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TEN DANCEHALL AND SOCA ARTISTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED, PART ONE

Bad gal Rihanna’s new video for Work was everything that we needed, especially part one, which took us back to the dancehall videos of the early 2000s (which were mostly directed by Toronto based filmmaker, Director X, who directed part one).  In light of Rihanna’s celebration of Caribbean culture, we want to introduce–and remind you of some classic and current dancehall and soca artists you can add to your playlists.

1. SPICE

Spice is probably one of our first introductions to feminism, when we think about it.  When we first saw her video for Fight Ova Man almost a decade ago we would have never imagined for her to reach such international success.  Being, “born inna Chanel and christen inna Gucci,” you may recognize her voice from her crossover hit with Vybz Kartel, Romping Shop which used Ne-Yo’s Miss Independent instrumental.  Never one to shy from telling a woman when and where she’ll take their man, Spice’s use of  unorthodox dancehall riddims keep her fresh and a favorite of ours.

2. DESTRA GARCIA

The self professed Queen of Bacchanal, like clockwork Destra comes out with new, infectious soca every Carnival season.  If you’ve ever been to Trinidad for Carnival, or New York for the West Indian Day Parade, Toronto for Caribana, you get the rest, you’ve no doubt heard her song, It’s Carnival. Initially getting her start with Roy Cape All Stars (ask your aunties who they are if you all are Caribbean), Destra’s music has always been about enjoying the vibe, owning your sexuality, and never allowing a man to dim your shine.

3. NADIA BATSON

As the band leader of Trinidadian collective SASS! and a powerhouse vocalist, Nadia Batson was a songwriter and background singer before making her debut with 2007′s Caribbean Girl.  SASS is Trinidad and Tobago’s only established all female soca band, which can be a nod to Beyoncé’s live band, The Sugar Mamas.  Nadia’s Instagram profile also notes her weight loss journey, just in case you needed motivation to get your body right (by your own standards!).

4. J CAPRI

A young woman gone entirely too soon, J Capri’s time spent in dancehall provided us with catchy hooks and visuals like this for Reverse It.  We only wish she were still here to give us more music, but we’ll bounce and jiggle to what she’s left us with.  Rest well, angel.

5. TIFA

Citing Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin as early influences, Tifa has made waves in the global dancehall community as being the first female dancehall artist to perform in the Czech Republic (!!!).  Having also worked with other artists like Timberlee and Natalie Storm, Tifa’s work ethic is just as strong as her punchy lyrics.

SEE PART TWO HERE

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BEST OF 2014 TRINIDAD SOCA - 180 Big Tunes

