Chances are, you have never heard the word Soca before. You may have heard Soca songs but just thought it was called Caribbean or Island music. Soca is an acronym for SOul and CAlypso. It could also very well mean SOul and Caribbean as it is the soul of the Islands. Our ‘feel good’ music, our party music, our come together music.
Soca is my favorite music. With an uptempo beat like no other, lots of brass and bass, I cannot sit still while the beat of a sweet Soca music is in the air. I jump and wave, wave something, wine my waist, whatever the song urge me to do. Or I try the newest soca dance move. There’s always a new dance.
Soca is one of those types of music that could pick you up when you are down. It lifts your spirits and get you in a party mood, whether you are into partying or not. Soca is the ultimate dancing music and an opportunity for dancers to grab a girl, any girl and ‘wine up’ behind her. (Wining is the gyrating of your hips). Dancing soca music is quite simple. You basically do whatever you feel like. Move an arm there and a leg there, it’s all good, as long as you try to maintain a rhythm. There’s nothing quite like seeing a ‘whitey’ keeping up with the islanders dancing Soca. A couple of months ago, I was at an after party and I noticed a white guy wining on a black girl. He was giving such a good account of himself that I went over and fist bumped him.
There are some notable Soca artistes known for producing songs that are specifically aimed at getting you to get off your chair. Allison Hinds, known as the Soca Queen, Machel Montano, Skinny Fabulous, to name a few. The old stuff with guys like Mighty Duke, Crazy, Gypsy and Blue Boy is still untouchable though.
It does not exactly make you want to fall in love, except maybe with the music, but it does a fine job in elevating your heart rate and putting a smile on your face. Soca could very well be the best therapeutic genre of music out there. It is not however, the food of love.
For a sample of Soca music, go to YouTube and type ‘Soca Music’.
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