Lu City first St Lucians to have a song with the legendary Machel Montano

By Lucian Style Music Group

(PRESS RELEASE) – St Lucian duo Lu City performed their latest release featuring soca king Machel Montano at Machel Monday in Trinidad on February 5th becoming the first St. Lucian duo to not only perform at the event but also the first St. Lucian artists to feature Machel Montano on a track.

As a mainstay of the Trinidad carnival entertainment scene, Machel Monday is the largest live performance show with attendance and overall viewership exceeding 80,000 people. This year’s staging not only featured soca royalty like Iwer George, Patrice Roberts, Shal Marshall, Destra Garcia and Skinny Fabulous, it also headlined international superstar French Montana.

St. Lucia’s Jean Atem and Ryie, now collectively known as Lu City sang their latest release entitled “Let It Go” which features Machel Montano. The soca-inspired release has since received a lot of praise from industry professionals and fans alike with thousands of views on YouTube within the first few days. Machel Montano introduced Lu City to thundering applause remarking that they reminded him of himself – high praise from a soca music legend. Montano recently declared the group co-winners of the inaugural Machel Music Academy – a Caribbean-wide competition against 150 new artists, songwriters and producers.

Machel, speaking about the inaugural Music Academy said; “It was a lot of fun and it is exactly the kind of work I see myself doing in addition to making music and performing. I just want to help young, aspiring artistes achieve the greatness that I’ve been striving to achieve for myself – so that they can become even greater than me. This was all more than a dream for me.”

In preparation for the 2018 staging of the Digicel sponsored Machel Monday, Lu City ran the Trinidadian media gamut speaking about the Machel Music Academy and promoting their track, “Let It Go”. While the artists are not known for partaking in this genre, their skill and artistic prowess has resulted in a track with lively lyrics with a catchy hook laid overtop a groovy-soca beat that is guaranteed to affect the waist-line of even the most die-hard soca fans.

“It was an incredible experience, we are still speechless & grateful for the honour of performing with Machel,” commented Eliot Bailey, the artists manager after the performance. “It means a lot to us to be the first St. Lucians to not only perform at such a massive event but also to be the first St. Lucian artists to feature Machel Montano on a track; it’s mind-blowing!”

Continue to stay tuned to the groups website and facebook page for information on tour dates and new releases.

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6 comments

  1. To me I will choose to be happy for the fellas.. If I do a search I can't find anyone else from Lucia who actually has Machel featuring on their song.. Not taking anything away from other artists as everyone deserves a chance to shine but this article is not about them so why not just give these guys their boos and move on.. This is a good thing and if you take this article personally it feels like jealousy? All Lucian artists keep doing your thing and I hope to see you all grow together!

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  2. Kudos to them. Also, we should recognize the efforts of Sherwin 'Dupes' Brice and Shaquille 'Delete' Wilkinson who took part in the Academy as well.

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  3. Well said TruthSeeker.

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  4. So the fact that Machel Montano worked with Courtney Louis of Stratosphere Muzic from Saint Lucia on "Jumbie" which he won COTT awards as well as Road March for and then again with Penn and Ace of Studio 758 on more than one song and is also featured on the Foxx Productions Pim Pim Riddim with "Showtime" this year is considered what? In addition, Teddyson John has also previously performed at Machel Monday just as Ricky T has performed alongside Machel at a number of venues including the storied Madison Square Garden in New York.

    Just because you "cleverly" write a press release with words like "first St. Lucian artists to feature Machel Montano on a track" and "the first St. Lucian duo" doesn't make the what they did more meaningful than those stated above.

    What the guys did would be no less significant if the truth was told in what I assume is a press release from their camp. Let's recognize the efforts of ALL SAINT LUCIANS, especially so close to our Independence and because it is the right thing to do. By refusing to speak truth, you call into question everything that is said and cheapen what should be a personal and career achievement for the duo.

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