Global Beats are based on the destination and our Gypsy ears are always open to new sounds and new music artists. Being married to a Jamaican and growing up in the Caribbean melting pot of Brooklyn New York, the sounds of Soca music has never been my sound of choice. This is mainly because I could not identify with it culturally. Soca music (also known as the soul of calypso) is a genre of Caribbean music that originated within a marginalized subculture in Trinidad and Tobago in the early 1970s, and developed into a range of styles in the 1980s and later.
After going to Carnival this year in Trinidad and Tobago, we left with Soca on the brain for sure. Rhythmic moving hips, mood altering upbeats and strong base lines with easy to remember chorus’ was the effect that this incredible sound had on the Gypsy. Trinitobogians say that Soca is something that must be felt. Being placed on the island with the people all sharing this feeling my love of Soca was bound to be the result. From Machel Montano trinidad’s number one Soca artist to , Kes and the Band, Bunji, Orlanda Octave,Patricia Roberts, and Ultimate Rejects with this year’s top tune for the Road March. These artists are definitely making the gypsy playlist for 2017.
Evolving over the last 20 years primarily through musicians from various Anglophone Caribbean countries Soca music truly is a Global Sound. Known all over the Caribbean from Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, United States Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, Dominica, Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Belize, and Montserrat, Venezuela, Canada, Panama, Guatemala, United States, United Kingdom and Japan. So even though it originated in Trinidad and Tobago it strong sound has made a global impact on music throughout the world.