When Carnival season rolls around, those of us who prefer warmer weather know that those days are almost here. Unless you live in the Caribbean and you may never experience a winter. But me, I live in Atlanta and I’ve unfortunately had to deal with a winter storm and days of rain as well as cold temperatures. Not that I’m complaining or anything because every new day is one I was not promised but graced with. Still, one cannot be elated to know that the slew of Carnival singles that have been released over the last 6 months are finally going to be in rotation for the next 6 months. The official Carnival season in the Caribbean kicks off in Trinidad & Tobago this year on March 3 and in preparation and celebration of the upcoming events I will be sharing the TOP five soca singles for the week! Each week you can look forward to a new list of singles curated specifically for my readers of COCO magazine as well as my viewers right here on #then1989. Click the link below to see which singles were featured this week.
Road Call (Calling Meh); Destra; 5 stars
“I’m wining and wining. And I can’t stop!”
The QOB (Queen of Baccahanal) is Destra Garcia. She never ceases to provide her fans as well as Soca lovers with a visual to complement one of her singles for the relevant Carnival Season! I’ve never been to Trinidad & Tobago, but every time I watch a Destra video that features scenes of Carnival, I am reminded why I want to visit the twin isle nation. The energy and vibrancy of Carnival is something you cannot deny as an outsider to the festivities. In this music video director, Cowin Dori Thorpe, shares sights of the Jamaican Carnival road march. If you’ve never participated in a Carnival event, or an event similar to it, you may be missing out on the BEST cardio workout you have ever experience in your life. Hands down!
Pong It; Patrice Roberts; 5 stars
“Tell him you no waan hear no sad song…I come out for di pong!”
Patrice Roberts has a rebellious soul I’m convinced! From last Carnival season’s “A Little Wine” and now onto “Pong It” – Patrice challenges the stereotypical demure personality women are expected to have according to society and our male counterparts. What is extremely resonating to me about Patrice is that she looks to be having fun in her own skin, doing something that she loves. Every time she does this, women are afforded a new single to call an anthem, while men are left to deal with a heightened amount of women expressing themselves boldly. In “Pong It”, Patrice lets men know that we ladies came out for ‘di pong’ – so we hope that they have brought their hammers.
Come Over; Shal Marshall + Reina + Nutron; 5 stars
“So good and I like it. Your love’s energizing.”
I’m a fan of the crossover appeal certain Soca singles have. Not every song needs to be a crossover, fusion type of track but when it is done right – I become a stan of that song. ENTER Shal Marshall, Reina and Nutron! “Come Over” is a groovy soca single that just makes me want to wine for hours on end. GBM Productions are no strangers to the Soca arena within the Caribbean music industry. They have proven their production skills; their credits are extensive so there is no doubting that they can create a Soca hit! What I particular love about this single and music video is how well newcomer, Reina, holds her own alongside Shal Marshall and Nutron. Both have been creating soca music for years and this is the first time I am hearing and seeing Reina. So I must compliment her for standing next to these two gentlemen, showing strength in her stance.