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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Xcalibar & The Almighty Jugglers Sound system - Soca Fever

Soca001Soca is a dance music which originated in Trinidad from calypso. It combines the melodic lilting sound of calypso (based on the original Steel Pan) with an insistent percussion. Soca music has evolved in the last 20 years primarily by musicians from Trinidad, Barbados and a few islands in the Lesser Antillies.
The reputed father of soca was Lord Shorty (né Garfield Blackman), whose 1963 recording of "Cloak and Dagger" started the trend. It would be Lord Kitchener who would begin the noticable and accredited transition and Byron Lee and the Draggoniers which made soca a West Indian social wave, but the Baha men in the 21st century that brought it to American recognition.
Like calypso, soca was used for both social commentary and risqué humor, though the initial wave of soca acts eschewed the former. Lord Shorty was disillusioned with the genre by the 1980s because soca was being used to express courtships and sexual interests. Like all things related to sexual freedom it became embraced because of its ability to reflect what people were thinking and their desires in a society which was sexually repressed. Soca music became an expression of sexuality through metaphors in the West Indies.Soca03 Soon after, Shorty moved to the Piparo forest, converted to the Rastafari movement and changed his name to Ras Shorty I. There, he created a fusion of Reggae and gospel music called jamoo in the late 1980s.
Some of the greatest soca artists of all time are Shadow, Mighty Sparrow, Krosfyah, Byron Lee & the Dragonaires and more recently artists such as Alison Hinds, Machel Montano, Destra Garcia, Shurwayne Winchester, Denise Belfon and Maximus Dan.
Here It's two hours of pure soca vibes from the almighty Jugglers Sound system and Xcalibar, straight outta Trinidad Live from Nuremberg 06/06 . A must listen to !!!

Xcalibar & The Almighty Jugglers Sound system ¨C Live in Nuremberg 06/06

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Some of the greatest soca artists of all time are Shadow, Mighty Sparrow, Krosfyah, Byron Lee & the Dragonaires and more recently artists such as Alison Hinds, Machel Montano, Destra Garcia, Shurwayne Winchester, Denise Belfon and Maximus Dan"

LOL

www.myspace.com/rupeemusic

Rupee, along with Kevin Lyttle are two of the VERY FEW artists to have had Billboard success and mainstream European charting success. Kevin is more of a one hit wonder type, but Rupe...he has been and is one of the REAL "biggest Soca Stars out there"

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