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Reigning Power Soca
Monarch Machel Montano says
winning the 2014 Road March
title was easy as there was no
competition this year.
He made the statement at a
celebratory news conference on
the stage at the Queen s Park
Savannah yesterday, after the
results of his landslide victory
His soca song entitled Min-
istry of the Road was played 374
times, the Trinbago Unified
Calypsonians Organisation stat-
ed in release yesterday.
He copped the Soca Monarch
crown with the same song and
came in second with in the
Groovy category with his song
Happiest Man Alive.
His nearest rival in the Road
March race was Farmer Nappy
(Darryl Henry) whose song Big
People Party was played 59
times. Benjai s (Rodney Le Blanc)
Come Out to Play came in third,
playing 39 times.
Montano admitted his song
was a political commentary.
"It was a statement that
needed to be made, a political
statement representing the voice
of the people."
He said it was difficult to get
ideas for the power soca as many
composers are running out of
ideas and ways to say the same
"They are running out of ideas
on how to say jump and wave,"
He admitted that "as early as
three weeks before we didn t see
any competition. We had extra
bullets in the chamber waiting
to launch if anything had come
up but we did not have a need
to do that."
Questioned about the quality
of the power soca, Montano reit-
erated that "power soca has been
dying." That term was used very
loosely because the situation
was changing instantly. "One
minute it is good, it is rich and
it is ripe and the other minute
it is like the desert."
He said people now want
"something slower, something
groovy. Groovy is more palat-
able, has more potential for the
international market because
people could relate to it."
Commenting on the low
spectator turnout at the
Socadrome, Montano said "it
did not have much people in
here (Queen s Park Savannah)
He said there were not many
people looking at mas anywhere
in the country.
"If we mind our business they
will find a way to make more
people come out to watch mas,
to make mas run on time, to
make mas something disci-
plined," he suggested.
He said if people were getting
fed up of his music he would
not keep winning as it was the
votes of the people who made
him a winner.
Montano said he remains
committed to working with all
artistes, including Bunji Garlin,
in the interest of advance the
art form. He said he will keep
on reaching out to every artiste.
"I am being a responsible par-
ent. I am communicating with
respond," Montano said.
He said he was not on any
publicity stunt as was being
claimed in a posting on Bunji
Garlin s social media page.
Montano said: "Now is the
time for us to get together,
everybody." See Page A11
A total of 251 people were arrested by the police
between J Ouvert morning and midnight on Car-
nival Tuesday, according to acting police com-
missioner Stephen Williams.
Williams and various heads under National Secu-
rity attended the police press conference yesterday
at the Police Administration Building, in Port-of-
He said during the Carnival period, there were
only 35 reports of serious crime, which was a
decrease from the usual reports of criminal activity
on a daily basis.
His statement came the day after National Secu-
rity Minister Gary Griffith made the statement that
this Carnival was one of the safest.
"We are seeing a reduction in the number of
murders...There is no increase," he said.
Williams said the six murders committed between
Fantastic Friday and Carnival Tuesday were not
Carnival-related but were "domestic issues."
"We are proactive and are highly mobile and we
are expanding the service by 1,000 police officers
to assist us with a higher level of visibility. We
changed our approach and have more active co-
operation from our citizens for sharing information,"
He said the Police Service was grateful for the
co-operation by citizens, tourists, all branches under
National Security and other agencies who were
involved in making the Carnival safe.
Members of the Licensing Department, Transit
Unit, Municipal Police, Traffic Wardens, Office of
Disaster Preparedness and Management and the
Fire Services also assisted.
Carnival gold commander deputy police com-
missioner Earl Gonzales said during the Carnival
days 29 people were charged with driving under
"We were glad for the support in the past few
days and it was extremely safe, with the minimum
of offences and disorder was minimal, and there
was a decline in road traffic accidents," he said.
He said there were 12 reports of traffic accidents
and three firearms were recovered. Gonzales said
many offenders were arrested for possession of
narcotics, fighting and using obscene language.
Chief of Defence Staff Major Gen Kenrick Maharaj
said as well as covering the Carnival events, members
of the Defence Force were also providing air assis-
He said the Coast Guard also had to monitor if
there were any people attempting to leave Venezuela
and enter local waters.
Garvin Heerah, director of the National Operations
Centre (NOC), said the Carnival bands were mon-
itored during that time by using a GPS tracker and
marshals who were in contact with members of
the NOC and others under National Security.
Only 35 serious
Machel Montano celebrates yesterday at the Queen's Park
Savannah stage by opening a bottle of champagne after the
results were announced that he won the 2014 Road March title.
PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
Montano: No Road March
competition for me
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