I'm from the Caribbean and Soca Music is the music of the Caribbean alongside other genres like Reggae and Dancehall music. It hurts to know that so many people around the world are not aware of this beautiful genre so I thought I'd share.
"Soca music (a fusion of the genres of soul and calypso) is a genre of Caribbean music that originated within a marginalized subculture in Trinidad and Tobago in the late 1970s, and developed into a range of styles in the 1980s and later. Soca developed as an offshoot of kaiso/calypso, with influences from cadence, funk and soul.
Soca has evolved in the last 20 years primarily through musicians from various Anglophone Caribbean countries including Trinidad, Guyana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, United States Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Belize andMontserrat. There have also been significant productions from artistes in Canada, Panama, Guatemala, United States, United Kingdom and Japan."
Here are a few hits that you may or may not know from years past:
Sugar Daddy “Sweet Soca Music” (2003):
Fireball and Bob Sinclair “What I Want” (2007)
Bunji Garlin “Carnival Tabanca” (2013)
Nigel & Marvin Lewis “Follow The Leader” (1997)
Alison Hinds “Roll It Gal” (2006)
Rupee “Tempted To Touch” (2004)
Bunji Garlin “Differentology” (2013)
Kevin Lyttle “Turn Me On” (2001, 2003)
The Baha Men “Who Let the Dogs Out” (2000)
Arrow/Buster Poindexter “Hot Hot Hot” (1982/1987)
My Personal favs from Trinidad Carnival 2016:
Machel Montano - Waiting on the stage
Machel Montano - Human
Angela Hunte - Mon Bon Ami
Kes ft Chris Hierro - Body Talk
Hope you enjoy and I will keep posting recommendations and info on Soca music.