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Machel: I am in the best of health

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Machel Montano

Soca star Machel Montano says he had to rush from the Socadrome to the Queen’s Park Savannah on Carnival Tuesday not because he fell ill, but because two bands he was scheduled to perform for were on different stages at the same time.

Montano called in on CNC3’s Morning Brew yesterday to clarify a T&T Guardian story which suggested he had to seek medical treatment for suspected exhaustion after his Socadrome performance. He said he suffered a minor bruise at some stage during his performance, but said this did not require medical attention and did not interfere with his schedule.

“I was on the road all day yesterday (Tuesday). Right after that performance, if you pull the footage, you will see me performing in the Queen’s Park Savannah for more than 20 minutes again. So when did I ever get in an ambulance or be sick? It’s not true,” Montano said during the CNC3 interview.

Montano, who said this season was a little more laid back because he did not do as many appearances as in the past, admitted Carnival Tuesday was a bit hectic.

“We were contracted to perform crossing the stage at the Socadrome with Tribe on the Digicel truck, which we did. We had to rush because Fantasy was already crossing the stage and I have a truck in Fantasy that we had to cross the stage also.”

He recalled that after performing at the Socadrome he was showing somebody “a bruise that I got on the truck.” But he said they laughed about it and “we jumped off the truck and we ran to the maxi waiting to take us up to the Savannah.”

He said his appearance at the Socadrome was his first in its five-year history and was a result of his Digicel partnership. If there was any “mishap,” he said it was that “the two bands were on the stage at the same time. So we had to go from one stage to the other and we made it.” He said within 10 minutes of performing at the Socadrome he was performing on the Savannah stage.

He said he was overwhelmed by the love he got from the fans on the day, adding as he was running through the streets with “security and performers people stop me to take pictures, you have to be fit to do that.”

Montano said as someone who was ill at birth, he takes care of his health and assured his fans: “I am someone who will always be there and be in the best of health.”

After his Socadrome appearance, the T&T Guardian asked a member of Montano’s entourage if he was okay since he showed a bit of discomfort during the set, where he performed his runaway Road March hit Soca Kingdom. At the time, the individual said: “We suspect that it could be a matter of exhaustion, but it is guaranteed that Machel will get the best treatment and once he is okay he will resume once more on the truck to continue with his live performance of his hit.”

He went on to add, however, that there was not “anything to worry about” and once Montano was fine they would continue on to the next venue.


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