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French Montana For Machel Monday Later. Could There Be More Surprises?

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For years, Machel has kept fans engrossed by his Machel Monday event. He has brought Beenie Man at least twice.

Year after Year, Machel Montano has a way of wowing audiences at home in Trinidad and Tobago. He’s got some kind of magnetic force it seems, and despite the fact that he may not have a massive catalogue of hits to shower his loyal supporters with, this year, the masses will rush to the venue like every other year, to secure the perfect spot to count down the arrival of their favorite Soca Hero at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain, later this evening.

This year, Montano presents international Hip Hop recording artist, French Montana to the Machel Monday stage. It’s certainly not the first time that the Monk would’ve introduced some semblance of international flavor to the Carnival circuit. Pit Bull, for one, has been included on the Machel Monday cast, several times. After much hype over Montano’s performance alongside DJ Khaled at the Barclay’s Stadium in Brooklyn last year however, many thought the super producer who has worked with such acts as Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Beyonce, would be among those gracing the stage at Machel Monday this year.

Machel’s concert event has featured some of the biggest names in Caribbean entertainment over the years.

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The Bassman – The Mighty Shadow Passes On.

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Another legend has left the earth. The Mighty Shadow, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most unique calypsonians passed away at hospital this morning. He was 77 years old.

Word of his death has since spread like wildfire on social media as many send their condolences to family, friends and members of the cultural fraternity in Trinidad and Tobago.

Shadow was well admired for his unique style of vocal and stage execution. Always donning black, the veteran artist would wow crowds with simple theatrics and a bounce that many will forever know as “The Shadow”.

A former Road March King of Trinidad and Tobago, Winston Bailey contributed many carnival anthems during his career. In 1974 he had stolen the Road March race with a song called “Bassman” and in 2001 he did it again with “Stranger”. But beyond that, Shadow’s delivery of songs like “Poverty is Hell” spoke to the psyche of the nation’s people. EBUZZTT has learnt that the calypsonian was due to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies this week. He is said to have died this morning at the Mt. Hope Hospital after suffering a stroke on Saturday.

 

 

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Machel Montano Emerges to Find T&T Drenched Following Weekend Floods.

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Flood waters have devastated many across East and Central, Trinidad. Photo Credit: Rishi Ragoonath. 

One of Trinidad and Tobago’s most idolized soca artistes had been off radar for the past four days. Machel Montano has since re-emerged, having switched on his mobile phone and reconnected with the world. He says he had been on a four day retreat and had no access to his phone or any outside media. What he found upon reconnecting with social media was that his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago had suffered massive flooding and devastation.

Like many other entertainers, the Road March title holder immediately extended a message of hope to those who’ve been affected.

“This morning I was overwhelmed by the amount of messages of concern, prayer and well wishing. I was saddened to learn of the devastating floods that hit home in Trinidad and Tobago and my heart goes out to all those who are affected.”

The Siparia native who now resides in Los Angeles, explained that Trinidad and Tobago is a nation of great resilience and further saluted those who’ve helped during and in the aftermath of of the flooding. “Thank you for all the prayers and to all those who will continue to support the relief efforts,” he said on Instagram.

 

 

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