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Soca Music

Updated on February 29, 2016

The Music of the Caribbean

Soca is the Caribbean's most popular music - it combines various aspects of the traditional elements of Caribbean music with reggae, soul, bouyon and hip hop and almost every other genre to produce a colorful blend of the calypso art form that has gained momentum over the years - staking its claim as a major contributor to the music industry worldwide.

Image credit: One Caribbean Radio

What's the #1 Soca Song? - This song has sold over 12 million copies!!

Arrow: Hot, hot hot!!

The Soca Queen... - Alison Hinds

Alison Hinds is undeniably the Caribbean's leading, female soca artiste.

Acknowledged as such by her fans worldwide, she has cultivated her sound and image and is forging a path, along with several other outstanding Caribbean artistes, to make a huge impact on the world stage.

Soca Giant... - Machel Montano

Machel is an icon - he has been entertaining throughout his brilliant career which began when he was just 10 years old - Machel is a LIVING LEGEND!

This is one sweet soca tune: The People's Champion

I fell in love with Soca at Vincy Mas!!!! - Check out some of the biggest tunes out of SVG below

Playing mas in Bim!
Playing mas in Bim!

Soca Music Events

Carnivals and Festivals across the Caribbean and the world!

The first place I ever played mas was in St Vincent - Vincy Mas culminates with a 2 day Jump up on the first weekend in July.

I have featured two great lenses above about Crop Over in Barbados and Carnival in Trinidad on this page, but there are many other festivals which highlight soca music.

Learn more about:

The World Creole Festival in Dominica

Spicemas in Grenada

Nine Mornings at Christmas in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Caribana in Toronto

Notting Hill Carnival in London

Parang: Christmas Soca Music!

Parang is the name given to the genre that was inspired by the infectious beat which Venezuelans brought to Trinidad. A truly Caribbean Christmas embraces the music of the islands and while Trinidad definitely leads the way - the songs on the Trini Jungle Juice Parang Lists are a part of the Caribbean Christmas tradition.

Parang Albums for your holiday collection

Strictly Parang - The Best of Trinidad Parang
Strictly Parang - The Best of Trinidad Parang

Caribbean Christmas celebration is just not the same without hearing a little parang during the season. This compilation makes a great gift for any Soca fan.

 
Play JamTap
Play JamTap

Play the Jamtap Game on Facebook

Jamtap is a cool, free app on Facebook featuring soca music.

Which Radio and TV Stations feature Soca Music?

For more on Soca Music, check out Flagz Radio, Tempo Radio and CaribVision

You might also be interested in NuMusicZone for downloads and the Trinidad Tunes Station - Enjoy!!

What do you think about soca music?

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    • KandH profile imageAUTHOR

      KandH 

      4 years ago

      @marygriff: Glad you like it, thanks for stopping by :)

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      marygriff 

      4 years ago

      I was first exposed to this type of music at the carnival tradition in 2000. I've been hooked ever since.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I like it. Soca is great to lift spirit in the early morning. They don't call it the soul of calypso for nothing:)

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      veronicatarantino 

      5 years ago

      Love Soca..love dancing to it

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      bezabeza 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for this KandH..I love learning about musical genres from an expert...My knowledge of Soca was confined to wonderful summers of the past dancing behind floats at the Notting Hill carnival, London. I never realised that 'Feelin Hot Hot Hot' was Soca and thinking about it, of course it is! Nice to meet you!

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      Gloria Freeman 

      5 years ago from Alabama USA

      This sound like fun and happy music. Thanks for sharing.

    • KandH profile imageAUTHOR

      KandH 

      5 years ago

      @aesta1: Indeed it is, thanks for stopping by :)

    • KandH profile imageAUTHOR

      KandH 

      5 years ago

      @aesta1: Indeed it is, thanks for stopping by :)

    • KandH profile imageAUTHOR

      KandH 

      5 years ago

      @aesta1: Indeed it is, thanks for stopping by :)

    • KandH profile imageAUTHOR

      KandH 

      5 years ago

      @aesta1: Indeed it is, thanks for stopping by :)

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This must be lots of fun.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This must be lots of fun.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      You could find most soca tunes on www.gspothome.com

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      John Tannahill 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Coming round to Soca now, thanks. Seems like you've given us all we need to know about it here.

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      ForestBear LM 

      6 years ago

      Love it, so full of life. Feel like dancing :-). Great lens!

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      dream1983 

      6 years ago

      Great lens, Well done. Squidlike

    • KandH profile imageAUTHOR

      KandH 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: very informative and up to date site you have there - thanks for leaving me the link!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Soca Music is THE sound of the Caribbean. It is to be respected on the same level as reggae, however, unfortunately, Soca does not garner the same GLOBAL attention (YET). For more Caribbean entertainment news, visit http://redcarpetshelley.com/

    • KandH profile imageAUTHOR

      KandH 

      6 years ago

      @Richardryder: sounds like a great idea to me :)

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 

      6 years ago from Wales

      We need this music at the campfire

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      Bercton1 

      6 years ago

      Great soca music! good stuff!! thanks for sharing..

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      Athelyna LM 

      6 years ago

      What fun! I'd never heard of soca music - I love some of these songs; just didn't know what they were! Now I'm going to go looking for more.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      VERY HOT...HOT HOT....and so much fun...just have to dance!

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      Moe Wood 

      6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      This lens is "hot, hot, hot!" :D

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I had not heard of soca music previously. Thanks for introducing me to this new form of music.

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