known for making reggae and dancehall have put out soca records in growing numbers. Though Jamaicans like Byron Lee and the Dragonaires have made calypso for decades, you could say Beenie Man led the current wave with 1998’s “Jump and Whine”, among the first tunes from a reggae act to appear on a Soca Gold compilation. As Carnival has grown in popularity in Jamaica, soca’s influence on the island’s music has grown, with songs like “Jump” and “Daggerin” from RDX, Aidonia’s “Bruki,” and “Wet Fete” off Gyptian’s latest album, SLR, fusing dancehall with soca rhythms to produce some of the biggest Caribbean tunes of the past couple years.

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