Soca

HEAR THIS: Kiff ‘Mix N Ting’

HEAR THIS: Kiff 'Mix N Ting'

Jersey’s Kiff started making waves last year with a style he had coined Jersey soca; a unique blend of Jersey club and the island sounds he grew up on. The pairing picked up on similar traits between the two, specifically Barbados’ style of crop over. The remix culture that such a big part of both soca and Jersey club led to his expansion into broader, less definable, but more deeply Caribbean styles that make up Mix N Ting. From dancehall, to soca, to just straight vibes, Kiff has the cure for your post-Memorial Day tabanca right here.

Orlando Octave: Deeper Than Soca

Orlando Octave: Deeper Than Soca

A Thought Provoking  Soca Song Makes It All The Way To The International Soca Monarch Finals

When Orlando Octave’s father entered him into a local television competition in Trinidad, his life changed forever.  After, a few local hits, he wrote a breakthrough song “Single,” that catapulted him to a spot in the International Soca Monarch Finals. We spoke to him a few days before  the competition to learn the message behind this smash hit. Interview After The Jump…

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Reasoning with Jah Bami: “I Focus So Much on Musical Integrity”

Reasoning with Jah Bami: "I Focus So Much on Musical Integrity"

Multi-talented Musician & Burgeoning Business Mogul Builds His Brand

Jah Bami, born Marvin Walters in Trinidad and Tobago, learned to play instruments at a young age-including the guitar, piano, drums and steel pan. His mastery of instruments earned him a musical scholarship  to the University of the West Indies, which provided him a plethora of opportunities to take his career to the next level. Now he tours the world solo and as part of his deejay group, Suns of Dub. Furthermore, Jah Bami owns a record label, clothing line and brand of smoke wrapping papers. We spoke to Jah Bami about his many hats in the entertainment business. Interview After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Skinny Banton “Jab Behavior”

HEAR THIS: Skinny Banton "Jab Behavior"

New Single Causing A Soca Frenzy

The song, “Jab Behavior” is creating a hysteria well in advance of the upcoming Carnivals in Trinidad and Tobago and Carriacou.  The song contains a tantalizing riddim produced by Hector “Legz” Thomas and  Skinny Banton signature vocals.  In the song, he uses his native tongue with deep vocals to describe  jab culture.  In 2011, Skinny Banton won his first People’s Choice title and then consecutively in 2012 and 2013. He won the 2012 Soca Monarch Competition in the Tri-state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, and in 2013 he was crowned the Road March King. The sky is the limit as this artist continues to distinguish himself on a international level with his songs. Audio After The Jump

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HEAR THIS: Leadpipe & Saddis Kick Off Evolution Sound Soca Mixtape

HEAR THIS: Leadpipe & Saddis Kick Off Evolution Sound Soca Mixtape

Porgie & Murda Bring Dreams To Life

Crop Over 2016 may be winding down, but Barbados is still bubbling. This year the island revellers had to do without Rihanna (she spent the weekend in Toronto rocking OVO Fest) but the party continues on this exclusive Evolution Sound soca mix featuring Bajan soca duo Leadpipe & Saddis (aka Porgie & Murda). Their tunes—and a mix of fresh reggae/soca collabs like Jus D & I-Octane’s “Perform”—are a perfect way to set the mood for the Philadelphia Jerk Fest on Sunday August 28, 2016. Leadpipe & Saddis will be performing live and direct alongside reggae legend Luciano Jah Messenger and dancehall star Assassin aka Agent Sasco. No more long talking, DJ Jamol Jenius let off! Audio & Tracklist After The Jump… Read more »

Beres Hammond & Cocoa Tea Headline 10th Annual Best of the Best Music Fest 2016

Beres Hammond & Cocoa Tea Headline 10th Annual Best of the Best Music Fest 2016

Miami’s Premiere Reggae Festival Celebrates Its 10-Year Anniversary

For the past decade, Best of the Best has been transforming Miami’s Bayfront Park into a massive party. Although the early years were characterized by a wide-ranging blend of reggae, dancehall, soca, hip hop and R&B, in more recent years the promoters have focused on Caribbean sounds. Over the years BOTB has emerged as Miami’s premiere reggae festival, and this weekend’s 10th anniversary staging looks to be no exception. Looking for news for Best of Best 2016? Boomshots is the right place for press and information on this year’s event in Miami, Florida. As an official media partner of BOTB 2016, we’ll keep you updated with the movements. Follow boomshots on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Full Rundown After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Jus D “Give It To Me” Crop Over Video

