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Carnival & Soca Music

Music of course plays a big part of Carnival. Here you can find out more about what you can expect to hear at the Carnival you attend and you can also listen to some calypso music, soca music, steel pan music and chutney music. Download your 2015 Soca Mix here today!

Calypso Music

At the root of Carnival is Calypso music. Calypso music was developed in Trinidad in the 17th century from the West African Kaiso and canboulay music brought by African slaves. As these slaves were not allowed to talk to each other they used calypso to communicate with each other and to also mock their slave masters. One of the most popular Calypso songs is Lord Kitchener – Sugar Bum Bum. Listen to this classic below from one of his last performances.

Soca Music

It will be mostly Soca music you here at Carnival today. Soca was derived from calypso, with it’s faster beats and seductive lyrics. Many of the lyrics are directional e.g; “Jump and wave” and “hands on yuh head and roll it”. Hear a mix of the latest Soca below, so you can sing along to the tunes at the next Carnival you attend or take part in. Or to simply remind you of Carnival when that Carnival Tabanca kicks in(A helpless yearning for Carnival)!

Steel Pan Music

Dance to the sweet sound of steel pans. The sound that comes from steel pans are simply beautiful. In 1881 stick fighting and African percussion music were banned and replaced by bamboo “Bamboo-Tamboo” sticks beaten together, which were also eventually banned. In 1937 the use of frying pans, dustbin lids and oil drums were used to create music. These steelpans are now a large part of the Trinidadian music scene and are a popular section of the Canboulay music contests. Listen to steel pan musicians below from the Mangrove steel band in London.

Chutney Music

Chutney again originates from Trinidad and Tobago and is derived from a combination of traditional Indian folk songs, soca and Bollywood tunes. Chutney music is sung in either Hindi or English. Listen to the infectious sounds of Chutney music below.

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