Soca star Machel Montano has come to the rescue of an unsponsored steelband which had been struggling to prepare for the Panorama competition.
After reading the Sunday Guardian’s article Diamonds in the rough highlighting the plight of George Street-based Blue Diamonds Steel Orchestra, Montano decided to help.
Yesterday Machel’s mother, Elizabeth “Lady” Montano, met with the band’s captain Wayne St Clair Babb and secretary Judith Chambers to determine exactly how the Machel Montano Foundation for Greatness will assist.
Blue Diamonds will be immediately gifted with four new steel pans, including two tenor and two seconds, a new trap set, jerseys, and a banner. Other aspects of sponsorship will also be worked out.