WATCH THIS: Jus D "Give It To Me" Crop Over Video

Free Up Yourself For The Crop Over

Although Trinidad’s carnival is renowned as one of the wickedest parties throughout the Caribbean, Crop Over in Barbados is no joke. Just ask Rihanna, who rarely misses the bacchanal in her home island. The Mega Cavalcade is going down tonight, with a crazy lineup of soca acts ready to set it off. If you can’t make it there to witness the action live, the least you can do is peep this new video of 2015 Crop Over highlights, all set to one of the hottest tunes for Crop Over 2016, Jus D’s cutting-edge soca fusion selection “Give It To Me,” produced by Livity Movements’ Dev Kutta and Guyana’s DRWTHVN. The ting tun up now. Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Fadda Fox ft. Runtown “All Day All Night”

HEAR THIS: Fadda Fox ft. Runtown "All Day All Night"

From Lagos to Bridgetown Comes A Cross-Cultural Collab For Cropover

These are exciting times for open-minded music lovers, as genre distinctions break down and the unifying forces of tempo and technology work their magic around the globe. No matter what name you choose to call them, certain songs have the power to move the crowd. Whether you’re in Africa, the Caribbean, or someplace else, the elements of a big tune remain consistent: combine a lively drumbeat, a supple bass line, spicy lyrics and a sweet melody and watch the people react. “My team and I are on a musical mission,” says soca artist Nicholas “Fadda Fox” Sealy. “It is our aim to showcase Bajan talent internationally, collaborating with other artists being one of many strategies to execute our goals.” During a recent tour of Canada, the man known for running the streets of Bridgetown, Barbados with tunes like “Ducking” was sharing breakfast with Nigerian-born Afrobeat star Douglas “Runtown” Jack Agu. The conversation turned to collaboration, and within days they’d come up with a soca-meets-Afrobeat anthem for Crop Over 2016. With writing by Jovan James, Runtown and Fadda Fox, and production by Darien Bailey and Hector Cesar for Decibel Productions. You may call it what you wish, we simply call it a Certified Boomshot. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

Machel Montano Rules Carnival With
“Waiting on the Stage”—Is He Leading Soca Down The Road To EDM?

Machel Montano Rules Carnival With "Waiting on the Stage"—Is He Leading Soca Down The Road To EDM?

Trinidad & Tobago’s “Minister of Road” Takes Third Consecutive Road March Title

Trinidadian soca superstar Machel Montano has won his third consecutive road march title. Since 1932, the Trinidad Carnival Committtee has awarded the prize to the  musical composition played most often at the “judging points” along the parade route throughout Port of Spain during the big carnival celebration. This is the eighth win of Montano’s career. Not since Tambu hit the trifecta in 1988, 89, and 1990 has one artist dominated the competition three years in a row. The winning tune, “Waiting on the Stage,” was produced by Trini production squad Badjohn Republic. But with its strong EDM influence, it almost sounds like it could be a Major Lazer record.  Check out the tune and judge for yourself. Video After The Jump… Read more »

2016 Kickoff Playlist

2016 Kickoff  Playlist

    Multi-genre Playlist of Songs That Are Already Moving the Massive Internationally in 2016

The start of the New Year could not be any better.  This playlist highlights ten notable releases between the end of last year and the beginning of this year, that are stirring up the musical anticipation for the rest of 2016.

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Full Moon Playlist II

Full Moon Playlist II

Ten Multi-Genre Selections for Your Halloween Party Playlist

   This year, Halloween was preceded by a Supermoon, making this holiday extra spooky. On September 27, 2015, a total lunar eclipse occurred and the moon passed into the Earth’s shadow. The moon appeared  close to the earth with a bright red illuminance. The last time this happened was 1982. Many believe that this type of moon brings about badness in people. The Full Moon Playlist II highlights songs that unleash the dark side of human nature in reggae, pop, dancehall, hip hop and soca. The playlist contains ten tunes focusing on an intrinsic baddness theme, while others go beyond the theme and comment on social issues, and a few are highlighted for a wicked production. Playlist After The Jump

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HEAR THIS: Bunji Garlin & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley “The Message”

HEAR THIS: Bunji Garlin & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley "The Message"

Zilla & The Viking Join Forces Because Music Gonna Teach Them One Lesson

In 1982—the year MJ dropped Thriller—Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five released “The Message,” a record that forced hip-hop to evolve from throw-your-hands-in-the-air escapism to what Chuck D would eventually describe as “the black CNN.” Thirty-three years later two giants of their respective Caribbean islands and genres—Bunji Garlin and Damian Marley—join forces to release a record of the same title, a song capable of redirecting soca and dancehall reggae (and Trinidad and Jamaica) in a more constructive direction. “I look to the sky and ask Almighty when will it finish? Is this a sign of the last days? The last few minutes?” The answer lies in our hands. But while there is life there must be hope. As the song says, “There is music in your soul, minerals in your soil, children full of beauty worth way much more than oil. While history unfolds, don’t let the good things spoil.” Audio After The Jump… Read more »