The secret’s gotta be out by now. The world’s best kept music secret, the sweetness of Soca, is now OUT. Under the spotlight of Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre, Machel Montano, on Tuesday gave the world what could have possibly been, the realest notice that Soca music is ready to penetrate and will, by any and all means necessary.
For decades, efforts have continued by Soca music ambassadors, willing music industry heavyweights around the world to pay attention and buy into what some would describe as the happiest music there is. On Tuesday, surrounded by big guns in the music biz like DJ Khaled, JayZ, Chris Brown, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Busta Rhymes, Yankee, Yo Gotti and A$AP Ferg, Trinidad and Tobago’s biggest soca star, Machel Montano, left Soca’s signature at Barclays Centre like only he could.
The TIDAL event, billed as a disaster relief concert for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that recently tore through Mexico, attracted a massive crowd to the Brooklyn venue.
Montano who hit the stage wearing a grey sweat suit, matching bandana tied around his head and punctuated by the red, white and black Trinbago flag, was amped up as ever, taking fans through the paces with a rendition of his hit single, “Like A Boss” before igniting the venue with a blast from the past- “It’s Carnival”, a song he collaborated on with Destra Garcia in 2003.
The energy was insane, to say the least. The crowd fed off the Soca star’s energy and DJ Khaled seemed genuinely impressed by the response. He even delivered his signature dance moves and jumped a bit to the beat of the Caribbean’s best kept secret.
On social media, Machel thanked producer, Kernal Roberts and fellow Trinidad and Tobago Soca star Destra Garcia for “It’s Carnival”, saying:
“Big Up Destra Garcia and Kernal Roberts for this amazing classic that will probably go down as the #1 Soca song of all time.”
Destra responded to his post, saying :
Thank you for Always Representing HARD! Little or a lot! The impact is evident and the soca flag was flown! Well done M….🚀🚀🚀 it’s Carnival to the world 🌎 you’re right I think the whole world knows that song😂😂 @machelmontano