International Soca superstar Machel Montano partners with VIBE Magazine for the premiere of his brand new irresistible summer jam “I Forget.” With performances by Montano and Nikita Brown and production by LAZAbeam, “I Forget” captures the exuberance of Trindad and Tobago’s world famous Carnival. The new single is exclusively featured in the forthcoming Bollywood musical Bazodee releasing nationwide August 5th where the King of Soca will be making his much-anticipated film debut and infusing his infectious Caribbean flavor.
Machel Montano explains, “I Forget is a song meant to challenge the taboo of love across races, classes and cultures, which is an issue not only in Trinidad & Tobago, but across the globe. Trinidad & Tobago is a mix of so many different cultures, Africans, Indians, Asians, Caucasians, and also the indigenous people here, like Caribs and Arawaks. The fact that all of these diverse cultures have coexisted in harmony has always been our triumph over time. The amazingly unique way that we have learned to live side by side and embrace each other and our different traditions.”
Montano continues, “Soca music is the soundtrack of our biggest festival, Carnival, which is celebrated across the world, and is about people being free together. Soca music represents, ultimately, that unity, the joy of freedom and expression through music & dance. When all of these cultures and classes come together, I joyfully sing, “I FORGET, different races, when I see your face is, love and happiness and everything I’ll ever need!”
Bazodee brings its captivating new mix of Bollywood and Caribbean island vibes to New York on Wednesday July 27th for its red carpet movie premiere followed by a special live show at the Playstation Theatre. Attendees will be treated to electrifying performances by Montano, Angela Hunte, Lyrikal, Skinny Fabulous and music by Sounds 4 Life, Milo Myles and more. Limited tickets are available here.
Moreover, Montano has been tapped by Drake and his label OVO Sound to headline the Saturday show of their 7th annual OVO Fest on July 30th. Artists joining Montano on this year’s star-studded lineup include Drake, Future, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates, Jhené Aiko, Casey Veggies, DJ Drama, Beenie Man and other special guests. The Toronto festival has included past performances from such talent as Jay Z, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, and comedian Kevin Hart. Tickets for this year’s festival are available here.
BAZODEE – a distinctively Trinidadian term for a state of confusion or dizziness induced by love – captures all the passion, color, and excitement of Carnival, inspired by Bollywood’s kaleidoscopic choreography and fueled by the revolutionary fusion of calypso’s African rhythms and the Indo-Trinidadian dholak drumming known as soca music. The film marks the eagerly anticipated film debut of international superstar Machel Montano, known worldwide as the undisputed King of Soca, and also stars Kabir Bedi, Natalie Perrera and Staz Nair (Game of Thrones).
“BAZODEE – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK” is as vibrant as the film itself, showcasing new and previously released material from Montano and an array of like-minded artists. The film includes a brand new single from Montano, “I Forget,” 2015’s breakthrough hit “One Wine,” performed by Montano & Sean Paul Feat. Major Lazer, “Party Done” by Montano and GRAMMY® Award winning singer/songwriter Angela Hunte (“Empire State of Mind”), “IVIVI” by YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (Superwoman) and “Waiting on the Stage” Feat. Badjohn Republic to name a few. Complete details – including tracklisting and release date – will be announced soon.