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Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival: The Wajang Discotheque’s I Belong to the House of Music: King of Soca

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Friday, 6:00 pm EDT September 9, 2022

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

The Official Launch of the Machel Montano Biography

In-person registrants will be admitted on a first-come, first-seated basis. Registration does not guarantee entry. All registrants will receive a link to livestream the event.

With the U.S. launch of the biography of Machel Montano entitled King of Soca, the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival opening night will offer its stage to Elizabeth ‘Lady’ Montano, the book’s author and mother of its namesake. Machel Montano is a legend and a giant of soca music, a genre birthed from Africa and East Indian sonic elements in Trinidad and Tobago. Lady, as she is universally called, will share what she calls the ‘ultimate insider’ information charting how her son became the biggest name in soca music and how that international journey began right here in Brooklyn.

This U.S.-based launch is a full circle moment in a glittering, energy-rich career that has touched every continent and the furthest corners of the globe with its gospel of feel-good rhythms and messages.

Newly launched in Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, to a largely virtual audience, this book’s release is part of the celebration of his remarkable 40-year tenure in the music industry.

In conversation with Lady Montano is Attillah Springer, a modern-day archivist, jouvayist, and scholar of Trinidadian and Afro-Caribbean culture. The conversation is expected to be a multimedia experience fitting for a musician whose life has been a beautiful reel of sound, rhythm, word, color, and movement.



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    Attillah Springer

    Attillah Springer

    Attillah Springer is a Trinidad born essayist, Jouvayist, DJ and flag woman. She has written and curated content for television, print, radio and digital for the past 20 years, focusing on themes of culture and memory.

    She has presented papers and written commissioned work on traditional mas, marronage, African spirituality in England, Brazil, Nigeria and Haiti.

    She is a Director of Idakeda Group, a collective of women in her family creating cultural interventions for social change especially among women and youth in Trinidad and Tobago and is also one of the conveners of Say Something, a Trinidad based media advocacy and coalition group working on issues of gender based discrimination and violence in Trinidad and Tobago as part of a three year EU funded Human Rights project. She has a longstanding interest in social justice movements and has organized and taken part in events around industrialization versus sustainability in Trinidad, England, Iceland and India since 2005, using Carnival and other indigenous festival arts as forms of protest or awareness building.

    She also co-curates the Wajang Diskotheque, an event based collaborative arts project bringing together filmmakers, musicians, visual artists.


    • ‘The Healer’ Chris Ofili, 2010
    • ‘Dance Pretty Fight Deadly’ WomanSpeak A Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women 2014
    • ‘Castle in the Sand’ New Daughters of Africa 2019
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