Should we accept the change?


Recently I have seen several people comment/complain about the recent trend in which soca music is starting to sound more and more like techno.

Many think this is a bastardization of the true sound of soca.

I, for one, think its just part of the natural change and evolution that any musical genre HAS to make in order to stay relevant.

For example take a listen to a popular sparrow song from 1961.

Then one from 1984.

The same artist sounds COMPLETELY different….both in his delivery and the style of music.  Imagine if trinidadian music stayed grounded firmly in its 1960s roots!

Fast forward to 2011 and we have techno/dance inspired soca that sounds just as different and novel.  To tell the truth, the electropop riddim was my favorite for 2011.

We grow up hearing our parents complain that new fangled music is just noise and music from their time was “real” music.   I think the issue is that many of us today are slowly becoming those same parents:)

So chime in! what is your take on the change.  Should we embrace it or abolish it and get back to soca’s roots?

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2 thoughts on “Should we accept the change?

  • January 22, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I think it is great that soca is evolving and merging with other genres….again this is a result of the commercialization of the artform. It is similar to america’s hop hop/rap which has merged with practically everything else.I would be concerned if from now on…ALL soca is techno.

  • January 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Change brings spice to life.And the beauty part is, the change brings new genres: we have the nice slow tunes, we have groovy tunes, we have the dance tunes, there are chipping/ road march tunes, and hard core fete-ing tunes! etc etc etc……They all make for soca and calypso. And all bring a freedom some other genres of music cannot begin to capture!Well, at least for me 😀

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