Afro Soca a Mix of Afro Beats & Soca Rhythms

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What is Afro Soca? Many have asked this question with the proliferation of Soca subgenres playing on the radio and released constantly on streaming platforms. One can characterize the new music as Caribbean artists mixing Nigerian Afro beats with Soca rhythms. Looking back, one can identify the start of the new music trend in 2014 when Machel Montano remixed Timaya's 'Shake Your Bum Bum'. That remix was well-received leading to many more overtures into Afrocentric sounds. 

After listening to an Afro Soca offering it is easy to recognize that Afro beats are infused with Groovy Soca and not Power Soca. The beat is mid-tempo and falls in the 135 and below range. So how does one recognize a track as an Afro Soca track? To get an answer for that we turn to the Redbullmusicacademy's "Essential Guide To Soca". In their assessment of Afro Soca they had this to say regarding Afro Soca:
"Afro Soca tracks are generally analogous in tempo to Groovy Soca (slower soca in the 110 to 135 BPM range), often with a guitar melody of seeming West African origin. Lyrically, these songs tend to express a certain awareness of their role in connecting the Caribbean and Africa (Olatunji name-checks Afro Soca on “Oh Yay”; in his “Block D Road” verse, Stonebwoy calls out Trinidad & Tobago and St. Lucia). “If you look at every era of soca music, it has always been touched and tinged by contemporary sounds of the day from disco in the ’70s all the way to EDM,” says Trinidadian producer LAZABEAM, one half of the production team Jus Now. “And now that’s happening with Afrobeats in Afro Soca.”" 
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