We need community support! Please sign if you want to help support our efforts in creating a Calypso/Soca Music Category for The GRAMMY Awards.
The NY Carib News, a publishing company for over 40 years in New York City, is seeking your support in signing this petition to The Recording Academy for consideration before March 1st, 2024.
The origins of Soca Music
Soca Music developed as a by-product of Calypso. In the 1970s in Trinidad, Calypso was losing favor with the younger generation as reggae from Jamaica and Soul and Funk from the USA rose to popularity. As a result, Lord Shorty (Ras Shorty I), developed Soca in an effort to restore Calypso's prevalence. Shorty was the first to define his music as "Soca" during 1973 when his hit song "Indrani" caused musical waves on radio stations and at parties and clubs - not just in his native Trinidad and Tobago, but also in cities like New York, Toronto and London.
Soca literally means the '(So)ul of (Ca)lypso', and represents a fusion of African and Caribbean Kaiso, Calypso and South Asian rhythms. At its introduction, it combined the musical traditions to the two major ethnic groups of cosmopolitan Trinidad and Tobago. What started as a two-category genre - Chutney Soca - the fusion of Chutney music, Indian music and Soca; and Groovy Soca – a slower beat of 115 beats per minute,
Soca music has gained massive popularity over the years and is now Caribbean music with artists from the small islands being highly popular. It is also still closely allied with Carnivals, with a number of releases mainly focused on the Trinidad Carnival cycle, effectively from late November to February of the following year.
In modern times, Soca's development as a musical genre included its fusion with Calypso, Chutney, Reggae, Zouk, Latin, Cadence and traditional West African rhythms.
Soca artists year after year put Soca music on the map, and around the globe. Collaborations with popular world music artists in these different categories gives soca its uniqueness.
“From the soulful, funk and disco-inspired early hits to the swaying, orchestrated brass arrangements heard in the 1980s; soca began to feature "jump and wave," crowd rousing, participatory lyrics supported by hyper-energetic, synth driven rhythms in the mid to late '90s. In the mid-2010s, EDM sonics that impacted the sound of soca, while Afrobeats inflections that have shaped the music in recent years. Whatever elements are introduced to soca, the music is bolstered by a mandate to keep Carnival revelers energized for extended periods of waving and "wining" — a fluid movement of waist and hips.” - Patricia Meschino, Billboard
Calypso/Soca deserves its own category. With your help, we can make this a reality.
NY Carib News