Above: Machel Montano and Superblue perform at Machel Monday, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, February 5 2017. Photo: Jermaine Cruikshank
As we look back at Carnival 2018, Trini Good Media reflects on the biggest events of the season. First up, Franka Philip reviews Machel Monday, the annual concert held by soca superstar Machel Montano on the Monday before Carnival.
1. Machel and Superblue
2. The dominance of young soca artistes
Soca fans have often wondered what the landscape would be like without Machel Montano. Admittedly, Montano is peerless in the soca arena but the present – and the future – are illuminated by young stars like Voice, Nailah Blackman, Preedy, Turner and Erphaan Alves. Most of them came to industry prominence because of their songwriting skills but after stepping boldly into performing, they are now household names. Montano’s pride in working with talented young people was evident when he introduced and performed with the winners of the Digicel Music Academy held in Jamaica in December 2017. Trinidad’s Abdiel Matamora and Lucian duo Lu City (Tyler Auguste and Jean Farrah) didn’t seem overawed by performing in front of thousands of people.