Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Machel Montano & Xtatik|
Any Minute Now
Genres: World Music, Pop
This set's title could just as easily refer to Machel Montano's previous imminent crossover from soca ghetto to the glitzier ghetto of international pop stardom. Montano's soca-dance smash hit single "Come Dig It" and the ... more »
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This set's title could just as easily refer to Machel Montano's previous imminent crossover from soca ghetto to the glitzier ghetto of international pop stardom. Montano's soca-dance smash hit single "Come Dig It" and the video were all over American charts, dance floors, and the tube when he signed to stateside dance-rap indie label Delicious Vinyl. But Montano failed to come up with another soca-to-pop mixed-breed tune, so this lively mega-talent remains confined to the soca--and reggae--arena. Still, it's a huge territory, and Montano has crafted his own Caribbean crossover--an ultrakickin' amalgam of soca and reggae dancehall style that makes use of the former's irresistible bounce and the latter's martial drum-machine beats, combinations (a.k.a. singer plus rapper duos), and "fast chat" rap style. Montano and Xtatik's intent to fuse soca and reggae is announced at the outset with lead track "Outa Space (UFOs)," which also features reggae's dancehall king, Beenie Man (who scored a soca hit in Trinidad and Tobago during carnival '98). "Big Phat Fish," Montano's dominator during that same carnival, is here, as is another soca-dancehall combination with reggae "don" Red Rat. Jamaica's late, great prime minister Michael Manley and T&T's late PM, Eric Williams, were lifelong advocates of economic cooperation among the Caribbean nations. Looks like music's finally leading the way. --Elena Oumano
A strong offering
Sarina Nicole | Trinidad | 01/24/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Machel Montano has gone from child star to one of the most consistent and innovative soca artists in Trinidad today. This CD, their 1999 offering, contains many of the fast paced 'jams' that fans have gotten used to. One standout, that doesn't get mentioned as much as the larger hits (Powder Puff, UFO, Big Phat Fish, We Sound etc,) is a ragga inflected cover of U2's "With or Without You"."
Machel montano is the best soca singer ever
keem-sta | trinidad | 01/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i have 1 favorite rapper which is jay-z i have one favorite reggea singer which is Culture B.I have one great favorite soca singer and it is machel montano.i think machel is the best soca artist of all time. i loved any minute now and i loved charge.no other way to descibe machel but one hot trini artist."