Chutney Soca: Soca Music with Trinidadian Indian Musical Rhythms

Photo ©Chutney Soca Monarch Committee
In 1987 Drupatee Ramgoonai named her first album "Chatnee Soca" and gave birth to a genre of music that is called "Chutney Soca" today. In 1988 she had her mega-hit named "Roll up de Tassa" that literally created a market for this new style of music. Never in her wildest dreams could she have imagined that Chutney Soca would be what it is today with its own Monarch competition. The competition has grown and become a major show that is now moving to "The Savannah" in Port-of-Spain for Carnival 2012. 

This competition has talent/winners from Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and soon we should have talent from Canada and the US. The growth of this show will soon rival the traditional Power and Groovy Soca Monarch Competitions.

Wikipedia article stated the following:
In Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana & Suriname Chutney-Soca music is a crossover style of music incorporating Soca elements and Hindi-English lyrics, Chutney music, with Indian instruments like the dholak and dhantal.

The term chutney soca was first coined by Drupatee Ramgoonai of Trinidad & Tobago in 1987 in her first album entitled Chutney Soca, with both English & Hindi versions of the songs. The current style of the spelling of the term was not established then & she spelled it as " Chatnee Soca". The following year her mega-hit "Roll up de Tassa" was instrumental in creating a commercial market for this type of music internationally.

Drupatee has spoken about the blending of Afro & Indo melodies & rhythms in songs like Chatnee Soca & Hotter than ah Chulha". Chutney is a melody & soca is a beat. Drupatee used an ancient Indian melody called a 'lawnee' with the soca beat in her rendition of "O Tassawalley" & has released a legacy of Chutney Soca music.

Chutney Soca Monarch Winners

The following list is a look at the past winners of Drupatee "Chatnee Soca" better known today as "Chutney Soca"!

Sonny Mann
Song #1 Lotay La | Song #2 Roll Bhowjie

Heeralal Rampartap
Song #1 Basmatie | Song #2 Nacho Ray

Rikki Jai
Song #1 Dulahin | Song #2 Jara Lage La

Rikki Jai
Song #1 Rosie Balena | Song #2 Galeekay Morah Godinaa

Rooplal Girdharie
Song #1 Goriya Ray | Song #2 Sweet Dulahin

Rikki Jai
Song #1 Kanhija | Song #2 Ah Coh Show You

Rikki Jai
Song #1 She Leave Meh and Gone Away | Song #2 Rock-a-by Baby

2003 (Tie)
Rikki Jai
Song #1 River Lime | Song #2  I’m a Trini
Heeralal Rampartap
Song #1  Mai Pyar Ho Gaya... | Song #2 Raat aur Din Mey Tarsat Rahelay

Rooplal Girdharie
Song #1 Dulhanya | Song #2  Nobody eh going Home

Heeralal Rampartap
Song #1 Kay-Paharie | Song #2  Run For Meh Life

Rooplal Girdharie
Song #1 Dholak Bhajayai | Song #2  The Last Jump Up

Rooplal Girdharie
Song #1 Oh Mere Piya | Song #2  Here Now

Rooplal Girdharie
Song #1 Aaye Sajanee Peeya Moray (chutney monarch | Song #2 Crazy For You (groovy monarch)

Kenneth Salick
Song - Radica

Ravi B
Song - Ah Drinka

Song -White Oak and Water

Kris Veeshal “KI” Persad
Song - Single Forever

Raymond"Showstoppa"Ramnarine -
Song - I Ain't Marridin' No  More

2014 - Kris Vishal "KI" Persad
Song - Runaway

2015 - Ravi B & Rikki Jai

Song - CSM20

2016 - KI (Kris Veeshal Persad)
Song - Same Gyal Twice

2017 - Ravi B - Budget (Tie)

2017 - Omardath Maraj - Ramsingh (Tie)

2018 -  Nishard Mayrhoo and Neval Chatelal
Song - Masala

2019 - Nishard Mayrhoo and Neval Chatelal
Song - Fyah

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