Although Machel Monday was free years prior, this year it was streaming for $9.99 I could not believe that people actually complained about paying 10 dollars.
I mean, what is Machel supposed to do? Entertain the world for free?
Set up the live stream, video hosting and audio machinery, all for
FREE? That's not a sustainable model. And I, along with many people,
was happy to pay the $9.99.
February 1st is when my carnival madness started.
One of the hottest fetes of carnival, "Machel Monday", was not only a
full concert / fete experience it was also available online for viewing
at the low price of $9.99.
And it was actually my first fete..... I just attended it - VIRTUALLY.
============== I Paid The $9.99 ==============
Although Machel Monday was free years prior, this year it was streaming for $9.99. I could not believe that people actually complained about paying 10 dollars. I mean, what is Machel supposed to do? Entertain the world for free? Set up the live stream, video hosting and audio machinery, all for FREE? That's not a sustainable model. And I, along with many people, was happy to pay the $9.99.
The star power on Machel Monday was
absolutely amazing. I'm not sure how he got so many awesome people to
bless the stage at his event but it was spectacular.
The one thing that people are still talking about is the moment when
"Chinese Laundry" blessed the stage and began throwing down straight
fiyah by playing one dub plate after the next of the old school reggae
tunes that he is and was known for. "Chinese Laundry" is
what most of us know him by but his real name is Tony Chow Lin On. He
became a famous DJ in the caribbean circles in the 1980s and hit it big
in the Trinidad scene in the tape cassette hustle game, selling
mixtapes. From there he blew up and became world famous. We he rocked
the stage at Machel Monday, the whole place shell down!!! The artist line up included some of the best soca artist in the world but was not limited to the following individual:
Sean Paul Shaggy Angela Hunte Lil Jon
Beenie Man Kerwin Du Bois Nadia Batson Olatunji Lyrikal Lead Pipe and Saddis Skinny Fabulous Alison Hinds Farmer Nappy Nava Ravi B. Omi
was like so many who had not touched down yet in TnT. And so many who
just were not going to make it to carnival but wanted to experience what
I was happy.
I was glad.
I was excited.
And I was looking forward to watching Machel Monday...... online.
couldn't be with my friends, Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Hopeful,
Carnegie Tirado and the beautiful and intelligent Dr. Danni Leger but I
was able to be with them virtually as Carnegie sent over pics and videos
while he was in the fete and they were jamming in Trinidad. All of
this was going on while I was sitting in front of my laptop in the
United States. It was a great way to share a carnival moment with
friends while not being able to be in the same place at the same time.
=============== Standing Up In Front Of My Laptop ===============
found myself standing up in front of my laptop. I was chipping and
dancing and wining. I was doing all of this while packing my suitcase
(sidebar: for those of you who do not know. You
pack your bag for TNT about 3 times. The first pack is a preliminary
pack, where you pack what you have and what you've bought but then
recognize what you do not have and what you need. You don't panic
because you have enough time and you are staying on pace. Then you pack
again by adding the things that you need and check everything against
your packing list. Then your last pack consists of packing everything
up as well as your carry-on and putting the clothes for your first 2
fetes in your carry-on luggage just in case you luggage gets lost. So
this is what I was doing during Machel Monday).
I was also on
my next laptop watching the other people enjoy the fete who paid the
$9.99 as well. One of the people who's feed I enjoyed watching was my
friend and fellow Bahamian Jae Smooth was having the time of her
I hit Jae after the fete and she assessed her virtual experience as such:
"Machel Monday was LIVE!!!!! It was really good. I got goosebumps during the show. I was so into it that I curse de tv when it freezed a couple of times. Machel really showed his love for the culture, for soca and for artist of the future."
=============== Closing ===============
Machel Monday is definitely a fete that you should attend in reality or virtually.
It is the desire of TriniJungleJuice.com
and The Carnival Doctor to get a ground level and grassroots approach
to Carnival. For us to have you, not only get a feel for Carnival, but
also a feel for the people that attend carnival. Behind every picture
and video is a story but the story that you make up in your mind is not
necessarily the truth. After all the jumping up, and winin' and
bacchanal is done -- we all have real lives to return to. It is our
desire for you to know the other people that you share the carnival