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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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No Stopping The Rasta Preacher Now. DJ Khaled Delivers Buju Banton to Even His Detractors.

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The irony. In a world where a man can be entrapped miles away from his home country, detained for near 10 years, released, and return to being an even bigger symbol of power and positivity than he ever was, proves there are no limits. Buju Banton’s fire blazes on.

Internationally acclaimed multi millionaire music mogul, DJ Khaled’s been a close friend and ally of Mark Myrie, the artiste we all fondly refer to as Buju Banton, for some 19 years. Khaled, a US national born to Palestinian parents, has been grounded enough to know the sweet beauty that can often be found in the harsh rubble of ghetto cultured living. It’s no surprise that his latest album release, an honorary tribute to his young son, Asahd, features a few of Jamaica’s best, among them Buju Banton, Sizzla Kalonji and Mavado.


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Nailah’s Sick! Here’s Why.

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Not in the literal sense.

Nailah Blackman

Ok… ok… let’s clear this up. The soca hottie’s in need of no pill or treatment. Nailah’s perfectly healthy but she’s got a sick ambition that’s almost guaranteed to take her on a whirlwind career adventure. Truth be told, female artistes in the Caribbean’s less structured music industry, often find themselves falling victim to the rigors of their reality. It’s really not as glamorous as they make it look on social media. Nailah Blackman’s however in the running to becoming one of the caribbean’s biggest superstars if she continues to play her cards right.

Here’s why we say that!

  1. Nailah’s got grit. Unlike every other female soca artiste in the business, Nailah’s stuck to her goal of delivering music the people will enjoy year round. She isn’t getting caught up in the politics of the music business, and since she kicked off her career just about two years ago, she’s remained consistent.
  2. She understands the power of Social Media. In a world where social media platforms are ruining lives, perpetuating violence and encouraging gossip and vanity, Nailah’s using it all to her advantage. She’s got her fan accounts, her hashtag game on lock and she’s filling in all the Caribbean entertainment gaps with posts on all the trending platforms, which essentially keeps the buzz on her, constantly.
  3. She’s focused on upping her game. Now, the harsh truth of the entertainment industry is that from the moment you stop trying to be the best, you fall all the way to the back of the class. In the Caribbean especially, the odds are harshly against the rise of female entertainers. For Patrice Roberts, Nailah Blackman, Destra Garcia, Spice, Shenseea, Fay Ann Lyons, Nessa Preppy and the lot of gals in the race, consistency and development is imperative. In her short time at the forefront of the music industry, Blackman’s team has secured her placement at the BET Awards, Coachella and other top tiered industry events. She’s been to Jamaica Carnival and several other major Carnival related events worldwide. Truth is, she picked up steam and she has never slowed down.
  4. Nailah’s interested in meaningful collaborations. Maybe she’s a true believer in the Law of Attraction but it seems like this has been working to her advantage. Nailah’s been on a relationship building drive. Her collaborations, in a very short space of time with artistes like Kees, Shenseea, Fay Ann Lyons, Sekon Sta and Erphaan Alves, Tarrus Riley and Ding Dong have proven incredibly effective. She’s pretty much been building a catalogue of music that’s unparalleled while at the same time, benefitting from powerful networks. Now, she’s on to creating her debut album, outside of Trinidad and Tobago.
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