After Carnival's sequined costumes have been discarded and the body glitter has been scrubbed off, Ash Wednesday restores a sense of calm to the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Most Trinis recuperate from the week-long celebration by washing away their sins in Maracas Bay or receiving religious recompense at a Lenten mass. But not Machel Montano. For the crown prince of soca, the party never ends. The past two decades have been one long blur of grinding bodies, alcohol-fueled fetes, and high-energy performances. While his countrymen take time to cleanse their souls and catch their breath, Montano is already en route to... More >>>