Machel Montano Rules Carnival With
“Waiting on the Stage”—Is He Leading Soca Down The Road To EDM?

Trinidad & Tobago’s “Minister of Road” Takes Third Consecutive Road March Title

Trinidadian soca superstar Machel Montano has won his third consecutive road march title. Since 1932, the Trinidad Carnival Committtee has awarded the prize to the  musical composition played most often at the “judging points” along the parade route throughout Port of Spain during the big carnival celebration. This is the eighth win of Montano’s career. Not since Tambu hit the trifecta in 1988, 89, and 1990 has one artist dominated the competition three years in a row. The winning tune, “Waiting on the Stage,” was produced by Trini production squad Badjohn Republic. But with its strong EDM influence, it almost sounds like it could be a Major Lazer record.  Check out the tune and judge for yourself. Video After The Jump…

2016: “Waiting on the Stage”

Machel’s music has always showed diverse influences, and he’s often incoroporated elements of dancehall and hip hop into his music, as well as collaborating with international producers including Tony Kelly of Jamaica and Major Lazer of the U.S. Still, compared to his past two Road March Title songs, the new joint has a strong EDM influence.

2015: “Like A Boss”

2015: “Minister of Road”

So what does all this mean for the future of soca? Is the EDM influence a positive development? Will it help the music grow and reach a larger audience? Is it just a trend. Let us know in the comments.

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