As comes to a close, the time has come to reflect on some of the great things that the year has given us. This was a runaway hit from the minute it dropped, becoming a staple track played at every fete and simultaneously launching Nailah Blackman's soca career. We hadn't seen lyricist Orlando Octave on the soca scene for a while so we weren't disappointed at all when he dropped 'Single'. The track generated a few answer backs from his female counterparts, including one from Queen of Soca, Alison Hinds.
5) Band of de Year – Patrice Roberts ft. Machel Montano
Soca music is quintessentially Trinidadian — an eclectic, syncretic genre, with deep roots in the calypso it evolved from. With flavours of funk, soul, African, Latin, Indian, and more recently, electronic dance music, soca can be both bacchanalian and conscious, sometimes at the same time. Trinidad-born writer and musician Anthony Joseph presents twelve records from the golden age of soca. The architects of the soca sound were the musicians and calypsonians who fused the topicality and rhythm of the calypso with the potent funk and soul vibrations of the early s. It was a transatlantic movement, musicians were travelling between the Trinidadian diaspora in NYC and Port of Spain, recording and performing in each city. Then there was that sweet time between and , when DJ Champ would set up his one turntable in the corner of the living room and pump hard soca in the house parties my folks held. This was a golden age of innovation and heavy sound in soca music, before the drum machine replaced the drummer, and the synth replaced the horn section. Here are 12 bonafide classics of that era. Lord Nelson was born in , and is still performing today in his 90s. The album captures the cosmopolitan sound of New York soca.
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The debate remains on whether efforts should be made to resurrect the sub-genre, or just go with the flow as some may see it as a natural evolution of Soca music. These include the ever-popular Power Soca and Groovy Soca. Power had long dominated as the most popular of the sub-genres with its fast-paced style being the preferred music of feters, but in recent years the quality and quantity of Power songs have decreased leaving room for Groovy to take the crown. In the pursuit of clarity, and hopes to resurrect the genre, the Rate iTT team took on one of our toughest tasks yet by attempting out to find out the Top 5 Power songs of all time. Y Band of de Year. In the second year of the Soca Monarch, Super Blue was beginning to stamp his dominance on the competition.
As I promised — or should that be threatened? The previous one was my ten personal favourite reggae singers — with the emphasis on personal. But before I get into the list, a sad task: a farewell salute to a musician who made a major contribution to soca and calypso, as well as to reggae. But the Caribbean owed much more than a musical debt to Kittitian Ras Tamboura Kitwana, who died recently. He was a grassroots educator, a noted historian, and a highly respected Rastafarian elder who championed the movement in the days — not so long ago — when its followers were often treated with suspicion and scorn by mainstream Caribbean society. He was also a true gentleman, in every sense of the word.