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A guest of the Carnaval Tropi-
cal of Paris, Montano took the
opportunity, thanks to his French
label, Universal France, to make
the rounds of targeted radio sta-
tions as the single was released.
Machel did interviews not only
on some of the main radio sta-
tions for the French Caribbean
community such as Tropiques
FM and Espace FM, but also hit
some of the stations focusing on
youth and hip hop: ADO, Genera-
tions, Radio Latina...and the sec-
ond biggest radio network in the
world, RFI. The feedback was en-
couraging and the single is al-
ready playlisted on Tropiques FM.
The Carnaval Tropical began
with a street parade through
Paris, where the groups march to
the sounds of music, be it live
musicians or small DJ trucks.
Accompanied by DJ Young
Chow from Brooklyn, New York,
Machel first performed at a
packed Parisian nightclub, Le
Palacio and at the Stade Charlety
where the Carnaval Tropical
closed with a parade.
Representatives from the
record label were at the stadium
and they were amazed by the
crowd's reaction and love for
Machel. The plans are for a full
album to follow the release of
the single for which a video will
soon be shot, and getting Machel
to touch more mainstream
She opened for John Legend and went
on to become part of the soca landscape
in Imij and Co. Today, Krystal Khayne is
a solo act and she wants you to see
what she can really do, Akiela Hpope
spoke to the singer about her plans.
MM: So what have you been up to?
KK: I recently had a launch to begin a se-
ries of shows over the 2013 vacation.
However these shows will be different
from what you are accustom to because
while the first show will include a wide
range of songs including a few releases
from my repertoire like 'Threw it Away'
and 'Free', the rest of shows will be
artiste targeted. This simply means, by
example, one night it may be all about
Mary J Blige, while another night will be
Whitney Houston, et cetera. The shows
will span all over the country including To-
bago and it may also include Barbados.
The shows will also be twofold since I will
be having full out performances with
dancing and DJs. You may even see me in
clubs that include dance nights.
MM: What motivated you to do this?
KK: Just to get out there and let my fans
side the different sides of me. I am more
than just a soca singer...I am an artiste.
MM: What genre of music do you sing?
KK: I mainly do what I call Sun Pop, but I
touch on many other genres.
MM: When did you realise singing was
KK: It was from an early age when kids
would tell me come out and play and I al-
ways declined to stay inside and sing.
What sealed the deal was when I heard
'Vision of Love' by Mariah Carey. I wanted
to sing, I wanted to be just like her. My
had me singing
in church all the
time at their tea
parties and I
even did 12 and
Under once but
did not reach
very far. All this
time I was
known as the
MM: So how did you reach to this stage?
KK: Music exposure started around 15
years old when I was introduced to
Beaver Henderson and Sound Basin Stu-
dios. Beaver became my surrogate uncle
and helped guide my career in the direc-
tion it is in today. During my multiple vis-
its to the studio and to my dismay I
migrated to Canada for a short while to
study...when all I was dreaming about was
singing. I lived with my mother for that
stint but soon returned home to follow
my dream. Fast forward, I met up with Ian
Withshire who inevitably managed me
after hearing a demo I did for him. He is
the one responsible for getting my name
out there and giving me my foundation.
He was the one who was there when I co-
founded a musical band; he was also the
one who secured the opening of John
Legend for me, one of my proudest mo-
ment. I remember being so nervous but
humbled at that concert.
MM: You also started another band?
KK: 2G, the other key members were
Richard Charsu Ahong, Gabriel Bernard
and Marie Carter.
MM: And what about being apart of Imij
KK: A few years ago 2G hosted a concert
in remembrance of Michael Jackson.
When the concert aired on television it
was also the same time Imij & Co was
looking for a replacement, saw me and
asked me to moonlight for them. I ac-
cepted and stayed with them for about a
year and half and never regretted the
choice because the experience was very
fulfilling and fun. However, because of the
passion and trying to be fair to everyone I
had to leave to do my own music.
MM: Now that you are an individual
artiste would you want to do any col-
KK: Yes, a duet with Patrice Roberts.
To know more about this artiste you can
follow her on
Facebook - www.facebook.com/Krys-
Twitter - @KrystalKhayne
Website - www.krystalkhayne.com -
coming soon (under construction)
Machel Montano is taking over France. As his French
remix of Mr Fete featuring Matt Houston and Kulu G heats
up, the soca start spent the early part of this month pro-
moting the song in France.
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