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Ananda/Sokah2Soca

Originally posted on the blog Sokah2Soca (www.sokah2soca.com). We bring you only the best new music, while Island Vybe Radio rocks it live on the air!!

 
The Golden Age of Calypso, the formative years (1934–1950), brought about change in Calypso and produced some fabulous calypsos that are unmatched today. Now we turn to our present-day crop of Calypsonians, and it feels like they have lost focus and lost their way. They (today's Calypsonians) can't seem to find their way and prefer to complain rather than resolve the issues that are hampering the art form, so we look to the past to find a way forward. 
 
We are in a place where Calypso seems to be looking for a way to be relevant once again, and for that reason, we can look back and reflect on a song that could add some guidance for the rocky road ahead. Now we can reflect and find meaning in a song that won the 1998 Calypso Monarch Title. There is a serious message in the music. This is the Mystic Prowler with one of the songs he sang to win the 1998 Calypso Monarch title (aka Calypso King); the song is "Beneath the Surface," penned by Gregory "GB" Ballantyne.
 
Those who are stuck in quicksand and can't seem to say the way forward will continually moan and complain about the Calypsonian plight, but they could find solace and a way forward if they heed the words of songwriter Gregory Ballantyne with memorable vocals from the late Mystic Prowler: "They had the stuff that great men are made of; it’s the stuff you can miss unless you look beneath the surface."
 
Many Calypsonians continue to sing political and social commentary, which may or may not hold relevance in today's world. While I acknowledge the importance of these calypsos, they must sing calypsos that inspire the listener to dance if they are to succeed in the realm of Soca music. That was the case before the dawn of Soca, and it can still happen today; let's enjoy some more 'dance calypso music'. Yes, there is a time and place for everything, and today it calls for music and songs (calypsos) that people can dance to once again. The challenge is on; who is going to do it?
 
Just to be clear, we feature "Beneath the Surface," written by Gregory Ballantyne and sung by the Mystic Prowler, because of the message, which remains, to this day, a classic calypso; it is not an example of a 'dance calypso'. It is a song with a powerful and inspiring message. Enjoy.
 
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Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: Beneath The Surface 
Calypsonian/Artist/Performed by: Mystic Prowler (Roy Lewis)
Written by: Gregory "GB" Ballantyne
Year Released: 1998
 
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Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! We don't own the rights to this music: and, it is presented here for promotional use only. We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't download and share the music and rob the artists of needed income! Music for sale should be purchased while music distributed for promotional purposes should be treated as such and not shared!
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Originally posted on the blog Sokah2Soca (www.sokah2soca.com). We bring you only the best new music, while Island Vybe Radio rocks it live on the air!!

 
Summer has arrived, and today we bring some sunshine straight from Trinidad & Tobago. Trinidad & Tobago is known for its Calypso, Steelpan, Soca, Limbo, and much more. This is a special presentation of two songs by Mr. Desmond. On Sokah2Soca, we have a list of Calypso mixes done by Mr. Desmond, along with this sweet Steelband presentation. 
 
The songs are "Oye Cómo Va" and "If I Never See You Again"—they are exceedingly sweet! This was part of the Sunday show on WACK Radio 90.1 FM in 2023. Today, we present this post to our Islandvybe family to enhance your Sunday listening experience with some variety. Imagine cooking your Sunday meal with the sweet sounds of the steel band singing sweet melodies in your ears. It's so damn good. 
 
Now, press play, relax, and enjoy your national instrument. Mr. Desmond x Sokah2Soca presents barrel (Steelband) music to soothe your soul! 
 
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Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: Barrel by Mr. Desmond x Sokah2Soca
Presented by Mr. Desmond 
Origin: WACK Radio 90.1 FM San Fernando, Trinidad
Genre: Steelband
 
Songs:
Oye Cómo Va - Pamberi Steel Orchestra
If I Never See You Again - Robert Greenidge
 
Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! We don't own the rights to this music; it is presented here for promotional use only. We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't download and share them and rob the artists of needed income! I, nor this blog, make any claims of ownership over any of the videos, songs, photos, or graphics used for this post because they all belong to their respective owners.
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Originally posted on the blog Sokah2Soca (www.sokah2soca.com). We bring you only the best new music, while Island Vybe Radio rocks it live on the air!!

 
Here we go with another victim of love. Yes, love hurts, and it does not matter what you do or what anyone says; you will hurt for a while. Then one day you wake up and the sound of the birds sounds sweet, the sunshine feels better on your skin, and you realize that yes, you are whole again and ready to repeat that love-sick moment—Tabanka!
 
This song is presented as a Chutney Soca, but it feels like a song that falls between both musical styles. For this post, we feature the new song by Rikki Jai but also post the original song from which this song developed. Sundar Popo is still a boss, and after listening to his songs, you will have a better understanding of how good he was and the reason for his longevity. 
 
"Fall in Love Again" is a really nice track by Rikki Jai. They went to great lengths to provide a video that was pleasant to view and a visual storyline that matched the lyrics. What else is there to say? We love it, and we think you will appreciate this production.
 
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Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: Fall In Love Again
Artiste/Performed by: Rikki jai 
Background vocals by: Debbie Haynes
Written by: Rikki Jai
Chorus adapted from Sundar Popo's "Tears in My Eyes"
Produced By: Rishi Lakhan & Rikki Jai @Rml Studios
Additional Production by: Jason Seenath @Fame Studios
Executive Producer: Rikki Jai 
Mixed and mastered by: Big Rich @Pungalunks Studios 
Origin: Trinidad
Genre: Chutney Soca
 
Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! We don't own the rights to this music; it is presented here for promotional use only. We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't download and share them and rob the artists of needed income! I, nor this blog, make any claims of ownership over any of the videos, songs, photos, or graphics used for this post because they all belong to their respective owners.
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Top: Rikki Jai's Fall in Love Bottom: Sundar Popo's "Tears in My Eyes"

Originally posted on the blog Sokah2Soca (www.sokah2soca.com). We bring you only the best new music, while Island Vybe Radio rocks it live on the air!!

 
The Lucian Bacchanal Carnival season is upon us, and in Saint Lucia, there's more than just Soca to groove to... there's also Bouyon and blends of both Bouyon and Soca. Today, on this very beautiful and sunny day in New York City, we celebrate the people, music, and culture of Saint Lucia. This is "Cool Down" by Imran Nerdy, and we are confident that you will love this one to start the weekend and usher in summer 2024.
 
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Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: Cool Down 
Artist/Performed by: Imran Nerdy
Album: Jeremie Street Riddim
Written by: Imran Magloire
Produced by: Vibez Productionz 
Guitars: Zack Popo
Bass: Dean Benn
Mix & Mastered by: Yannick Plante
Origin: Saint Lucia 
Genre: Bouyon 
 
Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! We don't own the rights to this music; it is presented here for promotional use only. We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't download and share them and rob the artists of needed income! I, nor this blog, make any claims of ownership over any of the videos, songs, photos, or graphics used for this post because they all belong to their respective owners.
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