The Meaning Behind The Song: Mr. Fete by Machel Montano
As a music teacher and lover of Caribbean music, I have always been fascinated by the different cultures and rhythms that make up this vibrant genre. One song that has always stood out to me is “Mr. Fete” by Machel Montano. I first heard this song on a rainy day, a time when I needed a pick-me-up, and I remember stumbling upon it while browsing through a playlist at a friend’s house.
“Mr. Fete” is one of the most popular songs of the 2013 Carnival season, and it quickly became a crowd favorite. Machel Montano, known as the King of Soca, proclaims himself as the party animal he is – Mr. Fete. The song is an invitation to let loose, have fun, and embrace the energy of a fete, which is a Caribbean term for a celebration or a party.
The lyrics of the song emphasize the carefree and unapologetic nature of fete-goers. Montano sings, “Don’t care if I whine on you, I wan’ you start whinin’ back. When the music start to flow, make sure your waistline in tack now.” Whining is a popular dance style in the Caribbean, characterized by rhythmic hip movements. The lyrics encourage the listener to let go of inhibitions and join in the festivities, becoming an active participant in the celebration.
The verses of the song describe the joy and excitement of attending a fete. Montano sings, “We havin’ a time this year, every lime we there. Come rain or shine, we up in that now. Look real woman everywhere, it’s a love affair. Man and woman does whine and end up on the ground.” These lines paint a vivid picture of the atmosphere at a fete, where people come together to dance, connect, and revel in the music.
The chorus is a call and response, urging the listener to respond to the music and start whinin’ back. It is an invitation to embrace the infectious energy of the song and let it take over your body. The pre-chorus emphasizes the relentless nature of fete-goers, always ready for the next celebration. Montano sings, “Fetin’ is we name, we don’t play, we goin’ night and day. No fete can tire we, we comin’ again every day. We full a energy, it’s fete they callin’ we, like that is we name.”
As a music teacher, I have witnessed the impact that this song has on my students. Whenever I introduce them to Caribbean music, “Mr. Fete” never fails to get them dancing and smiling. It is a testament to the power of music to transcend cultural boundaries and unite people through rhythm and joy.
In conclusion, “Mr. Fete” by Machel Montano is more than just a catchy party anthem. It is a celebration of Caribbean culture and the spirit of fete. The song invites listeners to let go of their inhibitions, embrace the music, and join in the festivities. Whether you are attending a fete or listening to the song from the comfort of your own home, it is impossible to resist the infectious energy that radiates from “Mr. Fete”. So, the next time you hear this song playing, don’t be afraid to let loose, start whinin’ back, and become your very own Mr. or Mrs. Fete.