Machel Montano is a happy man today. Two days after Bunji Garlin rocked the Coachella stage in California, Machel did pretty much the same thing alongside Major Lazer, sending a massive crowd of thousands who’d gathered for what some consider the biggest music and arts festival in the United States, wild with excitement.
Coachella welcomed some pretty big names this past weekend, including a surprise appearance by Barbados born international recording star, Rihanna. Taylor Swift was also there, taking in the show and by all accounts, she was pretty stumped when Rih walked on stage and broke into her hit, “We Found Love”. Rihanna was also spotted hanging out with Leonardo Di Caprio, fueling rumours that the two are love interests.
Machel Montano’s performance at Coachella though was definitely a big moment for Soca, Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. Montano had performed in Brooklyn, NY at an event called Diaspora Calling on Friday night. It was a TIDAL music event and Montano was one of several big names on the cast. Lauren Hill would headline and the King’s Theatre would also erupt with amazing performances by Stephen Marley, Stonebwoy out of Ghana and Haiti’s Paul Bearbrun. Two nights later, Montano would get his career high moment in California.
MACHEL IN BROOKLYN
“Just rocked the biggest stage of my life on the main stage of #Coachella2016 with my bruddas from @majorlazer @diplo @walshyfire @jillionaire alongside @duttypaul #OneWine #AllMyLove #SoundBang,” Montano had posted on his Instagram feed. Indeed he had. Like Garlin’s stage ripping performance on Friday night, nothing much had been revealed relative to Montano’s appearance at Coachella on Sunday. A pic posted just about two hours prior to his performance, revealed that something major was going down.
MACHEL AT COACHELLA
The Trinidadian superstar continues to work hard, having recently visited Bali where he tagged his images #balisongwritinginvitational. It was by no means a vacation for Montano. Now, we await his next move, post Coachella.
Koffee Leads The Way. Jamaica’s New Heroine Tells Fox News She Wants to Impact The World Positively.
Nineteen year old Mikayla Simpson is on a path of positivity. Koffee, her stage sobriquet, acquired and maintained since her High School days- the young, legend in the making who has reggae music’s Protoje and Chronixx as mentors, is bent on making a difference, with her God given talent.
Like her predecessor, Bob Marley, the young artiste who now has her own seven-piece band called The Raggamuffins, has soared to international acclamation in little to no time. Her breakthrough in 2017 was all she needed to essentially soar. The Apple iTunes ‘Up Next’ featured artist recently said, “I want to inspire the youth. I know I want to make a change and that’s something I stay focused on.” She says she sees herself as a tool that will be used for the continuation of reggae music and the Jamaican cultural legacy.
As Jaron Nurse Celebrates 2 Million You Tube Views, Steff London Did This:
For weeks, perhaps months… or maybe, even more than we even realize, the world’s been paying very close attention to global trends, trends that have taken many on a downward spiral of darkness in most cases. We’ve seen videos and photos across social media, of murders and sad outcries of family members, friends and hopeful leaders, but truth be told, the world’s chaotic scenes perpetrated across borders and plains, truly appears no where close to completion.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Jaron Nurse, a beacon of hope in a twin isle that’s been plagued by gang warfare and senseless crime, is but one person. ‘Fed Up’ is an anthem, a song that while masked with rhythmic similes that engage the youth, is truly, just one song amid countless others that preach the opposite. Two million views on YouTube, while a beautiful accomplishment for the young entertainer, is but a drop in the bucket- a far cry from what many argue, is needed, to bring Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the world, to a peaceful place of love and harmony, again.