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Soca is a descendant of calypso. In the early 1970s, electric guitar and bass were added to the traditional calypso ensemble, and by the '80s most groups were using synthesizers as well. The increasing sophistication of recording technology and the continued competition between groups directed the music toward a more complicated and thought-out musical style that focused on the musical sound rather than the texts. The suitability of the music for dancing, rather than listening, also became an important factor. Around 1970, the term "soca," meaning "soul-calypso," was coined to refer to the new, energetic, and disco-influenced "party" music; hence, party soca. The rhythm is not entirely standardized but its character is captured by a steady bass drumbeat against which a highly syncopated cymbal and snare drum pattern are juxtaposed. As in reggae, the bass line, also syncopated, is particularly important and the bass is often the predominant instrument in the mix. Because of the competitive nature of the music, musicians often dress in elaborate costumes, incorporate a variety of gimmicks, and use stage effects to stand out among their rivals.

Party Soca Artists Highlights

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Shadow
Shadow
Calypso Rose
Calypso Rose
Machel Montano
Machel Montano
Mighty Sparrow
Mighty Sparrow

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Party Soca Album Highlights

Roots Rock Soca
Black Stalin
Roots Rock Soca
Hot Soca Hot
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Columbus Lied
Shadow
Columbus Lied
Reggae Music Again
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Reggae Music Again
Soca Bacchanal
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires
Soca Bacchanal
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Party Soca Song Highlights

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Limbo Calypso Arrow
Let the Soca Play
Black Stalin
Ju Ju Warrior Calypso Rose
Bacchanal in the City Byron Lee & the Dragonaires
Bad Boy Peter Shadow
Royal Night Busy Signal
Free Up Tambu
Pepper Soup
Calypso Rose
Leh We Punta Calypso Rose

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