Recently, Machel Montano made waves in the Trinidadian soca community by stating that soca no longer belongs to Trinidad, but to the entire Caribbean. The idea that trying to own soca would only limit the growth of the genre resonates with two of the hottest Bahamian artistes who are looking to take their music to the world.
2019 was not supposed to be a particularly significant year. It’s not an even number and it does not mark the beginning of a new decade. However, this turned out to be a historic Trinidad Carnival year. With a shakeup in the Soca Monarch leadership, pan bands taking each other to court, and Trinidadians fearing the loss of their culture, the long season was fraught with controversy. But then again, what’s Carnival without bacchanal?
What is Carnival without rum? The two go so well together that songs have been made touting this symbiotic connection. From Lord Invader’s “Rum and Coca Cola” to Machel Montano’s “Bottle of Rum,” there is no denying that rum is as integral to Trinidad’s history as soca is.
During my recent trip to the land of rum and soca, I toured The House of Angostura® in Laventille.
Not to be confused with Junkanoo in December, the Springtime Carnival has the nightlife and parade of bands standard in a Caribbean celebration. In only its third year, The Bahamas competes with other newbies like Bermuda and Cayman to appeal to outsiders. However, it is the uniqueness of the mas itself that may set Junkanoo Carnival apart.
Is it just me, or was this past Memorial Weekend a real disappointment? I used to abandon sleep and sobriety for four full days in order to take advantage of the kickoff to the summer party season. This time around, I actually had two nights of deep sleep as this was one of the tamest Memorial Weekends I've ever experienced.