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If You Made it To Machel Monday, You Must’ve Seen This…

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On Monday, the energy of Trinidad lingered West. From parts South, East, North and even Tobago,   die hard Machel Montano fans filtered to the Hasely Crawford Stadium for yet another year of an event that’s always extraordinary, even when the lineup isn’t ridiculously ‘international.’

Machel Montano and French Montana on stage on Monday night. PHOTO: Jermaine Cruickshank. 

This year, the sole international act promoted was French Montana. The entertainer who’s been providing humanitarian relief in Uganda with recent efforts to assist his countrymen and women in Morroco launched, touched down in T&T on Monday evening it appeared, and took to Instagram to share the fact that local Immigration officials had ben awaiting his arrival on the tarmac where his private jet landed ahead of his concert appearance. On Monday night, the production of the event, which has drawn thousands over the years, seemed to have strengthened its focus on the promotion of love and unity. There was also a very apparent effort by Machel to introduce the emerging Soca artistes to the people. A performance by Chutney Soca Monarch winners, Nishard Mayrhoo and Neval Chatelal offered patrons a taste of the Indo-Trinbagonian culture- an aspect of the Carnival flavor that’s not always highlighted as much as it really should be.

Nailah, one of T&T’s fastest rising stars, on stage with Jamaican entertainer, Shenseea.
PHOTO: Jermaine Cruickshank.

A stage show that’s always eye-catching, the event this year boasted massive cultural displays from the iconic Mas creator, Peter Minshall who has teamed up with Tunapuna based, Exodus Steel Orchestra to produce “The Eyes of God,” for the road in Carnival 2018. In December, Minshall stressed that he is not bringing a band of his own for Carnival. On stage at Machel Monday however, his masterful creations were larger than life and spoke volumes for his creative mind- certainly still incredibly coherent and full of exuberance. The ‘Soca Kingdom’ themed event was nothing like last year’s show, and while some felt it lacked something, others who live for ‘local’ appreciated the introduction and focus of artistes like M1, Turner, Erphaan Alves who Montano credited as one of his songwriters, Patrice Roberts who thanked Machel for his steadfast training of which she was a student, Nailah Blackman who appeared with Jamaica’s Shenseea, two time International Soca Monarch King, Voice, Machel Montano Music Academy winners, Abdiel Matamora of Trinidad and Tobago and  St. Lucia’s Lu City- a duo that consists of Tyler Auguste and Jean Farrah, who collaborated with Montano on a track called, “Let It Go,” among other young acts.

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Cardi B Plans to Wine Like A True Trini. Inhalemee Recruited?

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Cardi B wants to learn that proper Trini wine it seems. The Billboard chart topping rapper who crept to fame when she released her mega hit, ‘Bodak Yellow’ in 2017, seems to be getting ready to kick into high gear again soon, this after giving birth to her daughter, Kulture on July 10th.

Inhalemee excitedly shared her online convo with Cardi B.

Cardi whose parents are Trinidadian and Dominican, has been laying relatively low on the social media scene, in comparison to her pre-motherhood period. In recent social media posts however, the Bronx, NY native has given fans a few glimpses into her life at home. Her most recent social media post however sees some gyrating skills being showed off. Later, she implies the desire to work with popular Caribbean dancer, Denisha Burton who’s best known as ‘Inhalemee’ on the social media circuit. Burton danced with Machel Montano’s on stage troop of dancers during Carnival 2018.

Cardi B, in a conversation with Burton this week said she planned on taking up classes with the ‘winer’ who shows women around the world how to make their waistlines work.

Burton couldn’t have been more excited. Flip the page to see Cardi’s gyration moves. Be sure to tell us if you think she’s got it!

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Why Marie Collette Has Everyone Saying, “Take Meh Money”.

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The vibe of carnival lies in the belly of the masquerader.

There are masqueraders who live for the ‘wine’ and then they’re those who are the embodiment of freedom, wild abandon, bliss and happiness. These are the masqueraders who show the world why being a part of Carnival isn’t an option, it is a requirement. Trinidad and Tobago swimwear and costume designer, Marie Collette has done just that.

In what can only be described as her selfless expression of love for the music and mas, Collette, in her fifth presentation of mas design for YUMA, delivered a jaw dropping stage show of her “ULTRA” costume design for YUMA in 2019. She delivered a seamless portrayal of what every masquerader should essentially strive to be on the road come Carnival Monday and Tuesday, edifying through movement, the masses who’d been looking on, on Sunday night. This was no ‘posey posey’ portrayal- this was a glimpse of the future, a glimpse into Carnival 2019.

Collette has been designing swimwear for a bit. Her passion has transcended into costume design.

Collette has been designing and claiming her space in the Caribbean design landscape for some time. Her killer bathing suits which are sold online at www.mariecollette.com have been enhanced, to say the least, transforming her ‘job’ into a passionate alignment with the ‘Monday wear’ trend that effectively catapulted her to where she is at now.

YUMA will deliver ‘Jukebox’ in 2019, a theme that will include sections like Fever, Wild Thoughts, It’s Carnival, Lemonade, Mi Gente and of course, ULTRA by Marie Collette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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