InterNations Oslo Caribbean SOCA Rhythms
Soca music is a genre of music defined by Lord Shorty as the Soul of Calypso, African and East Indian rhythms. It was originally spelled Sokah by its inventor but through an error in a local newspaper when reporting on the new music it was erroneously spelled Soca, Lord Shorty confirmed the error but chose to leave it that way to avoid confusion. It is a genre of music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the early 1970s and developed into a range of styles during the 1980s and after. Soca was initially developed by Lord Shorty in an effort to revive traditional Calypso, the popularity of which had been flagging amongst younger generations in Trinidad due to the rise in popularity of Reggae from Jamaica and Soul and Funk from the USA. Soca is an offshoot of Kaiso/Calypso, with influences from East Indian rhythms and hooks.
Soca has evolved since the 1980s primarily through musicians from various Anglophone Caribbean countries, not only from its birthplace Trinidad and Tobago but also from Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, the US, and British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Guyana, and Belize. There have also been significant productions from artists in Venezuela, Canada, Panama, the US, the United Kingdom, and Japan
Joining us will be guest DJ Mathias from Paris! Put on some Carnival outfits, and have your drinks ready!