Montano goes back to roots

By Rory Daley
Observer reporter

Thursday, August 02, 2018

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SOCA star Machel Montano gave an energetic performance much to the delight of patrons who came out in their numbers to Pelican All White Breakfast Party at the Oriental Gardens on the grounds of The University of the West Indies' (UWI) Mona campus, St Andrew, last Saturday.

“It's always good to give back. The University of the West Indies is family to me,” Montano told the Jamaica Observer after leaving the stage.

The event, a collab between the UWI and soca party promoters Sunnation, is the first of three parties to close off the institution's Chancellor's Week celebrations, which ran from July 23 to 29. It also doubled as a charity event to raise money for the UWI Endowment Fund, which provides support for students who are experiencing financial difficulties.

The Trinidad & Tobago soca star said his roots with UWI runs deep.

“The memory of UWI is deep, because as a child the first place I went to school was associated with this campus, as my parents were in Mona. I grew up on these grounds from age three until about five,” said Montano.

The soca star had the crowd rocking from start to finish as they recited the hit songs from his catalogue including Like A Boss, Bottle of Rum, and Mr Fete.

Minna Israel, advisor to the Vice Chancellor of The UWI on resource management, said she was pleased with the occasion.

“I couldn't be more thrilled about the party. Sunnation has delivered above my expectations,” she told Observer.

Israel explained that she had reached out to Sunnation, based on their association to the University and their reputation in the party scene.

Sunnation director Phillip “PP” Palmer explained his reason for coming on board.

“Foremost, what was important and really attracted us was the reason for this event. It's a charity. It's the UWI Endowment Fund. It's to put really talented, gifted, college students who find it financially challenging through the university and that is an amazing cause,” he said.

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