Set to fete: Steven Samlalsingh, third from left, president of PREStige, exchanges greetings with Presentation College Principal Errol Jaikaransingh during Tuesday’s launch of the PREStige Feteology all-inclusive fete at More Vino, Scott Street, San Fernando. Looking on are executive members Andrew Friday, second left, public relations officer Anthony Bisnath, right, and other officials and promotional models. —Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

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Machel contracted for Presentation fete January 20

By Innis Francis
By innis.francis@trinidadexpress.com

Machel Montano is contracted to perform at his alma mater, Presentation College, San Fernando, on January 20—three days after he is due to be sentenced on five criminal offences.

Steven Samlalsingh, president of PREStige, the school’s past pupils’ association, said Montano is due to perform at the group’s Carnival fete, titled Feteology.

Samlalsingh said the entertainer’s mother, Elizabeth Montano, only signed the contracts on Monday to include Montano in the all-star cast of entertainers.

Speaking at a media launch at More Vino Restaurant, San Fernando, on Tuesday night, Samlalsingh said, “There is a lot of speculation and everybody in Trinidad right now is talking about that day (January 17) and what’s going to happen. A lot of us know Machel. Machel the man, Machel the public figure. And we hope that everything works out okay for him, because he has done a lot for (Presentation) College over the years, even as a student.”

He said, “We know that our fete is two or three days after (the day for sentencing). We can’t see into the future. We respect the law, and if it is that it does not work in Machel’s favour, we are still going to support him.”

Samlalsingh added, “In the event that Machel is not there, we will have a line-up of artistes, but we are not thinking that far. Yesterday (Monday), I went and signed a contract with Machel’s mother.”

Montano, the reigning Power Soca Monarch and Road March king, along with Kernal Roberts, the son of legendary calypso icon Lord Kitchener, Joel “Zan” Feveck, a member of the Montano HD Family, and Rodney “Benjai” LeBlanc, best known for his patriotic song, “Trini”, were charged with a series of criminal offences arising out a fracas outside the Zen nightclub in Port of Spain in April 2007.

Last month, Montano was found guilty on four charges of assault against Gerard Borwin, Brandis Browne, Janelle Lee Chee and Russell Pollonais.

Montano was also found guilty of using obscene language during the same incident.

Roberts, the composer of several of Montano’s hits, was also found guilty on two charges of assault. And Benjai and Feveck were found not guilty of all their charges.

Montano and Roberts will be sentenced on January 17. Funds from the fete will go to the school and charity, said Presentation College principal Errol Jaikaransingh.

He said that over the years, government funding had dropped and the school had to raise funds. He applauded the initiative of the past pupils (PREStige) organisation for planning the annual fete.

Jaikaransingh said, “They have caused me to sleep well at nights.”

Samlalsingh said 90 per cent of the return is given to the school and ten per cent to charity. He said last year, PREStige contributed to five charities, with each receiving $5,000.

This year’s line-up of artistes includes David Rudder, Kes The Band, Ronnie McIntosh, Black Stalin and Montano. The fete will be held at Presentation College grounds, San Fernando.

The event is scheduled to run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are priced at $750.

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