WATCH: 10 moments we won't forget from Machel Monday
The show, which started at 8 pm provided its usual smorgasbord of entertainment with early performances from Farmer Nappy and his band, Raymond Ramnarine, Omardath Maharaj, Ravi B, Patrice Roberts, Marvay and Shal Marshall in his first ever Machel Monday performance.
By 10 pm Montano took the stage to his Road March contender “Beat It” and from there it was a roller coaster ride with some memorable peaks including a dancehall segment, a set from DJ Puffy and appearances from Orlando Octave, Charly Black, King Bubba, Rupee and Skinny Fabulous among others.
Here are 10 moments from Machel Monday we won’t forget.
- Machel and MX Prime: With all the talk of Road March rivalry between the two performers, it was easy for many to forget these two have worked together before on Luv 2U 2Night off Montano’s 2000 album Too Young to Soca. The duo teamed up on Monday to remind the audience of that by singing the song and the sight of them both on stage put to rest any notion that there is bad blood between them in the Road March race.
- Bunji and Machel: They waited till almost the end of the show to give the audience what they were waiting for, Bunji and Machel together on stage for “Buss Head”. And while that brief moment of them dancing in a mock spar was heartwarming, the both titans digging deep in their chest of material to go song for song was even better.
- Bunji flying solo: Declaring it is now Bunji Monday, Bunji Garlin took us down memory lane to the Asylum days when he took over the stage to give us some of his old hits.Seeing Bunji handling the stage on his own was the icing on the cake for many.
- Calypso Rose brings the fire: Calypso Rose is no blushing flower on stage and she had the massive audience in stitches as she gyrated on stage for their song “Leave Me Alone” then launched into her old hits. She also made it clear her song in registered for the Road March race.
- The 3Suns reunion: It’s been a minute since we saw Ace, Crym and Menace (M1) on stage together and it was certainly refreshing to see them and be reminded of the songs they gave us. When Loop asked Ace backstage if a reunion is in the works he laughed and said we’ll see.
- Chinese Laundry: Last year Chinese Laundry and Signal to Noise stole the show when they reunited to take the over 30s down memory lane. This year, Laundry, against a backdrop of cassettes and to the beats laid down by Paris DJ Manu Digital, took us on a tour of what a top selecta must have in his arsenal. That took the form of ageing dancehall stars taking the stage: Daddy Lizard, Johnny Osbourne, Admiral Bailey, Courtney Melody and Supercat, who bizarrely took the stage with a red umbrella, mumbled through his songs and cussed out the musicians.
- Beenie Man and Bounty Killer: In the vein of love and unity, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man, once arch rivals, showed that big artistes can bury their hatchets and work together for the good of the artform. The younger folks in the crowd certainly appreciated their presence as they, too, went song for song in a friendly duel.
- Iwer and Laundry made up: If you don’t remember why Iwer George and Chinese Laundry fell out then don’t bother, no one will be telling that story anytime soon as the radio moguls kissed and made up on the Machel Monday stage singing both their past hits before.Iwer proceeded to destroy the stadium with “Bathe”.
- The return of the HD dancers: Early on in his set, Machel Montano reminded the audience that the theme of the show was the Journey of a Soca King. He recalled the Xtatik days and to the delight of the crowd called up his former HD dancers, Zulema, Dancing Jade, Lashaun and Pablo. The crowd seemed visibly disappointed that Brithnay was not on stage but the familiar faces of his old dancers was an enjoyable sight.
- Machel lays the case for the Road March: As he closed off the show around 3 am, Montano said the Road March is the people’s choice and acknowledging that “Full Extreme” is favoured, he said there have been groovy Road Marches in the past. However, signalling that he is prepared to fight, Montano offered up his song “Beat It” as a power alternative.