The Osaka Riddim is Here

Japan successfully completed its first Caribbean-style Carnival in 2018 and now there’s a riddim that pays homage to the Asian socaholics. Check out this compilation featuring Voice, Kerwin DuBois, Preedy, LFS Music, and 5-Star Akil whose music video for “Personal” showcases the experience of Carnival under The Rising Sun.

Gimme a Wine, Nah

Trinidad’s Nadia Batson is a wicked song writer and vocalist. Her legendary tune “My Posse” catapulted her into the spotlight in 2008. Since then she has written for other artistes, including Machel Montano, Farmer Nappy, and members of her all-lady band Sass. Last year, bandmate Terri Lyons made it to the Soca Monarch finals with her “I Am Lyon” lyrics and everyone was “Catching Feelings.” This year, the Caribbean Girl is back with her new hips-swaying tune “So Long.”

Trinidadian calypsonian Mighty Shadow dies at age 77

Trinidadian calypsonian Winston McGarland Bailey, known to the world as The Mighty Shadow, passed away on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018. Bailey was admitted to the hospital after suffering a stroke and was pronounced dead at 3am on Tuesday morning.

Shadow gained notoriety when he won the Road March (the song that was most played when mas bands crossed the stage during the Trinidad Carnival parade) in 1974 with "Bassman" and again in 2001 with "Stranger", making him the competition's oldest winner. He is also known for tunes like “Doh Mix Me Up,” “Dingolay,” … and my favorite “Horn,” in which the singer warns a young man that he needs to have money if he wants to marry.

For those of you who know a bit about DysChick, 2001 was the first year that I played mas in Trinidad and I became an instant fan of these songs and the singer. My deepest sympathies go out to the Bailey family and all those who have been touched by the calypso legend.

If you caught any of the Guyana Carnival stage shows, you caught performances by the artistes featured on this groovy riddim.  Take a listen to “Body Talk” by Big Red, “Purrrfect” by Timeka Marshall, “Bamboo Fiah” by Trevon Vibez, and “Cyan Dun” by Lil Red (yes, he is Lil Red’s son).  Download these songs from Apple Music and add them to your playlist today!

 

Get Familiar with these Guyanese Soca Artistes

Jumo Primo

Guyanese soca artiste Jumo Primo is getting our waistlines ready for Guyana Carnival 2018.  The  lead singer of Byron Lee’s Dragonnaires has become the face of Guyanese soca and is best known for his raspy voice and wire waistline.  So how many women will be brave enough to pelt it on Mr. "Rubber Waist" at Guyana carnival? 

Timeka Marshall

This GT sistren has been going hard to make sure people know her name and it's working! In February 2008 she was one of the opening acts on Bob Marley’s Tribute concert “ Smile Jamaica” in Montego Bay.  She is also one of the "Purrfect" faces of Guyana Carnival and is ready to take her sound to the world! For her 2019 release, she worked with New York’s hitmakers Problem Child & Fryktion!

Trevon Vibez

I love Trevon's story.  Like me, he returned to Guyana for six months vacation in 2016 and fell in love with his homeland. Since then he has performed with major artistes like Machel Montano , Bunji Garlin , and many Guyanese artiste at various stage shows around the country.  His smooth melodic voice makes his groovy soca songs so addictive.  Get familiar!

 

DOWNLOAD FREE SOCA MIXES

   DJ Private Ryan Presents Bienvenido A Miami    Trinidad’s most versatile deejay drops this party mix just in time for Miami Carnival. This mix is perfect for pre-gaming or reliving the experience when you have Carnival tabanca. Check it out!

DJ Private Ryan Presents Bienvenido A Miami

Trinidad’s most versatile deejay drops this party mix just in time for Miami Carnival. This mix is perfect for pre-gaming or reliving the experience when you have Carnival tabanca. Check it out!

   DJ JEL’S 2018 PARANG LIME    Turn up to almost 80 minutes of parang from New York’s  Soca Boss . This is a seasonal compilation of music from icons like Bunji Garlin, Ravi B., and of course Scrunter. Check out this mix from  DJ Jel !

DJ JEL’S 2018 PARANG LIME

Turn up to almost 80 minutes of parang from New York’s Soca Boss. This is a seasonal compilation of music from icons like Bunji Garlin, Ravi B., and of course Scrunter. Check out this mix from DJ Jel!

   D Soca Journey 2018 Guyana Carnival Mix    Want to get familiar with all the music that you will hear in Guyana this Carnival season? Check out the best soca mix featuring only Guyanese artistes. Shouts to  DJ Kang  for being the first to make a mix for Guyana Carnival 2018!

D Soca Journey 2018 Guyana Carnival Mix

Want to get familiar with all the music that you will hear in Guyana this Carnival season? Check out the best soca mix featuring only Guyanese artistes. Shouts to DJ Kang for being the first to make a mix for Guyana Carnival 2018!

   Close Connections Cropover Mix 2018    New York's deejay duo Close Connections bring us the latest in Cropover 2018 music. 85 minutes of expertly mixed soca will have you doing a wicked office-chair wuk up. Check it out!

Close Connections Cropover Mix 2018

New York's deejay duo Close Connections bring us the latest in Cropover 2018 music. 85 minutes of expertly mixed soca will have you doing a wicked office-chair wuk up. Check it out!