Mighty Machel

Machel Montano, winner of the Soca Monarch competition

Tomorrow RBMA will release it’s tickets for the annual Major Lazer Carnival party. The party is usually a mixture of RBMA artists and Mad Decent’s crew and this year is no exception as Uk faves Mele, Lil Silva, Raf Riley, Doc Daneeka, Hudson Mohawke dj alongside Mad Decent faves Lunice and Nicky Da B. Sean Paul will hopefully reach back in his catalogue on the day and of course it wouldn’t be an event without the ubiquitous David Rodigan appearance. The most interesting act on the day is Dre Skull and Machel Montano, we have talked about how much we love Dre’s work numerous times but we haven’t talked about Machel.

For those who don’t know Machel is the King of Soca, winning the Soca monarch prize numerous times. When Nicki Minaj filmed her latest video (Pound the Alarm) she called on Machel to recreate the vibe of Carnival. We have it on good authority that those dancing scenes were mainly soundtracked to Machel’s hits rather than her own track. So here are our top 3 reason not to miss Machel’s performance under the Westway.

His Performances
You don’t get to be in the music industry for 30 years and not know how to put on a live show and boy does Machel know how to do it. He has sold out Madison Square Garden in New York and performed across the world, we decided to pick his last two performances at Soca Monarch.

His Carnival Anthems

Bottle of Rum, Advantage, Mr Fete, Vibes Cyan Done, Thiefin, Go Down (see above), Gyal Wuk the man has hits for days. It’s really hard to try and pinpoint a quintessial Machel tune. He does groovy and power soca incredibly well.

His versatility

He has worked with the likes of Dre Skull, Beenie Man (an amazing Men In Black video), Lil Jon and Pitbull, Mr Vegas(see above), MOP (yes of Ante Up fame), Vybz Kartel, Shaggy (A Matador themed video), Collie Budz, Doug E Fresh, and Busy Signal (twice, at least)

If you want to read more about him make sure you check out either The Large’s interview with him,  The Fader feature on him, or this New York Times piece.

2 Responses to Mighty Machel

  1. I have made the Notting Hill Carnival 2012 App – would be great if you could spread the word and we could return the favour, it is free for all on iphone and android – If you could drop me an email I can send you a proper press release?

    Best wishes,


  2. Pingback: Machel Montano, Kerwin Du Bois feat Ladysmith Black Mambazo x Possessed | Hipsters Dont Dance

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