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Trinidad & Tobago Dispatch 3: A World of Soca and Calypso
3canal was only the start of my eclectic music packed weekend. The next item on the menu was Machal Montano & Xtatik's Alternative Concept 4 concert which was hyped to no end. Machal is one of the best Soca artists around helping to take Soca to the distance and convince the world that Trinidad is indeed a cosmopolitan place. After some full-scale liming earlier that day in St. James and at Crobar I headed back to the hills of Cascade for a brief snooze to prepare for this Global Village I would later encounter. Getting some shut eye was tough due to the level excitement flowing in my veins. I laid down, got up and laid down again. Music from one of the neighbor's place made it into the apartment. I got up again and looked at the clock. One and a half hours before my friend would pick me up and they were running late. Make that two. At this point I lost hope in sleeping and opted to play some Bob while I waited and walked the apartment. Finally my friends showed and the night became alive again - off to see Montano!
When we showed at the Queen's Park Savannah hordes of people had already arrived. Many were hanging out front waiting for friends while a few headed in to snag the closest spots to the front possible. While there were still several other events taking place around the island I believe at least 20,000 showed up to AC4. Several folks who came being hard-core Montano fan's only wished to see Montano and the rest of us were drooling for all. Wyclef, Mr. Vegas, Maximus Dan, Allison Hinds, KMC, Bunji Garlin, Patrice Roberts, Minimi and a load of folks were on deck to ignite the crowd. The show went for what seems like forever. I admit my legs started getting just a tad shaky and I kept wishing I had gotten that nap in beforehand. Too late now. Jump, wave your rag, wine, and please don't let another person stomp on my foot. In short the party didn't stop until 5 AM, I enjoyed myself tremendously and in terms of pre-Carnival prep - I'm guessing I haven't seen nothin' yet.