JAM | Mar 16, 2023

Machel Montano brings the full band to Wi Fete for Carnival in Jamaica

Shemar-Leslie Louisy

Shemar-Leslie Louisy / Our Today

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King of Soca Machel Montano will be performing in Jamaica for the first time in 8 years at Carnival in Jamaica at the upcoming Wi Fete event in Kingston on Saturday (April 15).

The event will start at 7:00 pm and finish at midnight and feature performances by soca giants- Bunji Garlin the winner of the 2023 Road March, Nailah Black Man, 1st-runner-up of the 2023 Road March and performances by Machel Montano with his full band for the first time in Jamaica.

Kibwe McGann, co-director of Wi Fete. (Photos: Quwayne_Rose/Qurious_Media)

Kibwe McGann, co-director of Wi Fete shared with Our Today what Wi Fete represents, he said: “Wi Fete represents unity, that’s what this is all about, unity in the space and the region, never before has anyone invested in Carnival Saturday like the way we are investing in Carnival Saturday, it’s going to be an early event, we going to open the gates from four, start at seven o’clock and finish by twelve because people have to go to the road.”

“We’re going to bring out Machel’s band, his dancers, first time in eight years in Jamaica, we’re bringing the Road March winner himself Bunji, we’re bringing the runner-up Nailah, we’re going to make this Carnival Saturday historic, that’s what this is for us,” he added.

King of Soca Machel Montano at the Wi Fete press conference.

Speaking at the Wi Fete launch press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus, Montano said the organisers behind WI Fete and himself are not here to compete in a Trinidad versus Jamaica debate, but are on a mission to work together and elevate the space.

“We have to do this together, the type of issues we have, requires all hands on deck,” said the soca legend.

“There is a changing of the guard happening here, what got us here is not going to get us there is a new generation here and we have a responsibility to move this region forward,” he continued.

READ: WATCH | Machel Montano talks about childhood in Jamaica


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