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Why ask this question when Soca artists are all over the world performing at shows and getting paid? Here is the thing: I am now part of a growing movement out of Philadelphia called Islandvbybe Radio. I have had the opportunity to listen to many of the DJs as they ply their trade, their musical wizardry, and the music they love hearing. Initially, I was taken aback by the amount of dancehall music played on the station, but that did not really bother me because I am all for Caribbean culture. However, after listening to the Soca music played, I realized that with the amount of new songs released every year and now throughout the year, the Soca on Islandvybe is not keeping up with the amount of new music released.

 
Why is that important to me? Well, look, each DJ knows their audience and plays the music that audience knows and loves. There is nothing wrong with all the soca from years past. We need to continue playing those songs; it creates a huge database of music to play, leading to only good things for the artists. However, my gripe about the lack of new music released almost daily is just this: Do you know how Soca artists make money from the music they release? It is not like long ago when people purchased a 45 rpm or 33 rpm record or even CDs. Those were actual sales and could be counted per sale of each item. Today, it is all digital, and the artists literally give away their music in the hope that DJs and radio stations will popularize the music, ensuring that, if the song or songs are good enough, along with the popularity of the artist, they will be hired and paid to do shows! Did you get that?
 
Well, if you don't play the new songs, it just won't happen, and here is the kicker: the music producers get paid up front! So you need to play the new music to help the artists. You help them, and they help you! Most of the DJs playing the music don't pay a royalty to use the music! So what the hell, play the damn music! The artists have invested heavily to make that song happen, and if they are not Machel, Patrice, Problen Child, V'ghn, Teddyson, Voice, Kes, or some other popular artists, they will lose money on the production! Don't get mad; just try to keep that in mind when you go on air or play songs at a party. Your choices help make or break Soca artists. Keep in mind that Shaggy and other Jamaican artists are transitioning to Soca. So lighten the dancehall load, increase the Soca, and play more of the new music, OK?
 

Yes, some Soca artists are doing just fine, but those are the very popular ones you see on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok every day. Some of the female artists know how to portray themselves to attract men by the way they dress or dress little. But ask yourselves this: what about the others? There are so many talented artists out there with good music. Give them a chance to recoup their production costs and eat a little food too, please!

Soca artists make money in a variety of ways, including:

 

    • Live performances: This is the most common way for Soca artists to make money. They can perform at festivals, concerts, and other events.
    • Streaming: Soca artists can earn money from streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. The amount of money they earn depends on the number of streams their songs receive.
    • Digital downloads: Soca artists can also sell their songs digitally through platforms like iTunes and Amazon.
    • Merchandise: Soca artists can sell merchandise like t-shirts, hats, and other items to their fans.
    • Sponsorships: Soca artists can also sign sponsorship deals with companies like alcohol brands and clothing brands.       
    • Publishing: Soca artists can earn money from publishing royalties. This is when a company uses their song in a commercial or other media.

In addition to these traditional methods, soca artists are also starting to make money through new digital platforms like NFTs. NFTs are unique digital assets that can be used to represent things like music, art, and videos. Soca artists can sell NFTs of their songs or music videos to fans.

The amount of money that Soca artists make varies depending on their popularity and success. The most successful Soca artists can earn millions of dollars per year. However, even less successful Soca artists can still make a good living from their music.

 
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The theme for Spicemas 2023 is "The Evolution." This theme reflects the festival's commitment to growth and change. Spicemas organizers are always looking for new ways to improve the festival and make it more exciting for visitors and locals alike. 
 
Spicemas 2023 is sure to be a memorable event. With its exciting new events and increased prize monies, the festival is poised to be one of the biggest and best in the Caribbean. If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to celebrate carnival, then Spicemas 2023 is the place for you.
 
As the season progresses, we will update the site with a calendar of events so that you can tune in to the available online feeds as they become available. We also play to present Soca Starter music mixes so that when you arrive in Grenada for Spicemas 2023 the music will be familiar as you head to the various party events. Stay tuned!
 
 
From Spice Mas Corporation:
This year, we're celebrating 'The Evolution,' of Spicemas - a deep dive into the vibrant past, dynamic present, and visionary future of our Carnival. An extraordinary display of traditional mas will take center stage, reminding us of our roots while redefining the boundaries of revelry. 
 
‘The Evolution' was unveiled both in Grenada and New York - enjoy our captivating video recap of the launch of Spicemas 2023. Get ready to immerse yourself in the rhythm, color, and spirit of Spicemas like never before! 
 
