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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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Shaft’s Master Plan for Artistes Will Blow You Away. Super Songwriter Prepares for Global Connects.

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He’s never too far. He’s a part of the carnival tapestry even when you hardly hear of his pursuits in a season. T&T’s carnival 2019 period has seen Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop penetrate the airwaves with more than six carnival anthems. He’s the man behind Patrice Roberts’ killer tourism-jingle- like hit, ‘This is The Place,’ and Lyrikal’s monster chipper, ‘Passing Through.” Shaft’s always in the shadows, even when his name isn’t calling much.

Patrice Roberts on stage.
PHOTO : Jermaine Cruickshank.

For years, Jason’s been the songwriter of choice for many. From Destra Garcia who’s hit ‘Lucy’ was written by Bishop, to Machel Montano, Nikki Crosby’s ‘Granny’ persona- who he manages, and certainly Patrice Roberts, with whom he struck gold when they delivered, “Big Girl Now”. His artist repertoire across the islands, includes the likes of Peter Ram, Alison Hinds, King Bubba and Ricardo Drue. Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop is most certainly the model songwriter in the Caribbean. “I’m an executive songwriter. I’m the only songwriter with such a significant number of songs tabulated since 1999,” he said to us during an exclusive EBUZZTT interview. Jason’s however got his eyes set on international territory these days, telling us that when Carnival is over, he’ll be heading out to Los Angeles where he’ll be treading deep waters outside of his calm Caribbean comfort zone.

Jason writes for each season, one year in advance. Explaining his process to EBUZZTT, he said he offers artistes full concepts based on his vision for the songs he pens. He also personally hand picks who receives which songs, based on character, topic and personality. Ahead of Barbados’ CropOver, he’s already prepared to distribute songs to the artistes who’ll sing them. “I’m heading to Barbados this evening,” he said when we spoke with him on Thursday. Jason’s been hard at work. His team, based in Barbados, has worked arduously behind the scenes, executing his vision of creating a full fledged songwriting business, that also features other elements that would aid all artistes in the execution of their goals. “I’m setting up offices of Shaft Vibes Entertainment in Barbados, Trinidad and New York,” he said, highlighting that artistes will be able to hire professional songwriters for all genres, videographers, marketing specialists and even dancers.

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5 Things Trinis Do That’ll Either Intrigue You or Make You Cringe.

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Thousands are flooding Trinidad and Tobago’s shores even as you read. It’s Carnival. The feting season’s here and in the next couple weeks, the island’s guaranteed to be overrun with tourists from around the world. Never been? Here are five words that’ll tell you all you need to know about the people of Trinidad and Tobago…. TRINBAGONIANS LIVE FOR THE THRILL.

Machel Montano will be at Army Fete 2019.

Whether it’s how Trinis fete or how they interact with visitors, the energy that embodies the people of this West Indian twin island, will mesmerize you in one way or another. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never be able to get Trinidad and Tobago off your mind.

We’ll get you started with 5 things Trinbagonians do that will either make you smile and want give it a try, or give you the heebie jeebies. If you’re American, you’re guaranteed to get where we’re coming from. For those who aren’t… the replacement phrase would be uncomfortably nervous. Here goes:

1. Trinbagonians drink alcohol in the streets, unhindered and unbridled. There are no laws against it.


2. They take carnival loans. Now, while in the Western world or anywhere credit equates to life, this act would be questioned, in Trinidad and Tobago, a carnival loan simply taken to “enjoy the season”, is a norm.


3. The impromptu J’ouvert potty stop doesn’t always mean an indoor toilet stop. We’ll leave that one to your imagination. Just note that at Carnival, there’s usually a no holds barred kind of attitude to life.


4. Ketchup is a staple condiment to most street food and even home cooked meals like ‘pelau’. So, while in North America, a ketchup bottle would never accompany a pizza slice, the exact opposite takes place in these parts. In fact, Trinbagonians now add a slew of other condiments to their food… like garlic sauce and shadow beni sauce. Get with it! FAST.


5. Spending exorbitant amounts to see the same artistes you’d see at a $200 fete, just to say, “I went to _______ fete” for “the experience” is another norm here. According to some, Trinidad and Tobago just isn’t a real place. We’ll leave the rest to you, now… Have fun!

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