2/2/06 06:35 pm - de_flamingo
2/2/06 06:35 pm - de_flamingo
1/27/06 11:30 am - islandgyal - Soca
What is Soca?
Soca is a modern form of calypso with an up-tempo beat. There is a popular misconception that soca is a fusion of American soul music and traditional calypso. Hence the name "so-ca," soul/calypso. Though this sounds plausible, it is simply not true. Soca music originated as a fusion of calypso with Indian rhythms, thus combining the musical traditions to the two major ethnic groups of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Father of Soca
Born October 6, 1941 in Lengua, Trinidad, Garfield Blackman would become the creator of soca. Blackman began singing calypso at the tender age of seven. Performing under the name Lord Shorty, he rose to fame in 1963 with his recording of Clock and Dagger. The name Lord Shorty is a paradoxical reference to his imposing height of 6-ft 4-in.
Talk that calypso was dying, and reggae was the new thing, prompted Lord Shorty to experiment with the calypso rhythm for nearly a decade. He combined Indian rhythm instruments (particularly the dholak, tabla and dhantal) with traditional calypso music. The result was a new energetic musical hybrid called soca. In 1973, Lord Shorty introduced soca to the world with his hit song Ïndrani. The release of his 1974 album Endless Vibrations prompted dozens of musicians to adopt the new soca style.
Lord Shoty initially referred to his musical hybrid as "solka", representing the true "soul of calypso." The "Indianization" of calypso brought together the musical traditions of Trinidad and Tobago's two major ethnic groups, the descendants of African slaves and of indentured laborers from India. The name was later changed to "soca" by a music journalist.
1/17/06 05:22 pm - islandgyal - Alluring Antigua & Luscious St. Lucia
12/21/05 05:39 pm - __viibe
Just joined and decided to throw in my 2 cents..
An amazing website run from my hometown TORONTO:
Mostly music (soca, reggea, chutney, parang etc) but theres links to tons of other sites. Its a great site, everyone should check it out.
12/18/05 11:55 am - islandgyal - PASSA PASSA WEDNESDAYS
It all started at the beginning of Summer 2003. Passa Passa Wednesdays soon became the place to be and be seen. Hot Mondays and Rae Town Sunday Night were the only other weekly street side events that had come close to this one. Passa passa is held on Spanish Town Road in Kingston and for whatever the reason is, everybody is there on a weekly basis. The ladies are always looking spiffy from being fully clothed down to see through garments. Passa Passa is also the school room for new dance moves. Everybody gets their segment, the ladies, the dancers and even the spectators. I've watched many a passa passa dvd and its funny, crazy, & shameless. What do you think about passa passa?
12/17/05 11:45 am - islandgyal - Favorite Song
What are your top five favorite Caribbean songs?
1. Baron - Somebody
2. Elephant Man - Dolly
3. Speedy - Hold your bam bam
4. Burning Flames - Workey
5. Roll up de tassa (my chutney fav) I don' know who sing it though
but not necessarily in this order