Montano on a mission: Taking soca to the universe

So­ca star Machel Mon­tano wants to see an in­vest­ment be­ing made in mu­sic and cul­ture in T&T by way of a school; es­pe­cial­ly in a time where, he said, oil is no longer the most vi­able in­vest­ment.

The in­vest­ment, he said, should be made in a pos­i­tive way. He was speak­ing dur­ing an in­ter­view with Slam 100.5FM and CNC3 on Thurs­day.

He sug­gest­ed that a mu­sic school should be con­struct­ed to pro­vide the op­por­tu­ni­ties lo­cal­ly. He en­vis­aged it should look like Queen’s Roy­al Col­lege (QRC) in Port-of-Spain.

“A roy­al place where you can teach pan, teach tas­sa, you could teach Kaiso, ex-tem­po, where you could al­so teach clas­si­cal pi­ano…you know help the artists to be­come great.”

Mon­tano said over the years he has been ex­per­i­ment­ing all the dif­fer­ent facets with­in so­ca by do­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with oth­er artists such as Ca­lyp­so Rose and Ashan­ti to ap­peal to a wider base to “get a more crit­i­cal mass”.

This, he said, is im­por­tant, as cur­rent­ly there is the need for a “more crit­i­cal mass ef­fort of so­ca mu­sic go­ing out to the uni­verse.”

As part of this dri­ve for spread­ing pos­i­tiv­i­ty to the uni­verse, his new con­tender for Road March this year, “Re­lease”, is ex­pect­ed to be re­leased next week and is in­tend­ed to com­bat the lev­els of neg­a­tiv­i­ty cur­rent­ly be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in so­ci­ety.

“Let’s try to put more con­scious­ness in­to the at­mos­phere. I was giv­en the gift of mu­sic and so­ca mu­sic and I want to take so­ca mu­sic to the uni­verse. I want to re­lease the neg­a­tive things and I want to re­lease pos­i­tive things in­to the at­mos­phere.

“These mes­sages mean some­thing to me now,” he said.

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