Trinidad Carnival 2012 My Top 5 Soca Songs

It’s Ash Wednesday! A day that marks the start of the Easter season. A time of repentance, reflection and spirituality. Often, Ash Wednesday is filled with cleaning up the streets of Port Of Spain, begrudgingly getting back to work after a 4 day weekend and hangovers. Ah Trinidad Carnival, how I love you.

As the season comes to a close, I’d like to document some of my favourite songs. Songs that left an impression on me for one reason or the other this year. Don’t worry, I’m not going to overpopulate this list with Machel Montano!

Baddist – Destra ft Kerwin Du Bois

Kerwin was Midas this Carnival, anything he touched turned to gold. With arguably the most popular groovy soca song (Bacchanalist) this year and numerous features in other artistes’ songs he was, for me, the man to get me in the mood to party. The initial sound in this song, as they sing “Hmm feel that breeze” is my favourite sound in any song this year!

 

Action – Supa Jigga TC

I playfully coined this song the “ballad” of 2012, because of his smooth voice, and the sweet, groovy rhythm of the song. It feels almost like a love song when I listen to it. It’s impossible not to love the command to “Wine on a stranger, worry bout it later”. This song just epitomises Groovy Soca.

 

In Charge – Machel Montano

Of course, Machel had to make it on this list. I don’t know if many people would have picked this song to be their favourite Machel this year because he had at least 6 songs that were extremely popular. In fact, anything Machel does is extremely popular. Once you know it’s Machel on the track there’s an expectation of excellence. I like this song because of its tempo and because of the lyric “Like yuh bumper have a Nike sign, just do it girl and wine.”

 

Bucket – Swappi

Swappi rampaged onto the soca scene fairly recently but his style feels almost aggressive as he sings. His fast-paced energy gets people so hyped up they lose control. This song is testament to that, as many patrons carried their buckets to throw up in the air for him at the International Soca Monarch.

 

No Pain – Iwer George

Perhaps a controversial entry, but it’s actually my favourite song this year and I had to include it. I agree, it sounds eerily similar to his 2011 song “Come to Me” but that doesn’t change the fact that this song has an inviting beat. Its high energy and the pounding sound of the oil drum encourages poor conduct and no behaviour! I was sold as soon as I heard the first line, “If you know they rob me last year put yuh 2 hand in the air” not because I believed him, but because I was amazed that he would be so bold. Then I remembered…its Iwer. Love it bad bad still.

 

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Top 5 Valentine’s Day Songs

After watching the Grammy’s I realised how much I miss music of the 60’s, 80’s and 90’s. The Beatles’ ending was the best part of the night for me and seeing Sir Paul McCartney rocking out on stage like that at 69 years old made me realise that for truly great musicians, music is timeless.

So I decided to compose a list of my favourite love songs in honour of Valentine’s Day. Here they are, in no particular order (except # 1):

 

1. Something – The Beatles

This song is my favourite because it was written by my favourite Beatle, George Harrison. Frank Sinatra called it “the greatest love song ever written” and if you listen to the lyrics you can see why. It played an important role in getting George recognised as an individual songwriter and paved the way for his solo success.

2. The Search is Over – Survivor

It’s a personal favourite of mine because it was my parents’ wedding song. The lyrics are eerily applicable to their tumultuous marriage and to this day, it still holds the power to bring me to tears.

3. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

This song sends chills down my spine when I hear it. It always reminds me of the movie “Ghost” that I watched as a child. It was a beautiful depiction of true, selfless love and you can feel the passion in every word of this song.

4. Please Forgive Me – Bryan Adams

He has one of those voices that make you stop and pay attention. His songs seep with sincerity and you feel every word is genuine when you listen to him. The song is about an everlasting and pure love that will remain, even if it must remain alone.

5. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

RIP Whitney. This song would have made the list regardless of the events of the last weekend. As soon as it starts, you feel the power that the song brings with it. Her vocals are flawless in it and this song will remain forever in the hearts of those lucky enough to have been exposed to it. I remember this song with fondness because as a child I would be lifted and danced with, every night to it until the neighbours complained. I will always love you…