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Machel to Rise at Oval

NATANGA SMITH, [email protected]

Machel to Rise at Oval

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For the past three years soca superstar Machel Montano was the headliner for the 1Love concert. This year he will headline his own show, Rise, being held at Kensington Oval on July 31.

Slated as the Crop Over event of the year, Montano joins forces with kaiso legend Super Blue and several of Barbados’ and the Caribbean’s top artistes and DJs to deliver eight hours of adrenaline-pumping, high energy musical euphoria from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day. 

The event is a collaborative endeavour of Mastermind Entertainment and Jermaine Magras of Jay Upscale Marketing and Promotions.

In a press release Magras stated: “The people of Barbados and the larger Caribbean region has always had music as unifier. It is the one thing we have in common that is truly distinct from the rest of the world.”

He also shared that the date of July 31 was deliberately chosen as Barbados will celebrate Emancipation Day on Wednesday, August 1.

“The messages of freedom, togetherness and harmony ought to resonate throughout the Caribbean now more than ever and our aim is to use events such as these to push these messages and further strengthen regional ties; we are all connected. It’s a date that global fans of Machel’s high-energy shows will want to set aside,” Magras said.

Barbados is one of several stops along Machel’s Soca Kingdom tour. The show will also be touching St Lucia on July 11, where both Machel and calypso legend Super Blue are set to perform. 

It is unknown if 1Love will still be staged. (NS/PR)