Chutney Soca: Soca Music with Trinidadian Indian Musical Rhythms


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 spelling of the term was not established then & she spelt 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.
via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Chutney Soca Monarch Winners

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

1996
Sonny Mann
Song #1 Lotay La | Song #2 Roll Bhowjie

1997
Heeralal Rampartap
Song #1 Basmatie | Song #2 Nacho Ray

1998
Rikki Jai
Song #1 Dulahin | Song #2 Jara Lage La

1999
Rikki Jai
Song #1 Rosie Balena | Song #2 Galeekay Morah Godinaa

2000
Rooplal Girdharie
Song #1 Goriya Ray | Song #2 Sweet Dulahin

2001
Rikki Jai
Song #1 Kanhija | Song #2 Ah Coh Show You

2002
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

2004
Rooplal Girdharie
Song #1 Dulhanya | Song #2  Nobody eh going Home

2005
Heeralal Rampartap
Song #1 Kay-Paharie | Song #2  Run For Meh Life

2006
Rooplal Girdharie
Song #1 Dholak Bhajayai | Song #2  The Last Jump Up

2007
Rooplal Girdharie
Song #1 Oh Mere Piya | Song #2  Here Now

2008
Rooplal Girdharie
Song #1 Aaye Sajanee Peeya Moray (chutney monarch | Song #2 Crazy For You (groovy monarch)

2009
Kenneth Salick
Song - Radica

2010
Ravi B
Song - Ah Drinka

2011
RIKKI JAI
Song -White Oak and Water

2012
Kris Veeshal “KI” Persad
Song - Single Forever

2013
Raymond"Showstoppa"Ramnarine - 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)
 

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