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Trinidad: Honorary doctorate for soca king Machel MontanoMachel Montano can now add doctorate to his long list of awards.
The soca king, who has been performing for 37 years, received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday.
Montano said he felt great, honoured and humbled to be a recipient of the Honorary degree.
In the presence of his close friend Anthony Chow Lin On, girlfriend Renee Butcher, Manager Che Kothari and mother Elizabeth, who graduated from the University of the West Indies last month with a Masters in Cultural Studies, Montano performed an acoustic version of 'We Not Giving Up' and 'Too Young to Soca'.
Also receiving similar honours from UTT was cultural activist, poet and playwright Pearl Eintou Springer. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts.
In congratulating Montano and Springer, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said from a young age Montano, distinguished himself as one of the leaders of the new school of soca, developing his skills as both a performer and later producer of innumerable Carnival hits both in and out of the Road March race.
“Machel Montano has also carved a space for himself among the Caribbean's most visible cultural exports and it is for this reason that the Ministry is pleased to have him on board as one of the Brand Ambassadors for CARIFESTA 14, which takes place in Trinidad and Tobago in August 2019," he said.
Of Springer, the Minister said the retired National Heritage librarian and former poet laureate of Port-of-Spain is a respected elder of the arts in Trinidad and Tobago who continues to work tirelessly for the retention, through performance, of many of our folk traditions from Kambule to Parang.
"The Ministry was privileged to have her skills as a playwright and Master Storyteller for the 2018 edition of the Mentoring by the Masters Programme. She is a poet and historian with a wealth of knowledge on many aspects of Trinidad and Tobago’s culture; especially our Indian and African heritage. It is an honour well deserved," she said.
The Ministry also extended congratulations to all 2018 UTT Honorees which include Roy Augustus, Alvin Corneal and Leo Martin.
After more than 35 years in the art form, soca king Machel Montano is being awarded an Honorary Doctorate in by the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).
Montano, who will celebrate his 44th birthday on November 24, is among five people who will be receiving auspicious awards for their contribution to society in education, culture, fine arts, science and sports at the UTT’s presentation of graduates next week.
Montano, who began his singing at age seven, has been given several awards locally, regionally and internationally during his career.
The other special awardees are activist Eintou Pearl Springer (Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts), former national footballer and coach Alvin Corneal (Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters), former teacher and politician Roy Augustus (Honorary Distinguished Fellow) and Leo Martin (Honorary Doctor of Science).
Over 1,700 students will be awarded undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, including two Masters of Philosophy and seven Doctors of Philosophy degrees.
The graduation ceremonies are carded for November 14 and 15 at Graduation Pavilion, UTT’s O’Meara Campus, Arima and some 1,700 students will graduate.