Ragga Soca: A Mixture of Jamaican Ragga Music & Trinidad's Soca


There was a time,  not so long ago, when Ragga Soca was in vogue in Trinidad and Tobago. There were Ragga Soca singers and a short lived Ragga Soca Competition. The competition had a shelf life of three years from 1999- 2001. Neil "Iwer George" won in 1999 while the man, considered to be the King of Ragga Soca, Bunji Garlin copped the top spots in 2000 and 2001. 

One final note to avoid some confusion. The Ragga Soca music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago is not the same as what is known as Ragga Soca out of Saint Vincent. Trinidad's Ragga Soca used Soca Rhythms and vocals that was stylized along the lines of Jamaican dancehall vocals. We consider  Saint Vincent's Ragga Soca the same and Trinidad's Groovy Soca. 

Here is an abstract from an article written by Glenda Alicia E. Leung. The article was first published 11/06/2009:

"In the late 1990s, a new musical genre emerged in Trinidad called Ragga Soca. Ragga Soca is described as the product of blending Trinidad's indigenous Soca music with Jamaican Dancehall. One peculiarity of Ragga Soca is the borrowing of Jamaican Creole English phonological features into the performance genre.

Initially, there was much opposition to this genre as it challenged notions of Trinidadian identity and self. This paper considers the linguistic innovativeness of Ragga Soca  artists, in particular, their use of Jamaican Creole English phonological borrowings, demonstrating that they have not only created a new performance genre, but have used Jamaican Creole English to mediate their Trinidadian identity."
via http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/

Ragga Soca Competition Winners (Trinidad & Tobago)
This competition was canceled/lost appeal because of the Soca Monarch Competition and lack of Financial support for what was considered a Jamaican style of music that was loved and followed by the young at heart. The business community was not interested with this youthful exuberance exhibited by these young followers of a misunderstood style of music. People saw the sub-genre as a continuation of Dancehall music that once crippled the calypso industry and had people like Lord Shorty seeking alternative ways to stem the tide of the Jamaican music tsunami that rocked Trinidad and Tobago. 

The following information was sourced from the website tntisland.com:
  • 1999 - Iwer George - Iwer And Ah Half
  • 2000 - Bunji Garlin - Chant Down Babylon
  • 2001 - Bunji Garlin - Licks

Here is a Ragga Soca song that I like and chose to post the song simply because it identifies with the name of the music genre, "Ragga Soca"! This song was vocalized by the man who is simply the best Ragga Soca Singer in the whole damn World - Bunji Garlin!

We are also enlisting a late addition to the mix. Along with the track 'Ragga Soca' we are also posting one entitled 'iRagga' also by Bunji Garlin.

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