King of Soca – 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐵𝑖𝑜𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑝ℎ𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑀𝑎𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑙 𝑀𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑜 – by the utimate insider, his mother, 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐡 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐨, MPhil, is out now!
“What did it take to become King of Soca?”
The iconic Machel Jesus Montano: a small-village Trinidadian boy who grew up to become Winer Boi, then HD, and, ultimately, MONK Monté. In 2022, the acclaimed, award-winning King of Soca celebrates forty years in Calypso and Soca music—with a career that began at the age of seven—and now has legions of adoring fans worldwide.
This unique biography details how Machel achieved remarkable success and longevity in the cut-throat industry. Who better to tell the tale than the ultimate insider: his mother, manager, confidante, and now biographer—Elizabeth “Lady” Montano? In this book, you will read a first-hand account of Machel’s rise to stardom, including never-before-revealed insights into:
The Winer Boi, HD, and Monk Monté years – His evolution, spiritual development, and re-inventions – His collaborations and experimentations – The historical Calypso and Soca landscape that shaped his career – Photographs, newspaper articles, and more from his massive archive.
Machel’s story brings to light what it really took him to rise to and remain at the peak of a music career that spans four decades as one of the most popular Soca artists in the world. Whether you are a fan of his 45+ album discography and energetic, fast-paced style, or simply interested in how a successful career is built, this engaging biography will surely provide valuable information and insights.
Hardcover, with dust jacket 10 x 10 inches
Approx. 332 pages with 200+ images
ISBN 978-976-96749-0-5 Biography