Soca King Machel Montano has said that the move to have the Play It Out Concert in Antigua and Barbuda inspires his higher purpose.
Speaking on OBSERVER Radio’s Voice of the People programme yesterday, the Trinidadian musical and cultural artiste told listeners that those who have been given a public platform should seek to make meaningful change in the wider community.
“I am always on call for something that has a higher purpose. I believe that I have been put in this game to grow the culture; but then when you grow the culture and you have a certain platform and you have a certain voice, you have to know what to do with it because you become a leader in your field.”
Montano shared that he was quite enthusiastic to be a part of the star-studded international line-up.
“My philosophy is always to the higher self, so when Lisa and the government came together and said we’re having this concert they called me and said ‘Machel, hey, what you doing?’ and I was free!”
The Soca to the Universe singer opened up during the radio interview and claimed that although he was taking time off for health resons, he viewed the Play it Out Concert as an opportunity to continue his endeavour to be future oriented.
“I was doing a kind of year where I would go out and work but I was spending a lot of time getting rest, focusing on my health because I believe that 2020 is upon us and you have to have a vison; 2020 means vision. What are you going to do for the next 10 years of your life? Where do I want to see myself in the next 10?”
Meanwhile, Antigua & Barbuda’s media [coordinator] for UN Concerts, Shermain Jeremy, has encouraged parents to bring their children to the event. She believes this will help to promote a shift in culture and environmental awareness.
“This is a great opportunity for you to bring your kids. It starts now that they’re young so that this sort of culture lends itself into years after we grow into adults, we’re just changing our lifestyle,” she said.
This trailblazing concert will take place at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds from 4pm today. Admission is free.