Machel Montano is loved world over for Soca music but a recent chat with fellow entertainers on Instagram may have landed the ‘Like A Boss’ singer in some hot water.
On the heels of his new album release, fans and critics of the artist have been weighing in heavily on the sentiment uttered last week on soca artist Voice’s ‘Vibes with Voicey’ Instagram Live show. Machel had been asked by the young, three time Soca Monarch King about infidelity in marriage, and Montano’s unexpected response is now being debated.
Machel and Renee tied the knot in a Red House wedding one year ago. The couple subsequently stood atop Montano’s final ‘Machel Monday’ stage in 2020, declaring their love for the world to see, in a ceremony fete attended by thousands and viewed now by thousands more around the world.
The event has since been packaged and was shown to fans exclusively via Montano’s website on what would have been Carnival Monday 2021. Now, the first wedding anniversary has been followed up with a new album, aptly called “The Wedding Album,” which features artists like Teddy Riley, Afro B, Vybz Kartel, Stacy Barthe, Voice, DJ Tunez, Hey Choppi & Lu City. Its was dedicated by the soca star to his wife.
Machel’s untraditional response to the question of cheating has since been discussed across social media and even on radio. Some have expressed disappointment over the entertainer’s comments. On Facebook, one person wrote, “This is prime example of why many young men are being led astray. They look up to the wrong people for guidance. Machel, other soca artistes, dancehall , rappers etc who promote the enemy’s agenda.” While many did agree with Machel’s ‘higher level’ understanding of love, others just weren’t in agreement at all.
Tarrus Riley Turns The Heat Up A Notch, Releases “Like That.”
Known for his evolutionary sound, Tarrus Riley is set to kick off the summer with his new single “ Like That”, produced by DJ Frass Records. The single, which was released April 2nd, garnered solid streaming numbers via Apple music and on Apple US itunes charts, has been receiving airplay on various mainstream stations in the US and UK.
Riley, known for his impressive catalogue of hits which includes, “Good Girl Gone Bad’, “Lion Paw”, “Memory”, a soca track done with Soca music maven, Machel Montano and the unforgettable, “She’s Royal”, is no stranger to creating hits, nor is he far removed from innovation. According to a media release issued by Destine Media, “Like That’, ifuses dancehall and R&B flavours and delivers a groove geared at getting women around the world, dancing and feeling perfect within themselves.
The media release highlights that over the past few years, reggae and dancehall music have been scrutinised for its evolution of, but Tarrus believes this evolution should be enjoyed and embraced, rather than negatively labeled.
In an interview with Pat Meschino for Daily Beast, Riley said “don’t watch the tempo because I like doing new things. People are concerned with names, labels, trap, rap, hip-hop, dancehall, I can’t bother with dem things. I have always been doing different kinds of sounds and I will continue. Music is going through a change right now, people are blending and fusing, everybody wants to call it a name, but I just call it good music.”
“Like That” is another song that highlights the Jamaican artist’s ability to blend sounds while maintaining his authenticity and entertaining his fan base. Currently set to headline Best of the Best Miami Music Fest 2021, Tarrus plans on releasing a few more sings this year.
St. Vincent’s Skinny Fabulous Says, “We Will Get Through This,” as La Soufrière Volcano Threatens Disaster.
The people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been placed on disaster alert by the island’s Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves as the La Soufrière volcano exhibited a change in eruptive activity. The island is now on red alert which means an eruption is imminent, according to the country’s National Emergency Management Organization.
Soca artist and song writer, Skinny Fabulous, in a social media post on Thursday night said, “Prayers be with us. Our volcano has gone into an elevated state of activities that suggest that an explosive eruption is imminent or at least highly probable. I trust that persons while being urgent, wont panic. Easier said than done I know but let’s all act in accordance with all the guidelines and protocols and do so safely. We have been planning for this for weeks. We will get through this.” Beneath his sentiments on Instagram, fellow Caribbean entertainers posted emotional expressions of hope for safety.
Evacuation orders are in place in about a dozen districts of St. Vincent, affecting roughly 6,000 to 7,000 people, a spokesperson for the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre, or UWI-SRC, told CNN.
The volcano has had five explosive eruptions — in 1718, 1812, 1814, 1902/03 and 1979 — according to the seismic research center.
Help on the way.
On Twitter, NEMO officials said cruise ships were heading to the islands to assist with evacuations. CNN reported that Carnival Cruise Lines is sending two ships — the Carnival Paradise and the Carnival Legend — to evacuate residents. The report stated that each ship will accommodate up to 1,500 residents who will be transported to neighboring islands, which have agreed to offer refuge out of harm’s way.
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