watch this recent Machel Montano Interview done On American radio station HOT 97, he Talks about the history of Soca, Trinidad and more.
Fresh from the high of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, Machel Montano is taking his Caribbean Planet brand on the road, as he firmly believes the Caribbean has something to offer to the evolution of the world.
“We in a time when we have to pay attention to our planet. The environment. The atmosphere. It is a time when we have to pay a little more attention to people’s differences, people’s culture, and we need to get to an understanding where we can see our differences and we can respect our differences. To get to a point where we can appreciate the oneness that we share.
“So I feel the Caribbean can bring it forth with our brand. Our brand must help to merge all the different fronts in the world. We are trained in cosmopolitan relations. We are trained in merging cultures. I believe we have something to contribute to that planetary focus and we could do it with our brand. And the brand is not just music; music is just the soundtrack to the lifestyle. And we not introducing it, we highlighting it.”
He believes that the distilled sound of the southern Caribbean will reflect “the oneness of the region.”
His offerings before and during the Carnival festival revealed influences as diverse as folk music from Barbados and the house/rave music popular in Europe. It is music to make you dance, from the production labs of veteran hitmakers like Montano, Sheldon “$hel $hok” Benjamin and American rapper/producer Lil Jon, and fresh work from Antiguan Herbert “Burger” Joseph.
There’s the usual HD musical cast of Patrice Roberts, Zan and Farmer Nappy. But Busta Rhymes, Pitbull, Serani, Ricky Blaze and Kat DeLuna have also bought into the concept of Caribbean Planet, and can be expected to join Montano at his live shows from time to time during his tour this year.
“Soca no longer belongs to Trinidad and Tobago,” he declared. “There was a time when we used to say dancehall come from Jamaica, soca come from Trinidad. Now if we take a look at the current picture, soca [is] being heavily produced in the southern Caribbean. So we are calling it the music of the southern Caribbean. We have these sounds that are emerging influenced by everything: hip hop, dancehall, conscious reggae, rap, house…and it is now coming forth as an original product from the southern Caribbean.”
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