Institute of Caribbean Studies is located in Washington, District of Columbia. The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to highlighting the contributions of Caribbean Americans and advocating on issues affecting Caribbean Americans.
This year for their 23rd annual gala the Institute of Caribbean Studies will be Honoring the soca super star Machel Montano. Montano a native of Trinidad and Tobago currently based on the West coast has worked tirelessly for over thirty years to make Soca music global. He’s been a consistent figure in the Caribbean music community since the age of 8 when he captured the hearts of Caribbean Nationals with his debut song “Too Young to Soca”. Over the years he’s traveled the world as an ambassador of Soca Music, never failing to make his musical presence known. He’s won the coveted title of International Soca Monarch in Trinidad five consecutive times from 2011 -2015, tying for first place in 2013 with soca veteran Superblue. Montano has also received the Bob Marley Awarded Entertainer of the Year, Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer, the Most Outstanding Stage Personality at the International Reggae and World Music Awards, BET Best Caribbean Artist of the Year and in 2014 Beat International Performance at the Soul Train Awards. In 2016 Montano starred in the movie Bazodee which has been in theaters around the world. This summer in the company of Trinidadian Jazz Trumpeter Etienne Charles, R&B singer Ryan Leslie and Haitian singer Emeline Michel Machel Montano was a feature speaker at a conference on the impact of Caribbean Culture on American Society at the White House, meeting President Obama and performing for him.
Music is a language of the Caribbean and Machel Montano has been spreading the word about the power of music, and more importantly soca music as a demonstration of the power of Caribbean culture,” said Dr. Nelson, Founder and President of ICS. “He is receiving our Luminary Award for his tireless efforts to shine the global light on Caribbean culture and music.” The Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) began in 1994 as the annual signature fundraising event for the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS). The CARAH Gala honors those who have made outstanding contributions to US society, promoted Caribbean culture and interests in the US, as well as to Friends of the Caribbean. The proceeds support the various projects and programs organized by ICS to bring together the diverse Caribbean community of more than 5 million.