Machel comes to Blue Diamonds’ rescue
Soca star Machel Montano has come to the rescue of an unsponsored steelband which had been struggling to prepare for the Panorama competition.
After reading the Sunday Guardian’s article Diamonds in the rough highlighting the plight of George Street-based Blue Diamonds Steel Orchestra, Montano decided to help.
Yesterday Machel’s mother, Elizabeth “Lady” Montano, met with the band’s captain Wayne St Clair Babb and secretary Judith Chambers to determine exactly how the Machel Montano Foundation for Greatness will assist.
Blue Diamonds will be immediately gifted with four new steel pans, including two tenor and two seconds, a new trap set, jerseys, and a banner. Other aspects of sponsorship will also be worked out.
Blue Diamonds will face the judges in their panyard on February 10 in the preliminaries of the Panorama Small Band competition.
The meeting between Montano, St Clair Babb and Chambers took place at the office of Xtatik Limited located at 39 Gordon Street in Port-of-Spain.
While Machel is committed to helping the band, it was at the meeting Montano realised the band actually had some history with her son. Machel used the band’s pan stands as part of his 2017 music video for the song Buss Head with Ian “Bunji Garlin” Alvarez. A portion of the music video was filmed on Cockerton Street which is near the Blue Diamond panyard.
Then they realised the connection was even deeper.
By Joel Julien
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian.