Road March woes
Road March competition is often fraught with controversy, but this one took a surprising turn. The anthem of the season “Famalay” by the powerhouse trio Skinny Fabulous, Bunji Garlin, and Machel Montano won the title with the later released “Savannah Grass” by Kes the Band coming in second. Most people were thrilled that the two top songs of the season were so close in the race. Well, almost everyone. On March 7th, the following post appeared on Kes the Band’s Instagram page. Sour grapes or a call for a new competition?
Cheers to the Winners!
Run wid it!
When this song first dropped, I liked it… but I didnt’ love it. Then Mr. Killa went on a serious press junket and I became obsessed with this song. As a rum advocate, I understand how the beverage can compel a person to do things. Check the song that made Mr. Killa the new International Power Soca Monarch!
Swappi is back!
I am so excited to see that Marvin Davis a.k.a. Swappi has come back into the mainstream soca scene. The “Bubble on a DJ” singer has been relatively missing from the scene despite releasing tunes in 2017 and 2018. Get familiar with “Party Start” and see why Swappi is the International Groovy Soca Monarch!
3 Titans, 1 Song
Well there goes the neighborhood. Three heavyweight soca artistes teamed up for this power track that had folks jumping up in Trinidad. Who say Road March? Well, everyone. This is Machel’s tenth Road March win, Bunji’s first, and Skinny has become only the second non-Trini to win!
The Viking honors Shadow
Leave it to the bard of soca, Bunji Garlin, to take up the torch to showcase the style of the most iconic artistes in soca, the late Shadow. Garlin and wife Fay-Ann Lyons come together to bring us a tribute that makes us feel to jump up! Take a listen to “Soca” by Bunji Garlin now!
Kerwin is Mr. Bacchanal!
Okay, so Kerwin DuBois is back with yet another tune with which deejays and soca enthusiasts should get familiar. “Soca Demon” is a wicked track that is being overlooked because of the controversy over profanity in his other 2019 tune, “My Faults.” But don’t sleep on this one! The song is infectious from the first line, “Good morning, Bacchanal!”
Brandon Harding wins Soca Monarch again
Guyana’s reigning Soca Monarch is back! The singer captured the crown last year with his hit song “Alive.” The positive lyrics over the jumpy riddim allowed him to beat out seasoned competitors, including Melissa “Vanilla” Roberts. The young champion who spends most of his time in St. Lucia has also won the Soca Switch competition (2016 & 2017) and even entered the St. Lucia Soca Monarch competition a few times. On February 16th, the singer battled Vanilla, Jumo Primo, and 2nd place winner Steven Ramphal to retain his Soca Monarch crown.
Hmm, maybe his next song with have a two-word title.
Machel’s diss track
Mr. Fete, The King of Soca, Monk Monte, and now Dr. Machel Montano. The 44-year-old soca star received an honorary Doctorate of the Arts from the University of Trinidad and Tobago on November 15th, 2018. Well, the Doctor wasted no time in renaming himself Dr. Mashup. The moniker is in direct response to Iwer George’s recent track “Road March,” where he implies that the Road March race was rigged and gave unfair advantage to Machel Montano and Super Blue who won the 2018 title. Machel’s new release whips back with lyrics like, “stop crying and complaining about last year. Take your licks like a man!” Whoa! Yes, the whole place mash up as soca lovers everywhere are enjoying the bacchanal! Click below to listen to “Dr. Mashup “ now!
The Ladies Bring the Heat in 2019
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.”
“If they don’t like we, tell them politely…”
I can’t understand why I’m not hearing more music from Destra being played in parties. What did she do to these deejays? Destra consistently produces great tunes with Carnival and wine up vibes and this year is no different. She recently released “Doh Study People” complete with an official music video, which warranted a nod from rapper Cardi B. However, I prefer her earlier release “F.U.N.” on the Ghostbusters Riddim. Just know that I will be requesting this at every soca party in 2019!
Hola, konnichiwa Kisha
Yes, Kisha Kay made a huge splash with her scandalous hit “The People Man (TPM)” and some assumed she would be a one-hit wonder. Well the St. Lucian singer is back with an uptempo track that is generating a buzz. Women have already started posting videos proving that they can definitely make their “Bumper Talk.” Take a listen to this new track on the Truck Back Riddim.
Issa Snack, Issa Something Fat
Every year there are some songs and artistes that are overlooked by the big deejays and radio stations. Unfortunately, Nessa Preppy is often among the overlooked. This year, she teamed up with Travis World to create a monster track that is sure to bring her back into the spotlight. Check out “Issa Snack” now!
Get Familiar with these Guyanese Soca Artistes
Guyanese soca artiste Jumo "Rubber Waist" Primo is back with his patriotic offering for Guyana Soca Monarch 2019. 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 who’s ready to hit the road again for Mash and Guyana Carnival?
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! Check out her 2019 release created by New York’s hitmakers Problem Child & Fryktion!
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!