Impressions: Machel Montano Takes The UN

June 10, 2014

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Che Kothariโ€”


Machel Montano might preside atop Trinidad’s Ministry of Road in song only, but T&T’s reigning soca superpower made an official appearance inside the United Nations this past Friday night. Part of the UN’s 2015 and Beyond sustainable-development campaign, the Setting the Stage concert (which coincided with last week’s Caribbean Week events in NYC, and was presented by General Assembly President John Ashe, an Antiguan) featured acts from around the world with an emphasis on the Caribbean, including fellow Trini David Rudder, and zouk icons Kassav’.

to craft a new sustainable development agenda the Setting the Stage: The Concert event showcased musicians from around the world, with a special emphasis on the Caribbean, inside the. Fellowย Trini David Rudder, and zouk icons Kassav’‘ were among the other acts on the bill. (The event, which took place during New York’s Caribbean Week, was presented by the U.N.’sย  General Assembly President John W. Ash, an Antiguan).

Although his performance was brief, Machel left an impression with his set, whichย featured some of his most socially conscious and global-minded material, including “No War,” “Possessed,” “Real Unity,” and “Happiest Man Alive.” Che Kothari captured images of Machel’s experience.

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