“This is the sixth car Machel has received from Diamond Motors,” Machel Montano mother, Elizabeth Montano said as she collected a brand new red Mitsubishi Lancer on the Road March champion’s behalf yesterday. The Mitsubishi, Machel’s prize for his 2014 Road March runaway hit Ministry of Road, was handed over at Diamonds Motors, Port-of-Spain, showroom.

“The first is still going strong. The other we sold and divided the money and this one we are going to dedicate to the HD family… those who do all the work in the background. “You all know Machel loves his culture and soca music and he has given 33 years of his life to soca music. He is going to be 40 and he’s still giving his best.” She said. She went on to say that Machel’s 2015 road march offering has already been written and there was no doubt in her mind that he was going to take the title again next year.

Montano is currently in Los Angeles working on some new musical material. But he phoned in to thank the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (Tuco) and Vibe CT 105FM, part of the Trinidad Broadcasting Company (TBC) network, the two main sponsors of the Road March competition title, for their continued support for the calypso and soca artform in T&T. Montano also thanked the producers and everyone else who contributed to his winning selection this year.

Montano received a prize package worth in excess of $200,000, in addition to further branding in excess of $500,000. Speaking at the event, Tuco president Lutalo “Brother Resistance” Masimba said they were hoping to make the prize package even more attractive in the not too distant future.
“Tuco, Vibe CT 105FM and TBC have had a very strong and longstanding relationship in promoting this calypso and soca artform. And I think it’s time we sit down and talk about how we could further up the standard of the prize package for our road march title winner,” Masimba said.

According to Masimba, this is the 100th year since the first calypso song was recorded. He believes that more should be done for the artform and the people like Montano, who had been consistent in keeping it alive and pushing it towards international status