READY TO SOCA: Defending triple crown winner Machel Montano had his young fans in their glee on the Brian Lara Promenade, in Port of Spain, yesterday during his appearance on the Carnival Promenade Countdown. The programme can be viewed live on TV6 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until Carnival Friday (February 8). –Photo: AYANNA KINSALE
Machel: I will beat 'Blue
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Machel Montano has thrown down the gauntlet to SuperBlue, saying he is ready for any "bouncer" the veteran has to bowl at him on the night of the Soca Monarch finals.
Montano, the defending Power and Groovy Monarch, believes it will be a night when the student will school the teacher.
"The tectonic plates are going to rock Soca Monarch on that night because the student coming up against the teacher and I coming to float. Everybody know this is a big year for me, so my idea is about getting off the ground and jetting into sonic air and floating with the people for Carnival."
Montano, who spoke to the Express on the Greens at the National Panorama semi-finals on Sunday at the Queen's Park Savannah, said it was a truly gratifying experience to come up against a man he considered an inspiration.
"SuperBlue story is a deep one and if you really know I remember back in the days in my house growing up I was introduced to Bob Marley and Lionel Richie; in my house calypso was not on the radar, but I saw SuperBlue one day throwing his mike and shifting his feet and that make me feel it have something for me and I can do something with that. He is always the mentor," said a smiling Montano.
SuperBlue, who won the Soca Monarch title on six previous occasions, is making his first appearance in over a decade in the competition on Fantastic Friday (February 8).
Respect aside, Montano said he had every intention to change the catchphrase Fantastic Friday. "It is now Float Friday, as a matter of fact, fogging, float Friday. We going to float, fog up the place and make it real nice."