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Machel: I’m here to stay

By JANELLE DE SOUZA Wednesday, March 5 2014

SOCA star Machel Montano, the unofficial Road March King of 2014, yesterday said while people will come and go, he will always be a part of Carnival through his music and because performing was what he was born to do.

Speaking during a televised interview Montano said it was time for local music artistes to put aside competition and instead back each other up. He added that young persons need recognition and respect and that he appreciated the Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) supporting and respecting him.

“Now is the time to get together and put aside all these problems, all these competitions,” he said. Montano stated he was “not about money or fame” but about the next generation, which is why he wants to help anyone if he could. “I am always looking for what is best for this country, what is best for this culture,” he stated.

He mentioned that he has several collaborations with American DJ Major Lazer and R&B group Boyz to Men and intends to collaborate with local artiste Ian “Bunji Garlin” Alvarez.

In addition, Montano said it was a special moment for him when he reunited with soca artiste Destra Garcia to perform their 2003 hit “It’s Carnival”, for his concert Machel Monday.

He described Destra as a bit hyper, but declared she was fierce and that he loves her. He said that she showed maturity by getting back together with him and that they were about to record another track together, which should be released next year. “It’s about doing it for the people, doing what makes the people happy, doing what makes them smile,” he said.

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