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.
With Valentine’s Day just hours away, that loving feeling is definitely upon a few of us. Spreading the love through music today are Dancehall Artist Shenseea (who has been on a roll with these Soca collabs) and Soca Artist Kes on “Close To Me“! This one is definitely a banger as Tano and Brooklyn Decent provided a lovely production here to accompany the Artists get close throughout the song. With Loggo Lionel handling directorial duties for the video, we see all the chemistry oozing onscreen. Big up Jimmy October, Christian Kalpee, Daryl Gervais, Nicolai Ramjass (Brooklyn Decent), and Michael Montano (Tano) who contributed to this song! Whether you like it rough or gentle, just stay close to me when you need that love. Are there any couples in the house? Check out the video below and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Today marks the 45th Birthday of the one they call “Gargamel“, Mark “Buju Banton” Myrie! While the word is he’ll be a free man by the end of the year, we still celebrate him as if he’s already here. His music has touched the lives of many over the years, and many have shown respect in the form of covers, tribute songs, and by sampling him. Today, we feature a few songs that have sampled him. #FREEBUJU! Check them out below, and show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Chef/TV Show Host/Author/Culinary Expert Andrew Zimmern is a man who knows a thing or few about food, whether weird or normal. Recently, he made his return to the twin Islands of Trinidad and Tobago for the latest episode of his “Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations” series. Though not getting into the strange eats he usually goes for in “Bizarre Foods“, he highlights the signature dishes of the Islands all while giving glimpses of the Culture there. Featuring appearances by a pre-haircut Kees Dieffenthaller (KES The Band), Doubles, Curried Crab and Dumplings, Pelau, Bake and Shark, Buss Up Shut, and various food lovers, it’s time to get your tummy ready for the delicious selections. Check out the episode below.
Ready for some Soca music? Then let top Internet Radio station PonDEnds deliver it fresh to you today with a new mix! Titled “The Best Of 2014 Soca Mix” and mixed by DJ Franz, you’ll be entertained by energetic Soca music from some of the best including Bunji Garlin, Machel Montano, Kes The Band and more! Keep this mix on your playlists and get ready to “mash up the place“! Do remember to visit PONdENDS.com daily for some great music. Check out the mix below and share your thoughts in the comments section.