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Machel Signed To Drake’s OVO Sound?

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For 30 years and counting, Machel Montano has been at the heart of the Soca genre. He’s been the trendsetter for a sound and a culture that is only now beginning to receive mainstream attention. In the past few years soca music and by extension, Montano’s birthplace, Trinidad and Tobago has been mentioned and spoken of by many international publications and media houses, and while the 41-year-old soca superstar isn’t solely responsible for it all, his efforts in promoting what he loves most cannot be questioned. The question we’re however pondering is, what’s next for this creative mastermind?

Machel performed alongside Jamaica's Mavado, at OVO Fest in Toronto on July 31st.

Machel performed alongside Jamaica’s Mavado, at OVO Fest in Toronto on July 31st.

The strength of Montano’s team has certainly factored tremendously when it comes to what he’s been able to achieve. He’s got a well oiled machine so what we can most certainly expect, are bigger moves by the man who has already collaborated with some pretty incredible people from around the world. Last week, Machel was featured as one of the headline acts at rapper, Drake’s OVO Fest in Toronto, Canada. The event coincided with Caribana and was well attended to say the least. Again, the Monk displayed his country’s pulsating energy to thousands. One week later, Montano’s name shows up in a Bazodee NYC launch review, in The New York Times proving that nothing is ever left to chance. The MM team- that well oiled machine, is always hard at work.

Machel Montano escorts his Bazodee co-star, Natalie Perera in NYC. for the premiere of the film in the US.

Machel Montano escorts his Bazodee co-star, Natalie Perera in NYC. for the premiere of the film in the US.

Trinidad and Tobago, an island synonymous with the Carnival culture that is blowing up around the world, has held Machel Montano atop a pedestal for as long as he’s been a soca star. He’s deemed the best there is, and in some people’s minds, the best there ever could be. He’s the golden boy of T&T and despite numerous rumors of ill behavior on his part, the people of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the world, can never seem to get enough of their soca hero. But, can you really give them wrong?

Montano’s carried the flag of Trinidad and Tobago for  over a decade, across oceans, to corners of this earth many others in T&T have only hoped to visit. He has created music that will be anthems for years to come and at this very moment, he’s working on reinventing himself and his sound, much like he’s always done. At 41, Machel Montano is showing no sign of stopping of even slowing down for that matter. He visited the White House and sang Soca there this year too. Add the launch of his acting career and co-producer of Bazodee and you’ve got several reasons why he’s not just T&T’s Golden boy, but one of the Caribbean’s greatest ambassadors.

Billboard subliminally revealed that Machel was signed to Drake's Canadian label.

Billboard subliminally revealed that Machel was signed to Drake’s Canadian label.

On Monday, Billboard Magazine’s digital medium published the headline, “Drake Co-Signed Soca Star Machel Montano Talks Making a Global Impact and Heading to the Big Screen.” Everyone was eager to find out what was really going down. Alas, details were non existent in the story as it relates to the “Co-Signed” term, and efforts to reach Montano by EBUZZTT.COM proved futile. We however searched the World Wide Web and on Wikipedia we spotted Machel Montano’s name toward the end of the list of signed acts. There’s still no confirmation as to exactly what’s going down where such a partnership is concerned. 

The buzz surrounding Machel Montano is deafeningly loud. He continues to work hard, pouring out his energy into a music, a culture, a country, a career that he was born to be a part of and lead. Now, what will he do next? He says a unity project is at the fore of things and Angela Hunte- the Trini born, Brooklyn singer/songwriter is right at his side….

STAY TUNED FOR MORE…

 

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Dear Promoter: Kes The Band’s Tuesday on the Rocks was Pure Niceness!

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What started off as a concert ended as a FETE! Ebuzztt was most present at Tuesday on the Rocks’ debut on the Savannah grass on Tuesday night. The event, which has grown significantly over the years, drew a massive crowd ranging from the young to the young at heart, all there to celebrate the musical catalog of Kes the Band.

As we begin our review, we note that entering the venue seemed less strenuous than previous years as the design was more accommodating – specifically to parking and layout of food and bar. Before the event officially kicked off, patrons were entertained by the likes of Sheldon Blackman and others on a mini stage while patrons enjoyed their favourite oriental, arabian or creole finger food located near a designated eating area.

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Vale Vibe Cooler Dishes Out A Fete, Not A Concert.

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For yet another spectacular year, well known DJ, Alicia D Duchess and her team of event coordinators provided patrons with nothing short of a true Carnival fete experience. EBUZZTT was on hand this past Tuesday night to enjoy the epic vibes, as we did last year and even the year before that. In fact, this is one cooler experience we try not to miss because it’s one of the very few authentic carnival treats!

The thing about Vale Vibe Cooler that makes it truly pop out for us is its simple, yet effective feting dynamic. This is an event that makes the most of a venue that’s not the biggest. The event takes place annually at Bayview in Maracas, along the North Coast road. Parking for patrons is roadside and security by police officers along the roadway, is never to be questioned.

Flag wavers, shorts and t shirts and great music makes Vale Vibe Cooler a necessary fete for Ebuzztt.

On the inside, the ambience is beautifully, natural- no unnecessary ad ons- just effective, efficient infrastructure and non stop feting. Patrons attending Vale Vibe Cooler are mostly foreigners who come in for the carnival experience, many of them amped to maximise on their few days in T&T. A nice mixture of mature and young fetters delivers to this fete, a keen, much needed freedom that’s expressed in smiles, airborne hands, voracious singing to every soca track played and not to mention the oldies that are goodies that every international carnival lover basks in. This is never an ordinary fete- this is a fete for true carnival revellers, the ones that are sometimes forgotten.

On Tuesday night, Voice, the prolific three time Soca monarch Champ came through with the music. He impressed thoroughly, even engaging a young patron who’d flown in from Boston. She mounted the stage as the entertainer came on, ready to back back her derriere on him, and that she did.

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