Tuesday, February 14, 2017

In It to Win It: Machel Montano and Skinny Fabulous with "Go Hard"

Machel Montano performs today's random tune, Go Hard, with help from Skinny Fabulous. Machel Montano, from Trinidad, is a soca artist, actor, producer and songwriter who, in 1987, was the youngest finalist ever to win the Caribbean Song Festival in Barbados. He is the frontman for the group HD Family and for the band Xtatik, and has a 30 year career in the music industry which has allowed him to record with many major Caribbean and outside acts such as Wyclef Jean, Calypso Rose, Pitbull, Ariana Grande and Busta Rhymes. He is noted for fast-paced, high energy and unpredictable stage performances, and his high profile has helped spread the popularity of soca music around the world. Skinny Fabulous, from St. Vincent & the Grenadines, is the stage name of soca artist Gamal Doyle. Doyle has developed a style of soca music strongly influenced by dancehall. Originally a chanter, he switched to soca music about a decade ago. In 2008 he won the St. Vincent Soca Monarch title and has won numerous awards since, as well as touring the countries of the region and exciting crowds with his stage performances. Go Hard can be found on Machel Montano's 2016 release Monk Evolution.