Machel Does It Like Ah Boss!
Trinidadian Soca star, Machel Montano, retained the Power Soca Monarch title when the results were announced in Trinidad during the early hours last Saturday, as Carnival activities moved into the final weekend ahead of the traditional street jump up on Monday and Tuesday.
Montano, dressed in a gold suit with red trimmings, sang the popular 2015 Soca hit, “Like Ah Boss.” Iwer George, who now uses the stage name “The Boss” came second with his tune “Play D Mas” while comedian Niki Crosby, as “Granny” placed third with her tune of the same title.
In the Groovy Soca Monarch category, Olatunji Yearwood won with his popular 2015 hit “Ola,” while Darryl “Farmer Nappy” Henry placed second with his tune “My House”. Antiguan Ricardo Drue placed third with his tune “Vagabond”.
Machel won the Soca monarch competition in 2011 with “Advantage”. In 2012 and 2013 he won both the Power Soca Monarch and Groovy Soca Monarch titles with “Pump Yuh Flag” and “Mr. Fete” in 2012 and with “Float” and “The Fog” in 2013. Machel also won the Power Soca Monarch title in 2014 for his song “Ministry of Road”.
Chucky, one of the competitors in the Groovy Soca Monarch competition, retained his title as Calypso Monarch last Sunday.
Thousands of revelers took to the streets of Port of Spain Carnival Monday and Tuesday. When it was all over the “tune” dominating the mass was Machel's “Like Ah Boss” which won the Road March title. Machel also came in second with “Erupt,” while Olatunji placed third.
Machel won his first Road March title back in 1997 with his band Xtatik and the song “Big Truck.” The following year his bandmate Wayne Rodriguez did the trick with “Footsteps.” In 2006 Machel and Patrice did “Band Of The Year” to take home the Road March title with Machel copping the title once again in 2007 with “Jumbie,” in 2011 with 'Advantage,' in 2012 with “Pump Yuh Flag,” in 2014 with “Ministry of Road” and now again in 2015. Only Kitchener (with 12) and Superblue (nine) have more Road March titles. The Mighty Sparrow also has eight.
Machel Montano once again took Trinidad’s carnival,
which ended on Tuesday, by storm.