Ok so everybody have their own taste in music , they have the strict christians and other religions that doh support the Carnival business. But what kill me is that she fighting down the Soca for the dancehall. Obviously she can't be against Carnival for religious reasons to like dancehall. Aside from the age old "that is yuh culture", dancehall in terms of its composition is similar to soca in many ways. How you like dancehall and NOT soca?? Trinidad have too much mad ppl yes.
With that said, I hope al you sane ppl are excited as I am about all the soca tunes being released and hotting up the airwaves. Something about soca does just give me the will to live. Especially as I sit in traffic on the Foreshore for 2 hrs everyday. It really does just invigorate you whether you in a party or just doing housework. I does always ask myself how the ass I does walk from St. James to town and back every year and do it normal normal. All them 5K it does have throughout the year.Tell me to walk that now nuh..I go ask yuh if yuh mad and doh like soca or something. But is the music that does carry yuh through, is the music that does give you the energy and the vibe and lift yuh up on a high that you could walk from here to Timbuktu without batting a eyelid. Soca does bring tears to my eyes. Dawg E. Slaughter has a new tune called 'Soca in meh blood' that I really feel captures the essence of how I also feel about soca. In it he says that ppl ask him why he does this thing and he says that its for the love of it, its not a money thing and that is why he sings.Cause of course, soca is in his blood, soca is in his veins.I think it is an excellent follow up from his tune last year 'Carnival I love you' which was also great.
Well here are my top faves right now. These are just my personal favourites ..not really my pick for roadmarch or anything.
- Higher than High- Machel Montano
- Broken- Fireball
- Cold Sweat- Crazy
- One Foot Cock - Crazy (for wonderful lyrical composition)
- Soca in meh blood- Dawg E. Slaughter (moving quickly up my chart)
- Fete after fete- Iwer George
- Lights of Love-Machel and Patrice Roberts (honorable mention as it on the radio now and growing on me)
Trinijunglejuice has sound bytes of some of these songs and most 2007 soca releases if you have yet to hear them. I can't believe its already that many!
As much as I love soca which is probably more because it is my generation's creation, I also love my calypso. I came across this website of the 'Top 100 Calypso's of the 20th Century' and although I appreciate the information and respect all those calypsonians on the list..lemme tell you something "Lorraine" by Explainer is the best calypso of the 20th Century by far.Just cause I say so.Dem ppl vote my song at 37!!! Thats a disrespect, that is the anthem for all foreigners who missing their homeland. Wham to these ppl at all? If you are the living dead or something and doh know this song (and mad) then you can visit www.toronto-lime.com. The song is under Classic Calypsos. You can also hear a lot of other soca/calypsos for free and even download them as ringtones (once yuh spennin yuh money).My top 10..ok 11 of the top 100 calypsos would be more something like this;
- Lorraine- Explainer aka Winston Henry (1982)
- High Mas - David Rudder (David Rudder) 1998
- Congo Man - Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) 1965/1989
- Papa Chunks - Roaring Lion (Raphael De Leon) 1941/1995
- La La - Lord Nelson (Robert Nelson) 1976
- Watch Out My Children - Ras Shorty I (Garfield Blackman) 1989
- Ten to One is Murder - Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) 1960
- Poverty is Hell - Shadow (Winston Bailey) 1994
- If the Priest Could Play - Mighty Cypher (Dillary B Scott) 1967
- Bassman - Mighty Shadow (Winston Bailey) 1974
- Jean and Dinah - Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) 1956
This Carnival soca season is shaping up very nicely. So allyuh feel free to put in yuh two cents. Now that I have over 3000 hits on the site and allyuh maccoing everyday so, it making me feel like I obligated to write something for allyuh to macco.