Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 13th 2015 Contents 2 Friday February 13, 2015 • Issue 172
By Cate Young
This past Monday, I popped my fete cherry by attend-
ing Machel Monday; my first ever "pay fete" (as my
mother used to call them) at the ripe old age of 24.
Don't judge me. Just think of me as the real life Lucy. "I
grew up as a real good girl, always home, doh go
But all that finally changed and as a first time feter, I
learned a lot about the politics of feteing.
1. Don't wear yuh fancy shoes: As tempting as it is to
dress up in yuh dan dans to go out, there is zero reason to
wear six inch heels in a fete. I smartly wore flats, and my
feet were still killing me by the end of the night. I can only
image how much pain everyone else was in.
2. Be prepared to run into everyone you know: We al-
ways say that Trinidad is too small, but it gets infinitely
smaller come Carnival time. I ran into people I hadn't seen
in years in the crowd of Machel Monday, including some I
hadn't seen since primary school. It's a good think I remem-
bered to look like people!
3. You will get wet down by over exuberant drinkers:
It's not fun, but it happens, and there's no use kicking up a
fuss about. But what is a little Carib running between your
breasts when you're already jammed up against thousands
of sweaty bodies?
4. Backstage is another universe: Let it be known that
backstage is where the real lime is. All the movers and
shakers are there, running into each other, networking and
congratulating each other on a successful Carnival season.
I may or may not have had to remind myself that seeing
someone's face in the papers does not make them your
friend! But it was fascinating to see the microcosm of
Trinidad's artistic community all in one place, enjoying the
same experience together.
5. You will get caught up in the crowd: There's really
nothing like the communal feeling of enjoying good music
with a bunch of people you don't know, united by your pas-
sion for the song. Sure, some people might get a little
handsy or try to make a pass, but those moments when
the whole crowd is moving as one, and singing along to
that bess tune? Sheer magic.
And last, but not least, the hassle is totally worth it. As
tired, hungry and in pain as I was by the end of the night, I
regret nothing. The show was fantastic and I enjoyed every
second of it. I got to see some of my favourite artistes live
and in the flesh, giving everything they had on the stage
and feeding off the crowd's energy. Even though I've been
a Trini all my life, I finally understand why Carnival leaves
people so completely bamboozled. The energy and electric-
ity that I felt during the show was intoxicating, and I can't
wait to do it all again.
He came in like a boss, leading an Army band
drum line, wearing golden combat boots and avia-
tors, leaving the audience in total amazement.
This was only the start of what turned out to be a
spectacular, hiccup-free six hour long concert.
From the onset it was clear that this Machel Mon-
day would be one to remember.
It was straight to business for Monte as he sent
the crowd into a frenzy with his popular 'Like A
Boss'. After making a quick wardrobe change (one
of many for the night) he let loose favourites like
"Jumbie", "Higher than High", "Scandalous", "Crazi-
ness" and the more recent "Epic".
On stage jumbo screens lit up with song lyrics
and imagery while the band played from an elevated
spot to the rear. Although there were many memo-
rable performances on the night- his performances
with guest acts Chris Martin, Alison Hinds, Shaggy
and Fatman Scoop it was his unplugged set with
Destra that oozed sheer brillliance. The duo showed
fans what could be accomplished with love-having
let bygones be bygones- they started the set with
"Come Back' following up with Adele's "Someone
Like You", "No Woman, No Cry", "Bonnie and Clyde",
and "With or Without You".
Montano's season long calls for more love was
evident in his performances with Farmer Nappy and
Patrice Roberts, who he called his family. He recalled
the early singing days with Farmer Nappy and him-
self as they shared an embrace on stage.
Other acts appearing on the show included Nadia
Batson, Sean Paul, Nava, Skinny Fabulous, Kerwin
Dubois, Beenie Man and Jillionaire and Walshy Fire
from Major Lazer.
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