Trinidad and Tobago Group Dedicates Commonwealth Week Performance To Zimbabwe

The group sang several fast paced beats making intervals in between to put in a word of remembrance for Zimbabwe.

The group HD Crew led by Michael Montano was in the UK as part of the Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s entourage to the commonwealth celebrations held throughout the whole of last week.

The Carribean Soca Monarch and Road March winner Machel Montano told Radio VOP that he chose to sing about Zimbabwe because he “felt like the was a member of the family who is not in the house.”

“From what I have been reading about Commonwealth Zimbabwe feels like a special country, somebody approached me to dedicate my songs to Zimbabwe and that’s what I am doing,” said Montano.

Zimbabwe was first suspended from the Commonwealth group of nations in 2002 by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) after the heavily disputed 2002 presidential election. President Robert Mugabe went on to pull out the country from the grouping saying it was nothing more than just a ”tea party.”

However in the preceding year, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) held in Nigeria led to the expulsion of the country from Commonwealth.

“I would like to visit and do a performance in Zimbabwe sometime in the near future, I would like to help get the country back into the Commonwealth and preach peace,” said the energetic Montano just after belting out Bob Marley’s song “Zimbabwe”.

He chose the occasion of the Commonwealth Local Government Authority conference held in Cardiff, Wales to sing about Zimbabwe.

The conference was attended by representatives from several local authorities in Zimbabwe ad members of the civic society.

Montano represented Trinidad and Tobago on the week-long Commonwealth festivities as a cultural, business and tourism ambassador.