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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sheila Rampersad on "Machel's Meltdown"

From the Sunday Express, July 15th, 2007:
It happens so often to entertainers, it now reads like a basic plot: fame, fortune and the fast life; careers ascending; entertainers riding the crest of popularity; then the descending action.

The incidents that precipitate the descent vary...

...as happened with so many before him, Machel seems to be liking himself quite a bit, perhaps too much. If there is an identifiable point at which the tide started to rise against him, it would have to be following the incident at the Zen nightclub. It was interesting to me that so many people had unpleasant encounters with him to recount. Following the incident the radio stations were busy engaging callers who wanted to tell their stories of an unfriendly, arrogant, unaccommodating, humourless Machel...

Indications are, unfortunately, that Machel is starting his descending action. I do not say this to forecast or wish his musical demise-indeed it would be tragic should a time come when Carnival is without Machel's magic-but to point to the possibility that the not-so-young man is in need of some grounding, some counsel, some time out to consider the personality he wishes to be in the next stage of his life and career....

...There is yet opportunity for a twist in this plot. Trinidad's child-star does not have to follow the clich├ęd script. I daresay he's bright enough, creative enough, self-aware enough to script for himself an alternative 2007.

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