Monday, February 19, 2018

Machel: I'll be at stadium Feb 4


CONTENDER: Soca artiste Blaxx during his performance on Saturday night at St Francois Girls' College all-inclusive at Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI), Airways Road, Chaguaramas. —Photos: ANISTO ALVES

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POPULAR: Bunji Garlin, left, accompanied by Nigel Rojas, performs "Differentology" during the Tribe Ice cooler party on Saturday night at Jean Pierre Complex, Woodbrook.

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Machel Montano has promised his fans that he will be at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on February 4 when he holds his annual Carnival event, Machel Monday.

Montano spoke during his Carnival 2013 debut in the early hours of Sunday morning at the Fantasy cooler fete, titled "Savage Saturday", at Pier 1, Chaguaramas.

The reigning Soca and Road March Monarch made his remarks during an energy-filled set lasting more than three hours, in which he delved into his vast repetoire of hits, past and present, and also shared observations with his fans without actually referring to his present situation.

Montano was last month found guilty of assault and is due to be sentenced on January 17. He faces a possible jail term. "They can take everything away from me but they can't take the music," he said.

In addition to performing his Road March contender, "The Fog", which has a pace made for the road and the double entendre opening line "This one going and fog up the place", Montano shared the stage with Drupatee for a naughty and mesmerising performance of "Indian Gyal", their second collaboration, which comes several years after their first, "Real Unity".

To the awe of the crowd, Drupatee so aptly demonstrated the chorus of "wuk up the latie" that even Montano had to pause for breath.

He also shared the stage with the HD dancers and fellow HD family members Farmer Nappy and Patrice Roberts.

On Saturday evening, St Francois Girls' College Alumni officially kicked off the first fete of Carnival 2013 with their annual all-inclusive on the spacious grounds of the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI), also in Chaguaramas.

Highlights of this event were the music of Roy Cape and Blaxx, Kes The Band and a varied menu which featured from curry to creole.

Blaxx showed why he is a serious contender for all the titles with his "No Sah" and "No Getaway".

With Roy Cape All Stars in superb form, the St Francois faithful had little choice but to happily obey every instruction given by Blaxx to "raise yuh hand and leggo". Vocalist duties were also shared by Ethan "Junior Don" Stewart and Darnella Simmonds.

Guest artistes were Denise Belfon, Chucky, Benjai, JW and Blaze.

Kes The Band, with leader Kees Diffenthaller, kicked off the second half at the St Francois fete by announcing that it signified the start of his I-Ok (Island of Kees) tour.

He provided a memorable set and from Chaguaramas went to Jean Pierre Complex on Wrightson Road to move the crowd at the Tribe Ice fete.

Also performing at the packed venue were Bunji Garlin, accompanied by guitarist Nigel Rojas, along with Ravi B and Belfon.