Flying the soca flag in London
Son of the soil, triple crown winner Machel Montano is currently in London, flying the soca flag.
Machel Montano and HD were invited to perform at the Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, London where a Cultural Village and Culture Fest is being hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission in London as part of Trinidad and Tobago's 50th anniversary celebrations.
In addition to performing, Montano also took time to thank members of Trinidad and Tobago's Olympic squad and all the Caribbean athletes currently in London competing at the Olympics.
He called it a changing of the guards where previously US athletes such as Flo Jo and Carl Lewis used to dominate the Olympics.
He asked the audience, who was dominating now, and the largely Caribbean audience responded with screams of "we are".
Montano said and this was why Caribbean people should celebrate as one especially with with "our brothers and sisters in Jamaica as they too are celebrating 50 years of independence."
Montano continued with the words "I believe in only one Caribbean, unity over separation." He then went into a pore-raising delivery of the recently released single "Going For Gold" from his 50th anniversary album.
After the show Trinidad-born Wendell Raphael who now resides in London and who recently took part in the Olympic torch run at the opening at the Olympics came backstage to see Montano and to show him the official torch that he ran with.
Raphael a few years ago had donated one of his kidneys to a friend and afterwards ran the 2010 London Marathon. He then formed the Minus 1 kidney charity and was nominated by two charities aclt.org and the Anthony Nolan Trust to be a torch bearer for the London 2012 Torch Relay. As a result he was selected and ran.