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    Xtatik Road Marching Band (article)

    Marching to the sounds of Xtatik


    Machel Montano and the eight Regiment drummers that make up his Road Marching Band.

    Photo: David Wears

    By Laura Dowrich

    Last year, Machel Montano reigned supreme as ringmaster of the Xtatik Circus. This year, in keeping with his plan to work within a theatrical theme, the soca star has donned a blue and white uniform as captain of the Xtatik Road Marching Band.

    The band was unveiled last Friday at the National Flour Mills Soca by the Silos fete, complete with a drumline, moko jumbies and of course, Buttercup and Co — the ever popular and talented Power Puff girls. These girls, numbering three in all, perform eye-boggling feats with their waists and behinds that leave men salivating and women anything from scandalised to plain envious.

    “With the marching band, I just wanted to keep the circus people involved. The moko jumbies, the girls, they represent aspects of Carnival, and I wanted to find a way to keep that aspect,” an exhausted-looking Montano said, during a break in rehearsals the night before the marching band was launched.

    In fact, he added, there are three components to the band’s presentation this year: there is Xtatik — comprising himself, Nappy, Peter C, Fresh Life and eight others; an eight-piece drumline comprising members of the T&T Regiment Drum Corps; and the Extras, of which the girls are a part. Xtatik and the drum line make up the Xtatik Road Marching Band.

    Those who saw the presentation on Friday night compared it to the 2002 movie Drumline, which starred actor Nick Cannon as a talented drummer who couldn’t read music.

    The movie gave some insight into the competitive world of marching bands in black American universities and the level of musicianship, choreography and flair that such bands encompass.

    Montano said although working with the Regiment band was something he had wanted to do for about four years, the movie inspired him.

    “When I saw Drumline came out first, I felt sad. I didn’t have the resources to do it — but the movie really inspired me to go ahead.

    “I decided to do a marching band with limbo dancers, mas, wining girls. The band will be a parallel to the parade on Monday and Tuesday with the craziness of Carnival,” he said.

    A release from Xtatik said that in addition to Drumline, Montano was also inspired by the Carnival experience which sees thousands of people peacefully marching on the streets for two days annually.

    In studying the different cultural phenomena of Carnival and the marching bands, the release said, Montano thought it would be tremendously challenging to merge these two, very different, but somehow complementary musical formats.

    Including the Regiment in his act is a strategic move for Montano, who said he likes to align anything he does to what is going on globally.

    “Right now there is a strong military presence around the world... what is military to me is discipline. I say we should use the military philosophy in a positive light,” said Montano, who was a member of the Scouts while at Presentation College, San Fernando.

    “I want the youths to see us joining forces. We could use that power to promote love. We need to come out and say something positive against violence, against racism, against black people killing black people.”

    Asked if the Regiment drummers would be accompanying the band on tour, Montano said he was only “on tomorrow” and hadn’t given the future any thought.

    His marketing manager John Adamson said ideally the band would love to take the Regiment members with them out of Trinidad, if they could get the relevant approvals. He said the marching band concept has global appeal.

    Patrons who attend any event featuring Xtatik will see the marching band on show, but Montano said at each performance something different will be added
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    Take Kaiso In Yuh Mouth!! lordsalt is offline
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    is it me or r the outfits the same from the movie drumline? :p

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    Originally posted by lordsalt
    is it me or r the outfits the same from the movie drumline? :p

    salty
    I thought so too. :p
    "Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe." - Oprah Winfrey

    "If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous." ~Paulo Coelho

    "I find your lack of faith disturbing" - Darth Vader

    Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit
    the floor each morning the devil says:
    "Oh Crap, She's up!"

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    Originally posted by lordsalt
    is it me or r the outfits the same from the movie drumline? :p

    salty
    yep...
    an machel belly so big...
    he shirt eh buttonin up...



    oh..
    mornin salty :)...

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    Take Kaiso In Yuh Mouth!! lordsalt is offline
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    thx shandy. thougth it was me, but datz cool he incorporating the regiment drum corps 2 give them exposure. as for bubbles/buttercup....dey been exposing a lot.

    mornin 2 u 2 lady slaughter....uhh....lady in red...uhh i mean....lady queens...steups...whatever. :)

    salty

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    I am looking forward to seeing this.

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    can't wait to see this show for the 1st time on Valentine's Day

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    Big up Machel for always bringing something fresh to soca and to carnival...


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    me too.

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    dam Iwer pro vex he released his new tune indicated for marshal
    because as i stated before Road mArch and roadmarching band is two different things.....

    no scene trini's like bacanal so iwer tune will mash up reguardless.

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    I'm very happy and proud of Machel I think he would be one of the front men bringing Soca to the Billboards. Machel is very innovative and that's what we need in this scene. Much respect for his zeal for Soca, I can't wait to see him perform. As for the girls I would love to see less skin and more clothes. They are beautiful woman, but the way they act on stage makes them look like a piece of meat. I give them respect for having courage to do it all the time, but please put some more clothes on.















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    I'm very happy and proud of Machel I think he would be one of the front men bringing Soca to the Billboards. Machel is very innovative and that's what we need in this scene. Much respect for his zeal for Soca, I can't wait to see him perform. As for the girls I would love to see less skin and more clothes. They are beautiful woman, but the way they act on stage makes them look like a piece of meat. I give them respect for having courage to do it all the time, but please put some more clothes on.















    LOVE SOCA CAUSE IT LOVES YOU

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    I'm very happy and proud of Machel I think he would be one of the front men bringing Soca to the Billboards. Machel is very innovative and that's what we need in this scene. Much respect for his zeal for Soca, I can't wait to see him perform. As for the girls I would love to see less skin and more clothes. They are beautiful woman, but the way they act on stage makes them look like a piece of meat. I give them respect for having courage to do it all the time, but please put some more clothes on.















    LOVE SOCA CAUSE IT LOVES YOU

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    Red face Thumbs up/Thumbs down!

    On the one had i say nuff props to Machel & Xtatik for being innovative & talented enough to bring creative and entertaining elements to their craft.


    On the other hand i have to blaze fyah pan dem for not being wise, brave and/or principled enough to find better ways of incorporating women into the mix!

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    Re: Thumbs up/Thumbs down!

    Originally posted by Solidarity
    On the other hand i have to blaze fyah pan dem for not being wise, brave and/or principled enough to find better ways of incorporating women into the mix!
    FYAHHHHHH!

    Hey Solidarity, go into the "A little concerned" post. :)
    "Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe." - Oprah Winfrey

    "If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous." ~Paulo Coelho

    "I find your lack of faith disturbing" - Darth Vader

    Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit
    the floor each morning the devil says:
    "Oh Crap, She's up!"

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