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Machel causes security scare at Madison Square Garden
For the fifth time Machel Montano and his band has sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City. But last Friday he created history at the venue for being able to sell every seat after only three weeks of promotion. No other event of this magnitude has ever been able to accomplish such feat at this venue, and management of the popular location are looking at the soca giant in a different light. After performances by chutney singers KI and Rikki Jai, backed by the Mello Bugz band, Machel made an appearance that would be forever remembered. His association with American illusionist, Chris Angel, may have influenced his magical opening.
The 2011 International Soca Monarch champ entered a huge cage on stage, which was then covered and rotated. Upon lifting the cover he was no where to be found, and there was a tiger in his place.
The packed theatre went into an uproar as the HD dancers came on stage, just before Montano reappeared singing his 2011 Road March song, Advantage. At that point most of the seated patrons relinquished their chairs. Advantage, which is filled with Indian and African beats, had the audience stamping the floor, and by extension, shaking the entire theatre. Security personnel were obviously not ready for what was about to happen and became somewhat concerned. But with a mischievous smile on his face, Montano quickly addressed the matter by saying, “This is how we do it, don’t get scared.”
Much like his The Return concert at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Carnival Monday, he invited several acts to accompany him on stage. These included band members, Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy and Zan. Former member of the band when it was known as Xtatic, Peter C Lewis was also called to sing some of the golden oldies. Young King winner Benjai had his moment of glory, as he was one of the much anticipated acts on the night. But when the two million dollar men joined forces, things went from extreme enjoyment to uncontrollable excitement.
Following Soca Chutney winner Rikki Jai’s set, he was joined by the man of the night and sang a few of his well known hits from over the years. The Mighty Sparrow and Calyspo Rose too had there spotlight moments singing solos and duets with Montano. But the soca star was not yet done with surprises. His announcement that he would share his Soca Monarch purse equally with Kernel Roberts, the writer of the Advantage, took everyone by surprise.
Kernel rewarded for his talent
He already has four titles to his name, three of which was written for Machel Montano. Roberts’ mother, Valerie Greene, was presented with awards, and Montano’s mother, Liz Montano, joined them on stage for a touching mother and son hug. The show culminated with a 45-minute medley with all members of the band on stage, which sent Madison Square garden into astronomical jubilance. The after party was held a few blocks away at Club Promenade.
Managing director of Fever International, Siobhan Thompson said, “The show was extremely successful and for an event that was only decided upon when Machel won the Soca Monarch title, is a magnificent accomplishment.” Fever International and David Levy Promotions Inc were responsible for promoting the event. Roberts is the son of deceased Aldwin “Lord Kitchener” Roberts, and aspires to winning eleven road march titles by writing like his father.
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