As I promised — or should that be threatened? The previous one was my ten personal favourite reggae singers — with the emphasis on personal. But before I get into the list, a sad task: a farewell salute to a musician who made a major contribution to soca and calypso, as well as to reggae.
4) Palance – JW & Blaze
The debate remains on whether efforts should be made to resurrect the sub-genre, or just go with the flow as some may see it as a natural evolution of Soca music. These include the ever-popular Power Soca and Groovy Soca. Power had long dominated as the most popular of the sub-genres with its fast-paced style being the preferred music of feters, but in recent years the quality and quantity of Power songs have decreased leaving room for Groovy to take the crown. In the pursuit of clarity, and hopes to resurrect the genre, the Rate iTT team took on one of our toughest tasks yet by attempting out to find out the Top 5 Power songs of all time.
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The s in a lot of ways has been a period of significant growth for the soca artform, elevating it from a regional phenomenon to the cusp of international status. By contrast, the s was all about burying the umbilical cord of calypso. If you listen to soca from the late 90s, a lot of it sounds like calypso after a few expresso shots. In the s, soca became a teenager with new found freedom — taking any and all influences from genres such as dancehall, RnB and Pop and stumbling giddily, knocking over past expectations and pissing-off elders. During that period, Soca ingested the chanting lyricism of early Bunji and Treason 3 Suns? Not satisfied, it ate some frisky flying fish courtesy the Bajan invasion featuring Alison Hinds and co. This set soca on a new path and sounded the death knell on calypso as a mainstream product. But then came the s. The most immediate feature of this decade has definitely been the unmistakable sheen and polish on the music productions. From a raw engineering standpoint, the music just sounds better.
Soca music defined by Lord Shorty , its inventor, as the " So ul of Ca lypso" is a genre of music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the early s and developed into a range of styles during the s and after. Soca was initially developed by Lord Shorty  in an effort to revive traditional Calypso , the popularity of which had been flagging amongst younger generations in Trinidad due to the rise in popularity of Reggae from Jamaica and Soul and Funk from the USA. Soca began its development in the early s  and grew in popularity throughout that decade. A sound project started in at KH Studios in Trinidad to find a way to record the complex Calypso rhythm in a new multi-track era.