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It is indeed sad to see that an extremely talented person's
ego has so inflated, that he perceives himself to be better
than others, that he can do and say as he pleases and we all
would sit in reverence and swallow it.
Machel Montano states that he is on a "higher level" than
we are but it is apparent that whilst climbing up his Stairway
to Heaven, some vital values (humility) that he once had
were dropped, the load being too heavy perhaps and he
opted to keep some less than pleasant qualities.
Machel is probably the most talented soca artiste that
T&T has ever seen and may very well go down in history as
being the best ever. There is no doubt of his talent. Sadly
though within recent times, some say it is after winning the
Soul Train award, his perceived arrogance has in fact indeed
reached a higher level.
The incident at Fatima's all-inclusive fete and his remarks
regarding his behaviour and his stance of being wrong and
strong reminds me of a school yard bully who rants and
vents his anger on a hapless victim, because their other
world is spiralling out of their control.
I sincerely hope that people supporting him by making
comments regarding his behaviour at Fatima, actually at-
tended the fete. It is fair to say that no one has a right to
voice an opinion either for or against either party if they
were not there at the fete.
I have always been a huge Montano fan. I have bought his
music, legit, no download, over the years. I visited his office
and left him a card saying thanks for stopping over to take
pictures at Mario's St Augustine. I have attended Machel
Monday, up to last year. I love Machel's music, I love watch-
ing him perform to a captivated audience. I used to love
going to Zen on Ash Wednesday back in the day to hear him
This year, I chose not to attend Machel Monday. You see, I
was at Fatima fete and I felt utterly disgusted, and insulted
by Machel's rant. Patrons were at the fete since 5 pm and he
came onstage after midnight. He felt that our "energy"
wasn't as he wanted. Fact is, we waited so long that we
were tired. We were tired of waiting and waiting for his ap-
pearance...yet we did not boo or lambaste him for being late
when he got on stage.
Machel had no respect for fans, his musicians, his dancers
or the promoters who paid him to perform. He did not per-
form for free. He claims that he could not hear his voice due
to the sound system which in his words was "the worse." He
needed to save his voice for Machel Monday. So apparently,
he was doing us a favour by being at Fatima. If he knew that
his voice may be compromised then he simply should not
have accepted Fatima's invitation (and money) to perform.
I and hundreds of other patrons did not stay back for
more abuse. I am also a perfectionist and I expected a per-
fect execution regardless of sound issues. A perfectionist
has to juggle daily in an imperfect world, and make the best
of what they have and perfect it. I chose to walk because his
behaviour was less than perfect.
From now on I will listen to him on the radio, but I will not
be attending a fete just to hear Machel. If he happens to be
performing at a fete I attend, great, but it would not be the
deciding factor of if I am going.
My decision to leave the fete, to not attend Machel Mon-
day, to not support him at Soca Monarch, may not affect him
in the least, but I, like Machel, accept things I cannot change
and I am brave enough to change the things I can change.
The Serenity Prayer is my mantra.
We really are a funny society. As
the price of mas costumes
increase exponentially some of
us still willingly give our salaries whole-
heartedly to these mas bands. We won t
ever rally together to express our outrage
over what is clearly a rip off.
I love Carnival, but these very basic
pieces of underwear with feathers and
beads stuck to them should not cost as
much as they do. I ve heard the
attempts at justifying the cost of these
adornments: labour, so-called high-end
materials, time spent on creating, logis-
tics and paying for an incomparable
experience. These are the same scanty
pieces of clothing that you use for a few
hours and then discard. Sounds like
money well spent to me. But that s just
my opinion---to each his own. We earn
our keep and we should spend as we
But what I find baffling is patrons
were upset over what was allegedly
Machel Montano s disrespectful behav-
iour at the Fatima all-inclusive fete. This
is where I find so much humour. The
patrons paid $950 per ticket but com-
plained when Mr Montano expressed his
right and need to have a properly-func-
tioning sound system at the venue.
Patrons expressed disappointment and
disgust at Mr Montano s behaviour.
Really? Mr Montano still remains the
consummate professional and delivers
consistently every time. Anyone that is
objective in their stance would be able
to easily identify that. I see no reason
for him to apologise as he was well
within his right to point out the faulty
system. The organisers should have done
a better job in preparing. They should
be the ones to apologise!
I honestly have no problem with play-
ing mas and I love seeing our people
having a good time. But let s be fair and
objective. We can t complain when one
of our own has a standard to maintain,
so Mr Montano s obvious disquiet with
the set-up at Fatima does not warrant
an apology. Patrons spent far less for
the fete tickets than one would pay for
a costume, but made a point in stating
Mr Montano disappointed them. That
we complain about when he was trying
to give them their money s worth!
I m aware that not everyone that fetes
plays mas, but a significant portion
does. So tell me, do the band owners
apologise to you when they continue to
blatantly rip you off? Or how about
soca artistes that sing songs with a total
of four or five words? How about those
that habitually talk more than they sing
at every fete? What about those that
use the stage to complain about being
"fought down" all the time? Do we
demand apologies from them?
We take so much crap and say noth-
ing. But when Mr Montano legitimately
expressed his anger and frustration we
were deeply offended. Enough with the
Montano needs a
dose of humility
MACHEL HAS EVERY RIGHT TO COMPLAIN
THE BOSS AND THE PRINCE
Machel Montano with Brian Lara during
Fatimas' all-inclusive fete last weekend.
PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
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