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”.
It’s a new year, and we have new tings in store! Recently we’ve teamed up with Radial, a growing Music Streaming service based in Trinidad & Tobago. While we show love to Dancehall, Reggae, Hip Hop, and Reggae Fusions, we have a lil love for the Soca Music. To show our love a little more, we’re kicking off a weekly Playlist series on Radial to highlight our top 5 songs we’re feeling for the week (maybe a bonus track here or there)! We urge you to head on over to GetRadial.com, or download “Radial” in the iTunes App Store to check out our Playlists! Time to “Wuk Up” and “Get On Bad“!
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Today on Oldies Sunday, we look back at the Calypso Legend, Calypso Rose’s “Come Leh We Jam“. Arranged/Produced by Pelham Goddard and Charlie’s Roots, this single was released in 1977 by CLO Records. The single was a part of her “Her Majesty: Calypso Rose” album which was released the same year, and was entered in the 1978 Trinidad Road March Competition. With her signature delivery, she speaks on the Soca music putting her in a wonderful place and prompting her to dance through it all. She also encourages unity in the dance with lyrics like “So leh we jam, jam, jam…“, “Jam together, Jam one another…“.
To kick off your week, DJ Jer unleashes the 7th chapter in his “Triganometry” Remix Series! Get ready for a Mixtape chock full of Dancehall, Hip Hop, EDM, R&B, Soca, Trap and Pop remixes to crush the stresses of the work day, pump you up for the next move, and add the right soundtrack for weekend! Jer has been giving you these Mixes since 2009 and he will not disappoint. Get familiar with chapter 7 below, and hit up DJJer-PG.com for previous chapters. Check out the Mixtape below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Recently, Recording Artist/Producer Wyclef Jean teamed up with Songstress Sasha Mari for “My Girl“. The Dancehall/Spanish Music tinged single created a buzz as Wyclef proclaimed his comeback. Today we hear a “Dancehall Queen” remix from Trinidad/NYC based Recording Artist/Producer GBM Nutron! Produced by GBM Productions and Heads Music, Nutron adds a more Island feel to the single while letting off a few bars of his own. Searching for your own Dancehall Queen? Let this energetic single be the soundtrack to aid your journey! Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.