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Soca originally combined the melodic lilting sound of calypso with American soul(SOulCAlypso:SOCA) and the cadence music fromDominica and the French Antilles. The presence of a large Indian population in Trinidad blended traditional western jazz instruments and Indian musical instruments—particularly the dholak, tabla and dhantal—as demonstrated in Shorty’s classic compositions “Ïndrani” and “Shanti Om”. The influence of Spanish music from Venezuela also crept into the art form
Every region that Africans were sent to developed a form of Calypso, blending West African Highlife music with new beats. Eastern Caribbean and Belizean beats tended to be much faster than the slower “chip chip” music of Trinidad. Soca changed the bass line from a free flowing bass to a syncopated stuttering bass. Ras Shorty I is credited with this innovation.
Soca has evolved in the last 20 years primarily by musicians from various Anglophone Caribbean countries including Trinidad, Guyana,Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, United States Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Belize and Panama. The speed is now indistinguishable across the region. Many variations exist including groovy soca, party soca, rapso, chutney and a host of others.
Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago during the early to mid 20th century. It lays it roots in theWest African Kaiso and the arrival of French planters and their slaves from Dominica and Martinique.
The music, which drew upon African and French influences, became the voice of the people, and was characterized by highly rhythmic and harmonic vocals, which was most often sung in a French creole and led by a griot. As calypso developed, the role of the griot (originally a similar traveling musician in West Africa) became known as a chantuelle and eventually, calypsonian. As English replaced patois (creole French) as the dominant language, calypso migrated into English, and in so doing it attracted more attention from the government. It allowed the masses to challenge the doings of the unelected Governor and Legislative Council, and the elected town councils of Port of Spain andSan Fernando. Calypso continued to play an important role in political expression, and also served to document the history of Trinidad and Tobago.
The French brought Carnival to Trinidad, and calypso competitions at Carnival grew in popularity, especially after the abolition of slavery in 1834. While most authorities stress the African roots of calypso, in his 1986 book, Calypso from France to Trinidad: 800 Years of History, that veteran calypsonian, The Roaring Lion (Rafael de Leon) asserted that calypso descends from the music of the medieval Frenchtroubadours.
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