Soca is the abbreviation for the Caribbean soul-calypso style perfected by musicians in Trinidad and Tobago.
Soca is the abbreviation for the Caribbean soul-calypso style perfected by musicians in Trinidad and Tobago. This compilation offers several terrific soca numbers performed by some of the best acts in the two areas, beginning with the Chantwell tune "Clear the Way" and soca legend David Rudder ("Caribbean Party"). The set covers more than soca, however. Calypso masters Kitchener and Pretender are also represented here, though their sound isn't the Harry Belafonte calypso of the '50s. Rap is also an influential style in the Caribbean nowadays, and it's given rise to rapso—a rap/calypso composite—represented by Brother Resistance's very solid "Run Yah Run." Dancehall and dub ragga have had as much influence on soca as any other style, but, as is evident to the ear, soca is a wildly infectious dance music that's very much a distinctive hybrid.—PVV