Machel Montano
Trinidad and Tobago musician
Machel Montano
Machel Montano is a soca singer, record producer and songwriter based in Trinidad and Tobago. He is the frontman of the popular soca band The HD Family, and is noted for his high energy, fast-paced, and often unpredictable on-stage performances.
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EXCLUSIVE: Grandtheft's Mad Decent Block Party Mixtape
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Mad Decent Block Party, EDM impresario Diplo's now-annual traveling dance circus, kicked off in Calgary last Friday and will be criss-crossing the continent for much of the remaining summer. To celebrate the upcoming July 26 Toronto date at Fort York, Mad Decent's local DJ/producer Grandtheft has put together a field-filling mix that ranges from crate-dug club-bangers to Kanye and Missy remixes to his own banging productions. "I wanted to put together an hour of mostly brand-new music that I love right now, high energy stuff that reps the vibe of the Mad Decent Block Party," Grandtheft tells HuffPost Canada Music. " But, as always with me, I threw in all different kinds of club music. Also haaaddd to throw in the Africanism classic 'Block Party.' I've never played a block party without playing that! The Toronto Mad Decent Block Party features Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, RiFF RAFF, Grandtheft, A Tribe Called Red, Thugli, DJ El Dusty and will be hosted by The Iron Sheik. ...
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Tara Donaldson: Trinidad Carnival: 7 Things To Know Before You Go
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Trinidad likes its Carnival wild and wotless, its revelers unabashed and its partying nonstop. Carnival, or more accurately pronounced, cahneeval, translated loosely means a farewell to flesh, or meat. It marks the last chance to celebrate with abandon before a period of restraint for the 40 days of Lent. This year, the festivities take place Feb. 11 and 12, but the Carnival season begins as early as July when masquerade bands start launching the year's costumes and new soca music floods the scene. Wearing scanty costumes of feathers and sequins, masqueraders will soon be marching, wining and chippin across Port of Spain while music blares from speaker boxes and alcohol abounds. This is not for the faint of endurance. Here are some things to know before you go. 1. Learn to wine If a Trini asks you to dance there are exactly two options: wine or gyrate your hips in a suggestive manner (both of which mean the same thing). You'll see it happen in the streets, in the fetes, ...
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Harry Belafonte and Machel Montano lead NY parade to mark their countries’ 50th
Caribbean 360 - over 4 years
Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago to be honoured at Monday’s West Indian American Day Carnival in Brooklyn.
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A few dark clouds over Labour Day Parade - Trinidad Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
It had only been several hours before that participants and spectators had gyrated to the music of Machel Montano and Kes at Brass Fete, and David Rudder, Benjai and Sparrow at Dimanche Gras. A day earlier, Panorama wetted the appetite and dazzled
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"WHEN CAN I SEE YOU AGAIN?" BABYFACE ASK FANS AT REGGAE RHYTHM & BLUES ... - Anguilla LNT
Google News - over 5 years
Reigning soca king Machel Montano again demonstrated that he is indeed the entertainment king of the Caribbean with another exceptional performance. The T&T born Montano and his HD family (Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy, and Zan) engaged fans and kept
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Reggae Rhythm and Blues delivered outstanding performances - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Not even a short-lived power outage put a stop to the "King of Soca" Trinidadian artist Machel Montano's high energy “Advantage” set. The entire HD family (Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy, and Zan) were in full throttle as they delivered a stand-up
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LIME PREPARES FOR MAJOR PROMOTIONS OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN NEW YORK - Anguilla LNT
Google News - over 5 years
... that will feature the 2011 Carnival King Machel Montano & Kes The Band, Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy and WCR and the inaugural Reggae Rhythm & Blues concert at Roy Wilkins Park that will feature R&B singer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Monica, Mavado,
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Brooklyn Music Festival September 5, 2011 - Jamaicans.com
Google News - over 5 years
Promoter Daddy Grace Entertainmentsought out the hottest acts to truly celebrate New York's West Indian Day/Labor Day Parade with none other than the 'King of Soca' himself, Machel Montano, along with dancehall icon Mr. Vegas. Machel Montano and Mr
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1st Annual Reggae Rhythm & Blues Festival, September 4, 2011 - Jamaicans.com
Google News - over 5 years
Joining the ranks of ten-time Grammy award winner Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, acclaimed Rhythm & Blues siren Monica, Dancehall superstar Mavado, Soca King Machel Montano, and Roots Reggae champion Tarrus Riley, I-Octane, John Holt, and Leroy Sibbles will
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The Mix: 75 Essential Soca Hits - NPR
Google News - over 5 years
by Jeanette "Duchess" Drew Machel Montano is one of many Trinidad and Tobago artists featured in WLRN's soca mix. Machel Montano is one of many Trinidad and Tobago artists featured in WLRN's soca mix. Jeanette Drew of WLRN's "Sounds of the Caribbean
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Maracas Night Club: "The Return Of The King" MACHEL MONTANO -- THE W FETE! - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
WIN Communication Network presents the 2011 Soca Monarch and Road March Champion - Machel Montano and the entire HD Family. Machel will come with the entire cast and dancers to set the most flamboyant and magnificent fashion concert
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Freeload: Machel Montano ft Pitbull & Lil Jon, “Floor On Fire” - The FADER
Google News - over 5 years
For those of us who fondly remember the sweat gland funk induced by this trio with “The Anthem” remix, “Floor On Fire” is like heinous chemical warfare on our deodorant. That all three of them are unsigned at the moment somehow makes this even better,
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Rum glorious Rum - Trinidad Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
The pierce de resistance however at this rum bash were performances by Kes the Illusionist, Rikki Jai, Dil-e-Nadan, Kes the Band and Machel Montano HD. Each act did its best to try to outdo the other, in the end the patrons being the beneficiary to a
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Dancehall Artists Mavado and Beenie Man to Return to U.S. After Visa Snafu - RollingStone.com
Google News - over 5 years
Mavado will perform at the festival alongside headliners Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and soca act Machel Montano. Beenie Man, meanwhile, has received a visitor's visa and not, as of yet, a work permit, so he will make an appearance at his birthday party
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Tarrus Riley for Reggae, Rhythm and Blues Festival - Jamaica Observer
Google News - over 5 years
... is expected to attract thousands of music lovers from the tri-state and Canada, making their way into the city to see performances by dancehall hotshot David Brooks aka Mavado, R&B singer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and soca king Machel Montano
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Protest stops for Machel - Trinidad & Tobago Express
Google News - over 5 years
The event was expected to culminate with a street parade and concert featuring Road March king Machel Montano. Another group of villagers launched their own protest over the killings but relatives of the deceased intervened and called it off
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Machel Montano, Roscoe Dash & Dr. Jay on RapCity this week - MuchMusic.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
On RapCity this week we have a special Caribana edition featuring one of the biggest names in Soca, Machel Montano. The leader of the HD Family will sit down with T-RexXx to discuss his nearly 30-year career, being a Soca music icon,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Machel Montano
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 39
    He won the title again in 2015 with his hit song "Like Ah Boss".