0:05 Bunji Garlin — Carnival Tabanca (Shot Master J Roadmix)
1:53 Bunji Garlin — Truck On D Road
3:20 Machel Montano — HMA (Happiest Man Alive)
4:45 Kerwin Du Bois — Too Real
6:10 Shurwayne Winchester — Carnivalian
7:10 Bunji Garlin — Soca Run Town
8:30 Destra — Just a Little Bit
9:42 Erphaan Alves — Ram and Full
10:53 Farmer Nappy — Big People Party
12:17 Erphaan Alves — Bumper Bounce — Addictive Riddim
12:53 Patrice Roberts — Pull Me Over — Addictive Riddim
13:40 Machel Montano — Bruck It — Addictive Riddim
14:46 Machel Montano — EPIC
16:23 Machel Montano — Haunted
18:16 GBM Nutron & Shal Marshall — Addicted
19:06 Erphaan Alves & Blaxx  — Contagious (We Drinkin)
20:11 Kerwin Du Bois & Lyrical — Lockdown
21:27 Benjai — Come Out to Play — Vintage Riddim
22:49 Kerwin Du Bois — Galavanting
24:09 Patrice Roberts — Somebody — Festive Riddim
25:12 Ronnie Homer — Bouncing Up
25:53 Machel Montano — Ministry of Road (M.O.R.)
27:23 Patrice Roberts — Turn It Up Loud
28:45 Destra — Mash Up — Emergency Riddim
30:23 KES The Band — Ram Jam
31:20 Shurwayne Winchester — Raise It Up
33:03 Machel Montano & Major Lazer — Sound Bang
33:58 Patrice Roberts — Di Most — Buggy Riddim
35:09 Fay Ann Lyons — Done D Party — Oil Stain Riddim
36:30 Noey — Thick Gyal Army
37:32 Giselle D Wassi One — Wassi
38:19 Farmer Nappy Ft Imani — Addiction
39:07 Patrice Roberts — Pong It
39:54 Kerwin Du Bois & Lil Rick — Monster Wine Remix
41:03 Machel Montano — Shameless
42:11 Timaya ft Machel Montano — Shake Up Your Bum Bum(remix)
43:11 Farmer Nappy — All Ah Dat
44:10 Kerwin Du Bois — Spoil Myself — Titans Riddim
45:20 Machel Montano — She Coming — Titans Riddim
46:01 KES The Band — True Masquerader — Titans Riddim
46:54 Destra — State Of Mind — Titans Riddim
47:48 Blaxx — Carnival Virgins
48:53 Patrice Roberts — Bomb Drop
50:12 Nia — No Body
51:06 Denise Belfon — Challenge
51:55 Ravi B — Gyal Wukkin
52:29 MR Famous — Play More Local
53:22 KES The Band — Never See Come See — Chuku Chuku Riddim
54:06 Denise Belfon — Chuku Chuku — Chuku Chuku Riddim
54:45 Farmer Nappy — Family — Sando Riddim
55:36 Isaac Blackman — Soca (Soul of Calypso) — Sando Riddim
56:22 Preedy — Wining Champion — Sando Riddim
57:10 GBM Nutron & Jaiga — Gyal Season — Sando Riddim
57:48 Machel Montano — Drop It Down — Sando Riddim
58:36 Patrice Roberts — Doh Rough Meh — Sando Riddim
59:09 Destra — First Time
1:00:19 Farmer Nappy — Down Low
1:01:13 Super Jigga TC — I Feel — Early Bird Riddim
1:01:44 Destra — Aye You! — Early Bird Riddim
1:02:48 Benjai — Give It All To Meh
1:03:27 Bunji Garlin — All O’ Dem — Soca Hero Riddim
1:04:30 Shurwayne Winchester — All Inclusive Jam — Soca Hero Riddim
1:05:34 Bunji Garlin — Red Light District
1:06:43 Kerwin Du Bois — Doh Beg
1:07:25 Kerwin Du Bois — Forget About It
1:08:16 5 Star Akil — To Meh Heart
1:09:58 Kerwin Du Bois — Press A Button — Coconut Shell Riddim
1:10:41 Fya Empress — Cool Scene — Coconut Shell Riddim
1:10:58 Shurwayne Winchester — My Team — Coconut Shell Riddim
1:11:48 Kerwin Dubois — Fight D Feeling — Old Thing Riddim
1:12:58 Blaxx — Ten To One — Old Thing Riddim
1:14:01 Rayzor & Leonce — Bess Fete
1:15:16 Cali — Push It Back
1:15:58 Lyrikal — Conquer Meh
1:16:55 KES The Band — Play De Music
1:18:04 5 Staz — Handle It
1:18:53 Jamesy P — Hit n Run
1:19:45 Juby & Chingee — Soca Fighter
1:20:12 Ravi B — Break Away
1:20:58 Bunji Garlin — Find Me In Trinidad
1:22:11 Benjai — Lick It In
1:23:39 GBM, Shal Marshal, Nutron & Reina — Come Over
1:24:45 Jungle Ft. Diamond — All Night
1:26:15 Fay Ann Lyons — Gimme That
1:26:58 Super Blue — Champion Daddy
1:27:59 MR Renzo — Take Control
1:29:16 Shurwayne Winchester ft Farmer Nappy — We Doh Sleep
1:30:09 Swappi 4D  — 4D Carnival
1:32:03 Avinash Maharaj — End Of The Day
1:32:47 Fay Ann Lyons — Whine Nah Boy — El Dorado Riddim
1:33:20 Swappi 4D — Don’t Let Go — El Dorado Riddim
1:33:55 Nutron — Bubblin
1:34:46 Orlando Octave — Keep Ya Body Movin
1:35:46 Destra — Road Call
1:36:36 Shal Marshal — Drink Something
1:37:23 Shyann Bailey — Feeling Good — Red Rum Riddim
1:38:17 Patrice Roberts — Carnival Spirit — Red Rum Riddim
1:39:13 KES The Band — Feel It
1:40:00 KES The Band — Siddung
1:41:04 Benjai Come Nah — Come Nah Riddim
1:41:57 Chucky — Take Your Time
1:42:50 Destra — Give It All To Me
1:43:35 KI — Professor Feter — Bad Influence Riddim
1:44:30 Lyrical — Part Ah Yuh Nature — Bad Influence Riddim
1:44:53 Nadia Batson — Bad Influence — Bad Influence Riddim
1:46:04 KI & 3Veni — Ranaway (Soca Chutney)
