I've never exactly been big on soca music, that is, until my recent trip to Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival. The love affair actually began in earnest during the weeks running up to the trip. Listening to mixes courtesy of Dj Private Ryan had me grooving and giggling at work (earphones in) and finally participating in Mas sealed the deal. For me, soca is moving into where reggae (specifically anything by Beres Hammond, I-Wayne and lover's rock) resides in terms of never failing to make me happy. Which is just the prescription (VIDEO) for the carnival withdrawal I'm currently experiencing.
I observe that at Kenyan parties, the most soca you'll hear is "Follow the Leader" and "Hot Hot Hot"! I'm curious as to why more contemporary tracks haven't reached us. Not even the 'colourful' Machel Montano (and what a fantastic repertoire he has). I think it's time to bring soca to Kenya in full force. The Trinis I've conspired with are down so, Kenyans out there – what say you?
In the meantime, here are a handful of songs from the aforementioned Machel, with clear African influences, to get you ready for the weekend. If you're reading via RSS and can't see the videos, please click here.
"Witch Doctor" – Machel Montano
"Congo Man" – Machel Montano Mighty Sparrow remix
Images from top: The Jezebel section of the band, Tribe, crossing the stage on Carnival Tuesday; yours truly participating in pretty mas and; Bajan artist Lil Rick performing at Shades, a pre-carnival party.
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