Let us promote the culture of the Caribbean diaspora:
Our goal is to promote Caribbean culture, artists and music producers. Become the proverbial culture vulture and share this post with your peers and on all social media platforms. We are on FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram and Soundcloud. All our posts are available on FeedSpot, and via Email Subscription. Thank you in advance. For more interesting content, please visito our official blog @Sokah2Soca
 
Production Notes/Music Credits:
Production: Spicemas Corporation 
 
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 promotion purposes should be treated as such and not shared!
♫Please press the music player button below to listen now (small triangle in the Music player/TV Frame).
Everything is Soca or something different marketed as Soca! Today, we present a song by Mr. Blood x Peter Ram titled "Limbo". Is it Soca? Is it Calypso? Well if you listen you will realize that it is between both, with some of each amounting to something we like to categorize as CalypSoca! 
 
Calypso is more on the Calypso side than Soca whereas SoCalypso is more on the Soca side. That is just our opinion and you can agree or disagree. However, it does not matter how you categorize the music, we are confident you will love the vibe. 
 
A simple song with positive vibes and easy to follow lyrical content. For those who remember, Peter Ram and Mr. Blood have been in business for some time now. Hearing them again is a pleasant reminder of a time when they ruled the music scene in Barbados... Good morning neighbor!
 
Let us promote the culture of the Caribbean diaspora:
Our goal is to promote Caribbean culture, artists and music producers. Become the proverbial culture vulture and share this post with your peers and on all social media platforms. We are on FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram and Soundcloud. All our posts are available on FeedSpot, and via Email Subscription. Thank you in advance. For more interesting content, please visit our official blog @Sokah2Soca.
 
Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: Limbo
Artists: Mr. Blood x Peter Ram 
Written by: Anthony Carter 
Names: Anderson Armstrong (Mr. Blood) & Peter Wiggins (Peter Ram)
Music by: Anderson Armstrong
Tuk Snare: Terry “Mexican” Arthur 
Bass: Paul Slater 
Backing Vocals: Anderson Armstrong
Mixed and mastered by: Andrew Denny
Produced by: Anderson Armstrong 
Executive Producer: James Wilson 
Genre: CalypSoca
 
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 promotion purposes should be treated as such and not shared!
♫Please press the music player button below to listen now (small triangle in the Music player/TV Frame).
Kes wanted a "Mental Day" but in Barbados, while the feeling is the same, they experience mental breaks a little differently. Marvay, one of my favorite Soca artists, wants you to fete your problems away. Oh, by the way, the song is titled "Away". This is just a feel-good vibe, a song that encourages the listener to let go and have a good time. If you follow that advice, "everything should be all right.".
 
As I mentioned previously, Marvay is one of my favorite Soca bards from the Caribbean basin. The man has a singer's throat, in other words, he has a voice that you will enjoy listening to, and he delivers every time. 
 
Kudos to the production team of Chris Allman and Anthony Lowhar, well done. There was no mental drain on this musical production. Just excellent vibes. The decision to use live instruments is notable and serves the production well. When you look at the production notes, you appreciate the work done by all individuals in this production. We need more live instruments in today's Soca. 
 
So there you have it. Take your mental day, then go ahead and fete your problems away... "let them go"! We love the lyrical content, the earworm vocals by Marvay, the live instruments in the production and the musical arrangement done by all those responsible for "Away". We believe you will love this song. Enjoy!!
 
Let us promote the culture of the Caribbean diaspora:
Our goal is to promote Caribbean culture, artists and music producers. Become the proverbial culture vulture and share this post with your peers and on all social media platforms. We are on FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram and Soundcloud. All our posts are available on FeedSpot, and via Email Subscription. Thank you in advance.
 
Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: Away
Artiste/Performed by: Marvay
Written by: Michael Mercer, Chris Allman & Damian Lythcott 
Produced by: Chris Allman & Anthony Lowhar
Drums, Bass & Keys by: Chris Allman
Guitars and Keys by: Barry ‘Barman’ Hill
Mixed & mastered by: Anthony Lowhar @ Commercial Music Inc. 
Recorded at Slam City Recording Studio
Visuals by: Danny Reid
Genre: 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: 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 promotion purposes should be treated as such and not shared!
♫Please press the music player button below to listen now (small triangle in the Music player/TV Frame).
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