1:46:49 Nadia Batson & Lyrikal — Loose
1:47:35 Patrice Roberts — Make Me Out
1:48:41 Shal Marshal — Feel 2 Wuk
1:50:03 Cassi — Man In Yuh House
1:51:10 Drupatee — Dulahin
1:52:08 Darnella — Can’t Get Enough
1:52:51 5 Star Akil ft Nadia Batson — Never Done
1:54:08 Nutron — Just 1 Wine
1:54:41 Nadia Batson — Prisoner
1:55:30 Patrice Roberts — Hold On Tight (Madahouse Remix)
1:56:23 Dil E Nadan Ft Blaxx & Dr Seales — Carnival Nice
1:57:29 K Rich — Go Down
1:58:19 Kahblis — Don’t Disturb Mi
1:59:12 KES The Band — Country Gyal
2:00:03 MR Smooth — Ah Like Dat
2:01:19 Bunji Garlin — Gi Dem Dey — The Stag Riddim Part 2
2:02:24 Jaiga ft Shal Marshall — Juice — The Stag Riddim Part 2
2:03:24 Lyrical — Party Nuh Dun — The Stag Riddim Part 2
2:04:00 Olatunji — Wa Yuh Drinkin —The Stag Riddim Part 2
2:04:45 Swappi 4D — Tek Wine — The Stag Riddim Part 2
2:05:34 Christian Kalpee — Doh Wanna Go
2:06:24 Fay Ann Lyons — Catch Me
2:07:21 K Rich — Las Lap
2:08:21 KES The Band — Bad Habbit
2:09:37 Machel Montano — HMA Remix
2:10:28 Makamillion — Wuk — Soca Antidote Riddim
2:11:22 Pamputtae — Shake Um Bumper — Soca Antidote Riddim
2:11:55 Yankey Boy & Dev Gimie — Liquor — Soca Antidote Riddim
2:12:42 MR Renzo — Anywhere
2:13:24 Nadia Batson — The Anthem
2:14:28 Destra — Trailer Load — wildness Riddim
2:15:30 Jaiga — Hard Wuk — wildness Riddim
2:16:10 Lyrical — Soca Beast — wildness Riddim
2:16:47 Shal Marshal — Wining Partner — wildness Riddim
2:18:00 Bunji Garlin & Major Laser — It’s a Carnival
2:18:58 Syo — In the Air
2:19:44 Asten Isaac — Lean — Optimus Riddim
2:20:39 Benjai — Dance — Optimus Riddim
2:21:31 Collis Duranty — Pave The Road With Love — Optimus Riddim
2:22:07 Sexy Trisha — Duh Stop Meh — Optimus Riddim
2:22:54 Blaxx & Macka Diamond — Mash Up D Road — Stupse Riddim
2:23:44 Terri Lyons — What Will You Do — Stupse Riddim
2:24:15 Blaxx & Skinny Fabulous — Extra Bad Pon De Road
2:25:01 Jaiga — Keisha
2:25:42 Nadia Batson — Agressive
2:26:18 Swappi 4D — Last Forever
2:27:50 Blaxx — Fettin Away
2:28:53 KI & 3Ven —i No Conduct
2:29:21 KI & 3Veni  —Carnival Symptoms
2:30:15 Denise Belfon & K Rich — Jammin With You (King & Queen)
2:31:11 Lil Bitts — Roll It
2:31:37 MX Prime & Kerwin Du Bois — Welcome To Carnival
2:32:50 Denise Belfon & Prophet Benjamin — Ah Comin
2:33:38 Blaxx — Hooray — Carnival Riddim
2:34:38 JW & Blaxe — Somebody — Carnival Riddim
2:35:36 KES The Band — Spirit — Carnival Riddim
2:36:27 Nikita Browne — Solo — Carnival Riddim
2:37:25 Olatunji — What We Know — Carnival Riddim
2:38:32 Super Blue — Spankin
2:39:50 Olatunji — Fete Ram (Chutney soca)
2:41:20 Daddy Chinee & Gayatones ft Fya Empress — Tassa Jam
2:41:57 Lyrikal — Bumper Dystruction — Lava Lamp Riddim
2:42:50 Cassi — Hearing Ah Talk
2:44:02 Shal Marshal — Touch D Road
2:45:00 Fya Empress — Doh Linger — Faze Juan Riddim
2:45:55 Nadia Batson — Rated R
2:46:40 K Rich — Masquerade
2:47:52 Ronnie Mcintosh — We Bringing It
2:49:00 Olatunji — Mad Up In This — Jab Jab Riddim
2:49:58 Iwer George — Jab Jab — Jab Jab Riddim
2:50:43 Destra — Dutty D Road
2:51:45 JW & Blaxe — Going
2:52:35 Ms Alysha — On The Truck
2:53:45 Swappi 4D — Run To D Front

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELANIE (february 21st, 1983)

Soca has played a significant role in me embracing what it meant to be a woman, a Black woman. Like legit, there was nothing greater than growing up and listening to the lyrics and watching the dance moves of the women artists of soca. Destra, Denise, Fay Ann, Patrice, and my favorite of all time Alison Hinds! Alison was always my favorite. Leader of the band. Beautiful locs. Beautiful body. Lovely voice. Demanding voice. Commending voice. Killer dance moves. Love and appreciation for all types of music (introducing Faluma to the rest of the Caribbean and Western Hemisphere really). Songs with messages of love and respect and honor for the complexities of womanhood. Alison said “yes, she can wuk up and wine her waist and go to school and get her degree and set her own pace.” A mashup of her lyrics but it’s all there in her repertoire.

Soca for sure has helped me learn how to be free. When the music comes on, I dance how I want with whom I want and on my time. I am mindful of the sweetness of the music and the celebration being had internally and externally with friends and strangers.

Love it! No genre of music quite like it.

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Made my pores raise Friday!