The Poor Quality of 2016 Trinidad and Tobago Soca.

by Roger Charles

2016 Soca Music Sucks?

2016 Soca Music Sucks?

What is happening to Soca?


I've been hearing that largely, people are not feeling the 2016 soca from Trinidad and Tobago. In other words, generally, the songs leave a lot to be desired. They suck!

Is this true? And if it is, is this manifestation as a result of the quality of music? Are people's tastes changing? Is this an ongoing trend, first with power soca and now both groovy and power? Is it that the soca leaders have not delivered, while there are good songs by no-name artistes that no one hears?

Hundreds of songs have been released and millions spent on production, yet very few tunes if any can be enjoyed.

Is soca dying? The popularity and impact of dancehall music seems to be diminishing as well. Is it that people have more distractions today and more choices than ever?

I can go on and on with these thoughts. This goes deeper than most think. What are the reasons? What is the solution? Is there a solution?

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Jan 12, 2016
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How to fix modern Soca music
by: Anonymous

Remember your roots and analyze the work of Byron Lee and apply the same elements in the music that gives Soca its individuality. Include a strong African derivative rhythm, for dancing, use of African derivative instruments like steel drums, hand drums, bells etc and have a good horn section for power and dynamics. When you try to stay modern by following trends like Rap music and fusing this into Soca you have made a negative fusion and at the same time created music less universally accepted to a general audience, which includes all races not just black. When people like Byron Lee developed Soca music he set the standard as to what it is, so when you bastardize the music too far from its roots you have destroyed its essence!

Jan 13, 2016
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Poor Quality of 2016 Trinidad and Tobago Soca
by: Pear

Soca has been around and will always be. The problem is that many artists in keeping with popular trend find themselves using DanceHall, Ragga and computerized sounds which is the leading cause of poor quality soca.

Do not get me wrong, there are many great DanceHall and Ragga music but when incorporated with Soca, they do not always sound proper.

Soca has always been alluring just the way it is and is in a class by itself and needs no help or change. Trying to recycle and patch it into other genre along with crazy sounding computer music is what is causing commotion.

Artists need to get back to the root of Soca as there is no doubt they are spending time and money creating Soca music.

Remember, one size does not fit all, leave the blemishes out of Soca music and everything will be A-okay!

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