Thirty-six year old Soca ambassador, Machel Montano has been ordered to pay a total of $27,200 in fines and compensation in the assault case which saw victim, Russel Pollanais hospitalized for some time. The entertainer was found guilty on five charges- four of which were for assaulting Zen nightclub patrons Gerard Bowrin, Brandis Browne, Janelle Lee Chee, and Russell Pollonais in April, 2007. The fifth charge was for Montano’s use of obscene language. Today’s sentencing followed a previous sentencing adjournment on January 17.
Sentencing was also passed on fellow accused Kernel Roberts- the son of the late Lord Aldwyn ‘Kitchener’ Roberts. He was ordered to pay a total of $24,000 in fines and compensation.
Sentencing was scheduled for 9am this morning, however due to heavy traffic coming into Port-of-Spain, the magistrate announced a delayed sentencing at 1 o’clock this afternoon. Montano is the current title holder of the International Groovy soca monarch. He also shares the title of Power Soca Monarch with veteran soca artiste, Austin ‘Superblue’ Lyons. This morning, Caribbean Prestige Foundation founder, William Munro was seen outside the courthouse in Port-of-Spain lending support to the accused entertainer.
The people have spoken. Super Blue is the 2013 Road March winner.
Masqueraders have chosen Super Blue’s ‘Fantastic Friday’ to cross the stage with 511 times.
This is Super Blue’s 9th Road Monarch title.
Machel Montano, who Super Blue shared the 2013 Power Soca Monarch title, placed a distant second with 56 plays on the road.
On Friday Super Blue tied for first place with Montano in the Power category of the International Soca Monarch competition.
Ironically, Super Blue’s very last Road March title was won with “Pump Up” in 2000.
Machel Montano, won last year’s Road March title in 2012 with a song with a similar name “Pump Yuh Flag”.
Super Blue’s last public appearance on stage was with his daughter Fay Ann Lyons- Alvarez in 2009. He accompanied Fay Ann, a soca sensation and multiple title holder herself, on the Soca Monarch stage when she won with "Meet Super Blue”. That year she took home 3 major soca titles’ Power, Groovy and the Road March title.
His appearance re-ignited love and support for ‘Super Blue’ among his fans that had been waiting for his return for more than a decade.
Since the release of his song ‘Fantastic Friday’ it has been ‘voted’ and played overwhelmingly by online users and radio stations.
Super Blue was also in demand as the headline performer for the entire 2013 carnival season by all fete and event promoters.
His 2013 victory has added to a long impressive list of titles.
Below is the long list of past Road March titles ‘Super Blue’ won with in previous years
1995 "Signal to Lara"
1993 "Bacchanal Time"
1992 "Jab Jab"
1991 “Get Something and Wave"
1983 “Rebecca” (Formerly Blue Boy
1981 “Ethel” Blue Boy
1980 Soca Baptiste Blue Boy
Super Blue has a long line of firsts:
First calypsonian to ever perform at Wembley Convention Centre in London, UK.
First Soca Monarch winner
His performances of "Bachannal Time" and "Birthday Party" appeared on the first worldwide broadcast of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival via CNN.
First calypsonian to appear on Sesame Street
The much anticipated clash between soca heavyweights Austin "SuperBlue" Lyons and Machel Montano at Friday's Play Whe International Power Soca Monarch produced a result that most did not expect.
Billed as the showdown between the student (Machel) and the teacher (SuperBlue), the judges could not separate the two after they delivered crowd pleasing performances at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain that went into the wee hours of Saturday morning (today).
Machel urged his supporters to get off the ground and float in his delivery of "Float" while SuperBlue, who had the crowd chanting his name long before he took to the stage, had patrons bouncing to his aptly titled piece, "Fantastic Friday."
In the end, they had to split the spoils and the bragging rights while Rodney "Benjai Le Blanc sang his way to third place.
Machel, however, did not encounter such stiff competition in the Digicel International Groovy Soca Monarch as he successfully defended his title.
Neil "Iwer" George took second with Dexter "Blaxx" Stewart, third.
Play Whe International Power Soca Monarch
1. Austin "SuperBlue" Lyons
1. Machel Montano
3. Rodney "Benjai" Le Blanc
Digicel International Groovy Soca Monarch
1. Machel Montano
2. Neil "Iwer" Goerge
3. Dexter "Blaxx" Stewart.