SOCA is a genre of Caribbean music that originated within a marginalized subculture in Trinidad and Tobago in the early 1970’s. Soca was initially developed by Lord Shorty in an effort to add another musical dimension to the traditional calypso in Trinidad, with the rise in popularity of reggae from Jamaica and soul & funk from the USA.
Fast forward 50 years, we now see SOCA as a fundamental element to carnivals all across the world with particular reference to Notting Hill Carnival. Revellers cheer MAS bands whilst dancing to static sound systems, who paraded the streets of W12 with the sweet sound of SOCA. We have selected our favourite tunes, whilst we reminisce back to the last Bank Holiday of 2017 with Notting Hill Carnival.
DANCE CALYPSO – MZVEE, Lyrikal
Enjoy Yourself – Pternsky
Plenty Plenty – Diztrict 7
Wine & Bounce – Alison Hinds
W/U (With You) 5 Star Akil
Gyal You A Party Animal – Charly Black