TEN DANCEHALL AND SOCA ARTISTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED, PART TWO
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For us, Denise Belfon was the original EVERYTHING. The original winer gyal, the original bad gyal, and all the original titles in between. Holding true to traditional elements of soca Denise Belfon can out-wine anybody and everybody. Don’t believe us? Google Bicycle Wine then come back to us. Click this link for one of our favorites from Denise, Saucy Baby.
7. LADY SAW
This list would be fraudulent as all hell if it didn’t include the Queen of the Dancehall, Lady Saw. She’s probably one of, if not the only, artist on this list to have won a Grammy (for her duet with No Doubt, Underneath It All, in 2004). Though she’s given up the title for her government name and a new life with God, we cannot deny the lessons and gems she’s given us in her music. Just like Destra’s melodic teachings, never let a man run you around and have you look like a fool. Lady Saw has taught a whole generation of young women to walk with confidence and not allow anyone to talk down to you or about you. What other female deejay else you know was singing about the dangers of unprotected sex in the 90s when slackness was at its peak? We rest our case.
8. ALISON HINDS
Alison Hinds is of Bajan descent, and took the Caribbean territories by storm as part of the band, Square One. We would have added Faluma on this list, but tumblr has a limit on video posts–hence part two. Known as the Queen of Soca, Alison had her first crossover hit with Roll It Gal which is yet another example of soca and dancehall music praising women for both their physical and mental. “Go to school girl, and get your degree…if you know you smart and yuh sexy, never let dem abuse yuh body.”
9. FAY ANN LYONS
The child of soca legends, Superblue and Lady Gypsy, Fay Ann Lyons has been around the art form her entire life. Around Carnival season, Trinidad has a performance competition called Road March of which she’s won three times. She’s also won the International Soca Monarch in 2009 as the first female to win the Power category, and the first (male or female) to win the Power, Groovy and People’s Choice awards on Fantastic Friday (aka Carnival Friday) during the finals of the competition. She also went on to win the Carnival Road March that year, becoming the first soca artist to win that soca ‘triplet’ of titles–all while pregnant. Talk nah.
A woman who needs no introduction. Queen of the Pack, Patra, had her album reach #1 on the Reggae albums Billboard chart and conquered the genre with her braids, attitude, and easily has a hand in helping influence almost all the women on this list…and she got cozy with Tupac in the Romantic Call video. What’s better than that?