Did you already wonder about the very few appearances by Machel Montano this carnival? A series of articles in the Guardian tries to explain his motives behind the decision to keep a low profile this season. Read now part 1.
The decision of soca superstar, Machel Montano, to refrain from live performances during the Carnival season is possibly one of the most difficult decisions he had to make in his long musical career. Many fans and revellers consider this move as creating a vacuum in live musical performances during these Carnival celebrations. However, this musical move can be a very strategic manoeuvre if Machel utilises this period to re-evaluate his guiding philosophy in relation to where he wants to take the music. Many local musicologists and older commentators have attributed blame to Montano for the direction of soca music in the last decade, since the local media have always touted him as the major flag-bearer of the new generation of soca performers in the post Rudder/SuperBlue era.