The 2019 Carnival season is officially on its way, and Dancehall artists are teaming up with Soca’s finest stars for various collaborations. It’s definitely a good look for the genres as it gives them more leverage to different markets, even after the seasons is done. Carnival is an International brand with different cities and countries around the world hosting their own. With more interest in the Caribbean culture over the years, it’s a pivotal moment for Dancehall and Soca to make a greater push for the International market with these collaborations. For those unfamiliar, the Jamaican love affair with Soca and Carnival dates back to the 1940s at the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus), and the collaborations over time are just great moments in this ever growing union. With their feel good vibes and ability to bring people together, the collaborations will continue. Today we’re featuring a few of the Dancehall x Soca crossovers that are currently making waves on the scene.
This is for all the ladies who know how to WINE! We had to go to Guyana to check out the lovely Timeka Marshall’s latest single, “Winey Winey“. Brought to you by Jack Spaniard Productions and Problematic Media, Timeka calls up all the ladies who are proud to be called “Ms. Winey Winey“, and show the world that grease has nothing on them when it comes to moving that waistline. On the recently released “Kick Stand Riddim“, get ready for the 2019 Carnival season with this scorcher. Add this one to your playlists and get to practicing those moves for the Road Marches! Check out the track below, and share with a friend. Show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Dropping something new today is Recording Artist Dayz Dubois (also known as “Hard Dayz“). Been a while since we’ve heard from the Blu Rok Artist, but today he pays tribute to his Island home Grenada in “Di Greenz“. Produced by Phantom Beatz, Dayz invites us to the “Spice Island” and gives us a mini tour of what makes this Island one to visit and enjoy. With “Spicemas” in a couple months, get this song in all the Tourism campaigns, and have it played in all the Pre-Spicemas events! Wave yuh flag and rep “Di Greenz“! Check out the track below, and show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Media Personality/Chef Anthony Bourdain has seen many countries in his lifetime. With his various Television shows he has not only enjoyed the food, but learned some of the culture from each country. In season 9 of his “Parts Unknown” series, he makes an appearance in Trinidad. From conversing about Steel Pan Music with Composer Lennox “Boogsie” Sharpe and Journalist Kim Johnson, to discussing Carnival with Choreographer La Shaun Prescott, to learning about the arrival of the East Indians through Indentured Servitude and race with former T&T Ambassador to China Chandradath Singh, Producer Keshav (his son), and their family, to learning about the Lebanese and Syrians in Bayshore, the episode comes to a close with meeting Recording Artist Muhammad Muwakil of the Freetown Collective, Calypso Legend Calypso Rose, and many more! Lots of food and beer in this one so feast your eyes on Doubles, Carib and Stag Beers, Solo Apple Js, Buss Up Shut, and much more. Check out the episode below.
We’ve featured Jamaica’s episode a couple years ago. You can see that here.
Carnival season is in full swing here in Jamaica, and the Socaphiles will be wukking up and wining all day and night. One particular song will be given multiple spins, but what many will not know, is that it was done by one of their own…
Words by ShannyDeLioness
Yes you heard me right, we have a full fledged Jamaican Soca Artist! While we’ve had Dancehall/Soca/Calypso collaborations over the years by the likes of Beenie Man, Konshens, Spice, and of course you all know of the late Legend Byron Lee and his Dragonaires, and the timeless Fab 5 Band, this Artist has taken his talents and determination and became the first to make it to the International Soca Monarch finals! His name is…Linky First!
Born Jason Henriques, Linky First has been blowing up the airwaves in Trinidad & Tobago and the rest of the Caribbean with his hit single, “Rock & Come In” on the Ruffin produced “Liming Riddim” since its release last year. He has since followed up with “Control It”, “X6”, “Doctor”, and “Naked Pon The Road”.