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  • 2014
    Age 38
    Machel also won the Power Soca Monarch in 2014 for his song "Ministry of Road", however he was dethroned by Kerwin Du Bois and his hit song "Too Real" in the Groovy Soca Monarch category.
    More Details Hide Details Machel set a new record by winning the 2014 Power Monarch, becoming the first artist/ performer to win a total of four titles.
  • 2013
    Age 37
    On 27 January 2013, Machel then released another video for his single "Float".
    More Details Hide Details Two days after another visual was released for his song "Happiest Man Alive". Other songs that were followed by immediate visuals are "Epic", taking two months to create and release, and "Ministry of Road", taking less than one month to follow up on. Only in recent years has Machel began to take advantage of social media, using social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram (machelmontano), My Space, YouTube and Twitter (@machelmontanohd). Machel has been able to expand and create music outside of his respected field by collaborating with various artists outside of the Soca Genre. One genre of music Machel took interest in most recently (2014) is electric dance music (EDM). Collaborating with well-known EDM artists, Major Lazer and Diplo, the three artists created an original sounding EDM song with a Soca vibe, called "Sound Bang" (released 9 January 2014). He recently won a Soul Train Award for Best International Performance
    On 20 January 2013 Machel Montano released the official video for the single "The Fog" from his 16th solo album, "Machelements".
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  • 2012
    Age 36
    In May 2012 he launched the music video to his hit single "Bottle Of Rum".
    More Details Hide Details The band includes foreign influences such as from its Venezuelan percussionist Ernesto Luis Gutirrez, Shawn Mitchell, bassist from Grenada and musicians from Barbados. Kernal Roberts, son of the late calypsonian Lord Kitchener, has taken up the role of Xtatik's drummer and musical director. Montano was instrumental in the promotion of soca music in the United Kingdom on the BBC's black music digital radio station BBC Radio 1Xtra, where he co-presented the International Sounds of Soca show for four years with DJ Slic. He has released many successful singles, with and without Xtatik, during his career, such as "Big Truck" (Xtatik's most successful single, which won the Road March title in 1997), "Outa Space" (with Beenie Man), "Music Farm" (Xtatik), "It's Carnival" (with Destra), and his more recent back-to-back Road March title wins: for 2006, "Band Of The Year" (with Patrice Roberts), and in 2007 "Jumbie".
    In 2012 Montano won the Road March, Power Soca Monarch and the Groovy Soca Monarch.
    More Details Hide Details He won the Groovy Soca Monarch with his rendition of "Mr. Fete".
  • 2007
    Age 31
    After its debut in 2007, the bus was re-painted for 2008, the new images of Machel matching various photos from the album artwork of his 2008 CD, Flame On.
    More Details Hide Details The bus featured heavily in his videos for "Jumbie" (2007) and "Rollin/Blazin d Trail" (2008).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Age 11
    In 1987, he took part in the Trinidad and Tobago National Song Writers Festival, and placed second with his song "Dream Girl".
    More Details Hide Details He also won the Caribbean Song Festival in Barbados. Such a win made Machel the first Trinidadian and youngest contestant to win this competition. The band developed and was re-invented by its leader Montano several times, including as Clamydia, The Xtatik Circus, Xtatik The Road Marching Band and The Band of the Year, as part of his Zen battle to keep his band and his performances fresh. Since 2007 they have been known as Machel Montano HD (High Definition); Montano promotes the concept by saying that he is the first human being to go HD. He claims this characterizes the evolution of his music over the past 25 years and the highly improved style in which his music is presented to his fans in radio format, television, and during live performances. He is part of a campaign in Trinidad and Tobago to promote safe driving - "Arrive Alive". Part of the hype surrounding Montano since 2007 is his HD tour bus, a 20-year-old bus from the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) that was re-done and includes a bedroom, bathroom facilities, flat-screen TVs, Internet access and expensive audio systems.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1984
    Age 8
    In 1984, along with his older brother Marcus and neighbours, the group Pranasonic Express was started and, in 1989, the band became Xtatik.
    More Details Hide Details In April, 1986, at the age of 11, Montano appeared on the mainstream television show, Star Search.
  • 1974
    Age -2
    Born on November 24, 1974.
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