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For more than three decades
he has delighted fans with his
pulsating rhythms and inno-
vative beats now entertainer
and entrepreneur Machel Mon-
tano is sharing his story with
the country at the Boissere
House, located at Queen s Park
West, Port-of-Spain, with a
display called Onstage.
The 33-year archive, which
will be open to the public until
Machel Monday next year (Feb-
ruary 9), shows all the signif-
icant milestones in Montano s
life starting from the 80s.
Onstage, which was officially
launched last Monday, and
goes as far back as the Pransonic
Express and spans his illustrious
career featuring several awards
and trophies, including his many
Soca Monarch titles.
There are also some of his
original writings of songs like
Toro Toro. The exhibition even
features the very first recording
machine that Montano used.
An emotional Montano
expressed his gratitude to Junior
Sammy for having a space to
share his journey. He also
expressed gratitude to his par-
ents Elizabeth and Winston for
helping him to find his path in
life early. He especially thanked
his mother for "hoarding" all the
information pertaining to his career.
"I have been fortunate enough from
a very young age to know my path
and to know my purpose, which has
taken me along this pathway.
Tonight as I look at all these things,
it brings back a lot of memories,"
He added that the artifacts
brought back a flood of memories;
some happy and some sad. Montano
said that he treasured the many rela-
tionships that he has formed with
people during his career.
These he said were more precious
to him than any accolade.
Seeing the display gave him a new
appreciation for the past, he con-
"This is a moment of high quality
for me. I always called my mother
a hoarder and I always complain
about moving out of the old and
getting into the new. I told her to
throw these things away, burn them
and stop living in the past but I
learned another valuable lesson again
and now my purpose has become
so clear to me. Life is always about
respecting the past, accepting the
future but most importantly living
in the now, which is the gift," he
The display will serve to help peo-
ple remember to unite and realise
that "we are one" and because of
that he will be starting a new focus
on his life at 40-years-old, he said.
Montano also hinted at a new project
called Monk which may be to help
young artistes develop.
"Monk is my next company ven-
ture and it s going to be movement
of new knowledge because we are
here to discover new things about
each other , which are things we
never knew and you know what is
the funniest thing when we discover
them we will realise that we always
knew it. Know yourself and to thine
own self be true."
This will influence his new music
for next year he revealed.
His mother, Elizabeth attributed
her son s longevity in the music
business to his intelligence and said
with pride that she knew he had a
special gift from the tender age of
"We were teachers and everybody
had to do something extracurricular
and his brother Marcus would play
the guitar and Machel would sing
and at five he would pick up the
recorder and tape and he would be
Aunty Kay, the judge, the artiste and
everything in one and he would bring
it for me to listen. I told his father
that this child has a good voice and
we took him for lessons and from
there we knew he had something
special," she said in an interview.
She said she hoped the display
would inspire the youth of the nation
to keep reaching for their goals
because they can be achieved with
diligence and determination.
"I want to teach a lesson about
the importance of the preservation
of heritage and culture and I would
like young people to come through
and see it and see Machel s journey,"
Also present was president of the
Trinbago Unified Calysponians
Organisation (Tuco), Lutalo Masim-
ba, better known as Brother Resist-
ance, who said that he was proud
of Montano s achievement and
hoped that soon all artistes would
be able to share their journey in a
"This fits right in with Tuco s
Education and Development pro-
gramme during Calypso history
month. It is our goal to create a
museum dedicated to Calypso his-
tory and this fits right into that
zone," he said.
The archive also features several
of the costumes that Montano has
used over the years, many of which
were designed by Chive Fashions.
Chive and his son Zwadi said in an
interview that it was an honour to
work with the electrifying artiste
over the years because of his creative
nature and because he is always a
challenge that they welcome.
Curator of exhibition, Kwynn
Johnson admitted that it was a lot
of work getting everything in order
but said she was very happy to be
a part of the historic event.
"It was an easy collection to work
with because it has been so well pre-
served and documented. What was
difficult was finding a venue and
funding for this project. It took me
about three months and I had to go
through an archive and determine
the most important costumes, videos
and articles," she said. Onstage will
be open to the public from 11am
from December 16-20, and then will
be closed for the Christmas season
until January 5, 2015.
Artifacts brought back a flood
of memories for Machel
Machel Montano, centre, is toasted by his family. His brother Marcus, a
pilot, stands at right.
'Monk is my next
and it's going to be
movement of new
we are here to
discover new things
about each other ,
which are things we
never knew and you
know what is the
funniest thing when
we discover them
we will realise that
we always knew it.
Know yourself and
to thine own self
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