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Machel’s ‘Happiest’ secret

By Nigel Telesford

Reigning joint and double Soca Monarch, Machel Montano says he is “very excited” about his first full band performance, scheduled for tomorrow night, at Fantasy Carnival’s “Secret Saturday” event. Staged at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair, the much anticipated cooler-style event is billed to commence at 10 p.m. and will feature the “Happiest Man Alive” in his first full performance for Carnival 2014.

“My New Year resolution is to eat, love and live healthier,” said Montano about his plans for 2014 and the soca superstar has backed up his fitness resolve with a vigorous workout schedule at the gym, healthier diet and meal plan, along with a generally “happier” disposition.

“Ah come out to live meh life, play ah mas and live meh life,” said the Happiest Man Alive in his 2014 release of the same name. 

“Happiness is the measure of success and I am definitely focused on success.” He added. “No matter how bad things get, you can always look around and find a reason to smile and be happy in Trinidad and Tobago. This is our first event for the season and we have been upgrading the HD experience and would be having a few new things going on... I can’t reveal too much now cause is Secret Saturday… You just have to be there.”

The Fantasy Carnival faithful are sure to be happier come tomorrow night, as most of the supporting cast of “secret acts” booked to perform on the night have been revealed via social media over the last month. These include: 2012 Chutney Soca Monarch, KI, as well as Shal Marshall, Jaiga, 5Star Akil and Lyrikal.

According to a Fantasy Carnival spokesperson: “This event is dedicated to all our masqueraders, committees and the Fantasy faithful. It draws upon our 2014 theme ‘Secrets of the Deep’ and will celebrate the new year and the new season with new music and special secret surprises! We ask everyone to come out with their coolers and prepare to take notes on the secret to happiness, as told by the Happiest Man Alive!”

As usual, no glass bottles will be allowed into the venue and the Fantasy ticket hotline at 478-9214 remains open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

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