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Machel Montano’s Work Honored by The University of Trinidad and Tobago. ‘Lady’ Well Pleased In Her Son.

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Machel’s achievement was celebrated last week by friends and family. Among those present were Tony Chow Lin On and Montano’s partner, Renee Butcher. PHOTO CREDIT: Jermaine Cruickshank

In the wake of the sudden death of two of Trinidad and Tobago’s calypso stalwarts- The Mighty Shadow and De Fosto, Machel Montano was last week honored by the University of Trinidad and Tobago- the young veteran receiving a Doctorate for his years of artistic and cultural contribution in his homeland.

Elizabeth Montano graduated in October with her Master’s Degree.

Machel Montano has given his life to the art form known as Soca and with every victory attained, Trinidad and Tobago has been represented. On Thursday, November 15th, as Machel received his honors, he thanked the people responsible for his development as a human being- his parents and brother Marcus. He also thanked his former music teacher, who he explained, was blind. “I want to dedicate this award to him also,” he said of the teacher who he credited with coaching him when he had just started his career in music. “He was a blind man by the name of Ashford Joseph of Siparia. Rest in peace, I wish he could have seen this moment,” said Montano.

Machel was all smiles last week’s graduation ceremony. PHOTO CREDIT: Jermaine Cruickshank

Machel’s mother, Elizabeth Montano who ironically, graduated with a Masters of Philosophy in Cultural Studies in October, said of her son’s bestowed honor, “Congratulations my son. I see the feeling in your heart, reflected in your smile.”

His response to his mom’s post was heart warming to say the least :

“Thank you beautiful mother! My work could not have been what it is today without you and ‘tocobushdoc” and our strong family. Thank you for always supporting us.” – MACHEL MONTANO. 

 

Machel Montano has been a part of the entertainment industry since the age of 9. He is now 43 -years- old and celebrates his birthday on November 24th.

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Machel Rubs Shoulders with International Celebs. Fans Defend Him.

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Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. One radio personality made a point on Wednesday, of telling listeners that he felt Machel Montano was pretty much acting like a groupie when he attended Rihanna’s Diamond Ball last week. All this because the superstar soca artiste who has collaborated with the likes of Doug E Fresh, Ashanti and Shaggy, had taken and posted a lot of celebrity pics, post event.

Fans are however supporting the Soca Taipan, saying it’s good to see that Machel, being a Caribbean megastar, is also a fan of artistes and isn’t afraid to express that feeling. Montano met and took photos with Rihanna, Pharell, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill and Megan the Stallion who recently signed with ROC Nation.

On the heels of that event and Montano’s social media photo explosion, came his appearance on the Girls Cruise reality TV show. Fellow soca artist, Rome is a part of the show’s full time production and showcased Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival 2019 season, to major cast members Chilli of TLC, Lil Kim, BSimone and Maya among others. The episode aired last weekend, saw appearance during by Machel and Alison Hinds during a yacht party. Montano even performed.

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Erphaan Alves Will Release His ‘Proudest’ Project Tonight.

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He’s ambitious! Erphaan Alves is adamant that he will take the Soca genre global. He made a point of launching the effort dubbed the No Seasons Project after Carnival 2019, promising to deliver new music regularly. Other artistes like Iwer George promised to do the same, but thus far, Nailah Blackman has been the one Soca artiste who’s delivered new music consistently.

Tonight, Erphaan Alves’ continues his commitment to delivering soca year round. A brand new single and video will be released – another track post carnival – the young entertainer having released, “Lock On” in May this year. Erphaan says this project forms part of his soca story and effectively strengthens his mission to take the genre to global audiences.

Erphaan Alves wants to take Soca music to global audiences.

On Instagram, Alves said the production and delivery of new Soca music post carnival, by artistes, would essentially lead to more interest by fans, more local soca events, increased market activity and essentially, increased global appeal. His launch later tonight, takes place at Buzz Bar located at One Woodbrook Place in Port-of-Spain.

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