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?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. 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.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….
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“We Are a Small, But Proud Country.” – TT Health Minister To Trevor Noah.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Health Minister is today being hailed a hero for his professional execution of yesterday’s interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
During the virtual interview with the South Africa born host, Deyalsingh is heard repeating, “Trinidad is a small but proud country.”
The interview was seen as necessary by the team at The Daily Show, according to Noah, to debunk rapper, Nicki Minaj’s claim that someone in Trinidad had experienced testicular swelling after being vaccinated for COVID-19. Introducing the minister to his global audience with a bit of humor and some reference to Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival culture, Noah allowed the minister to deliver his Ministry’s statistics. Minister Deyalsingh noted that some 1 million vaccine doses have been administered in a population of 1.3 million. “We are confident that we have brought WHO approved vaccines to Trinidad and Tobago,” he said, before adding, “of those 1 million doses of vaccines we have administered, there have been only been 5 cases of adverse events, all reported to WHO.” Minister Deyalsingh further stated, “none of them includes testicular swelling.”
In the comments beneath the Daily Show video on YouTube, viewers congratulated the country’s minister on a job well done. One person, Constance Robertson said, “This Jamaican thanks the TT Minister of Health for repping the entire Caribbean.”
HERE’S THE INTERVIEW:
Does Nicki Minaj Hate Trinidad? Artist “Vaccine and Testicles” Tweet Makes Viral Mess.
Tony Chow Lin On- better known as Chinese Laundry, the owner of urban radio station, 96.1WEFM in Trinidad, is baffled by the negative publicity surrounding recent remarks by Nicki Minaj on Twitter as it relates to why she declined this year’s Met Gala invitation. He calmly analyzed the situation on Facebook this afternoon.
Minaj, a St. James, Trinidad born rapper has left international media houses spinning, with even CNN covering her tweet. “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied,” she wrote on the social media platform. Her comment came after explaining that she had not been vaccinated, which was a requirement for all guests attending Monday’s Met Gala.
On the heels of coverage by various media outlets, including Variety, and even a humorous highlight by comedian Trevor Noah, Chow Lin On said, “her words were harmful at a critical time.”
The well known Trinidad and Tobago entertainment industry executive wrote, “All major news agencies, CNN , Washington Post and others including Dr Fauci , all concluded that Nicki Minaj’s baseless claims were irresponsible at best and highlights the issue of when celebrity influence is terribly harmful. So after all the memes, fun and social media engagement, long after it’s not a trending topic , her words were harmful at a critical time , as the world is engaged in the mother of all battles , THE PANDEMIC!!!! and the unfortunate side show , it’s a Trini with missing brain cells , Jed I want us to be famous for our music , our culture, our sporting achievements, our contributions to protecting the environment, a model for multi ethnic societies etc etc . THIS MY FRIEND IS NOT IT.”
This latest less- than -well- thought -out expression by the 38-year-old “Anaconda” singer comes on the heels of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics scandal involving Trinidad and Tobago sprinter, Michelle Lee Ahye who called out Minaj on Twitter in July, after she congratulated Jamaica’s athletic team and failed to even mention the Trinidad and Tobago athletes who were also at the games.
Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister meanwhile has debunked the rapper’s statement untrue.
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