PHILIPSBURG– The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has managed to do what no one else has for the past 15 years, namely secure the King of Soca Machel Montano for a concert event on St. Maarten. The foundation announced on Wednesday that Machel will headline the night of May 3, 2019 simply entitled “The Return”. The concert will be held in Carnival Village as part of the 50th Anniversary of Carnival in 2019.
In collaboration with Motorworld, Abu Ghazi and West Indies Landscaping Company (WILCO), SCDF expects the concert to be one of the most memorable shows of Carnival 2019, along with every other international concert on the Carnival schedule. The concert will also feature performances by St. Maarten’s reigning Road March monarch King James and St. Maarten’s reigning Band Clash champions The Big Bad XP Band.
Machel is by far the biggest Soca superstar on the planet and has been at the top of every promoter’s wish list for many years. With Carnival lovers hoping to see his name on the schedule in 2019, the SCDF approached his management in 2018 and started the process to secure the concert for 50 years of Carnival.
“We went into it with no expectations, but we knew we had to try to land the biggest Soca artist in the world for 50 years of Carnival on St. Maarten. You obviously only get to celebrate 50 once, so we were determined to have the biggest Soca star join us for this special event,” President of SCDF Alston Lourens said.
“We had very positive discussions with the result being a spectacular night on Friday, May 3. We are beyond excited and ecstatic that Machel and his management agreed to the concert. We are also very grateful to our corporate partners in this event. Motorworld continues to be an ever dependable partner of Carnival, Abu Ghazi is a major stakeholder in Carnival and has decided to increase that role, and WILCO is a new corporate partner that is joining us this year,” Lourens said.
He explained that tickets for the event will go on sale soon while heavy promotion will begin right away. “There is no doubt what Machel can and will do for Carnival and the type of concert he stages. It will be high energy from start to finish. It will also be his first time in Carnival Village in its present form. It’s exciting and we can’t wait for Carnival 50 to kick off and for “The Return” to happen,” Lourens concluded.