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Soca star Machel Montano wants to see an investment being made in music and culture in T&T by way of a school; especially in a time where, he said, oil is no longer the most viable investment.

The investment, he said, should be made in a positive way. He was speaking during an interview with Slam 100.5FM and CNC3 on Thursday.

He suggested that a music school should be constructed to provide the opportunities locally. He envisaged it should look like Queen's Royal College (QRC) in Port-of-Spain.

"A royal place where you can teach pan, teach Tassa, you could teach Kaiso, ex-tempo, where you could also teach classical piano...you know help the artists to become great."

Montano said over the years he has been experimenting all the different facets within soca by doing collaborations with other artists such as Calypso Rose and Ashanti to appeal to a wider base to "get a more critical mass".

This, he said, is important, as currently there is the need for a "more critical mass effort of soca music going out to the universe."

As part of this drive for spreading positivity to the universe, his new contender for Road March this year, "Release", is expected to be released next week and is intended to combat the levels of negativity currently being experienced in society.

"Let's try to put more consciousness into the atmosphere. I was given the gift of music and soca music and I want to take soca music to the universe. I want to release the negative things and I want to release positive things into the atmosphere.

"These messages mean something to me now," he said.

The Facebook live-streamed interview can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/slam100.5/videos/602880796822768/

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