Last Thursday, Tropicalfete presented its annual Top 100 International Caribbean songs for 2012 at Negril Village Lounge in New York City. As journalist Patricia Meschino points out, Tropicalfete’s Top 100 Song Countdown is the only chart that brings together the variety of cultures, languages and rhythms emanating from the Caribbean: “From platinum selling hit makers like Rihanna, Sean Paul and Pit Bull to Haitian compa bands, carnival soca anthems or dancehall boomshots, these 100 songs reflect the soundtrack of life across the Caribbean and the influence of the region’s sounds on the musical mainstream.” Machel Montano, who will soon be sentenced on five charges [see previous post Trinidad’s Machel Montano and Other Soca Figures Face Charges] won the number one spot.
[. . .] This year’s number one (1) song was Mr Fete by the dynamic, high-energy singer, song-writer and producer, Machel Montano of Trinidad and Tobago. Montano has a recod six (6) tunes on the chart. The ever consistent Montano who has performed to sold out concerts in Madison Square Garden, has a musical career that spans over thirty (30) years and has collaborated with the likes of the Mighty Sparrow, Destra, Beenie Man, Pit Bull, Red Rat, G-Unit, Burning Flames, Walker Homung, Calypso Rose, Wyclef Jean and Busta Rhymes who are considered as some of the best in the entertainment/musical industry.
This year, Montano is the triple-crown winner in his native country, where he is the Road-march, Power Soca and Groovy Soca Monarch. He also won the International Power Soca title earlier this year with Pump Yuh Flag, that was also the tune that won him the Road-march crown for Trinidad and Tobago carnival 2012. To crown off his achievements for the year, Montano received first-round ballot consideration for a Grammy nomination in the 55th Annual Grammy Awards with his 2012 album, “Double M.”
Tropicalfete congratulates all the artists who secured a spot in the Top 100 International Caribbean Songs. However, the Tropicalfete crew congratulates Mr. Machel Montano for claiming 6 spots on the Top 100 chart and wishes him all the best on his achievements thus far and good luck on his musical journey. [. . .]
Listen to “Mr Fete” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p86G6X_17XA