Soca Music Basics:
Soca is a style of music native to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago
. Soca is a blend of traditional calypso
and classial Indian Music
. Soca first came about in the 1960s and is currently one of the most popular genres of Caribbean music in the world.
Lord Shorty is a musician credited with inventing soca in the early 1960s when he added Indian rhythmic instruments (like the tabla) to traditional Calypso to create a new sound. He called his genre "solka", as in, "the SOuL of KAlypso". "Soca", a misspelling of his original term, eventually caught on as the generally accepted spelling. Soca is not, as many people assume, a fusion of calypso and American soul music.
Why Indian Music?:
Indian people make up a large percentage of the population of Trinidad and Tobago, and have done so for a very long time. Indian music
and culture have therefore had a great deal of influence on Trinidadian music.
Soca Lyrical Content:
Much like traditional calypso (and its cousin, Jamaican mento
), soca music frequently revolves around saucy or bawdy lyrics and thinly-veiled double-entendres
. Some soca artists also include social commentary in their lyrics, but generally, soca lyrics are silly and playful.
Genres of Music Related to Soca:
Soca Music Starter CDs: