We are in the Soca season here in Jamaica and I LOVE IT!!!! Never liked it before but I believe attending UWI and having soca junkies in my presence helped to changed that. I’ve learnt a handful about this genre and the impact it has on the Jamaican people. I’m grateful that it was introduced as it promotes integration. If you are a junkie or like the music, you notice that your circle of revelers are not just Jamaican but a diverse group of persons all wanting to share in the same thing.  

Yes, with this integration it means that you would need to go with some sense and not just jump when someone agrees to loving soca as not everyone is nice.

Being a lover of the genre that causes for you to start dancing from your feet up, and to be loose in more ways than one. I’m shocked when people say that they don’t like SocaThe only reason I can remember one person said, is that the beat is the same for most songs; to each his own.

However as a music lover and one who loves every opportunity to dance. It’s the simplest avenue for you to move. Though I may not be on the same level of those seasoned junkies, anywhere mi deh …. 

Ah jus want tuh play mehself
Leave meh leh meh play ah mas!
I jus wah tuh wine on someting! I cyah mek no bumpa pass 
Meh pride in de lost and found!
Watch meh how ah winin down!
I all on de dutty ground!
And nuttin can stop me now!

As mentioned before, it promotes integration, bearing in mind the informal rules while at a fete, you have a free pass to wine on almost any bumper. Unlike a Dancehall where men don’t get the oportunity to dance any girl. With Soca, if you never had a girl before, you must find a willing bumpa by the fete done. With songs such as Like A Boss, Just A Little Bit, I Am Soca, Soca Palance, you are guaranteed to squat,wine, bubble and chip. 


Then there’s the grand event that ends all events for the season which is The road march, where you  get pretty, tone or loose the weight for the longest dance you’ll do until the next march. Where it’s funny is that without the music, nuff a we nah walk fi so long- weh dat a go? With the music, having your friends around, feeling sexy, stealing a whine with few people, letting that rum simmer soak in. With all that taken into consideration, its the best day ever. The unfortunate effect is that you may suffer from Carnival Tabanca Tuesdays. Thank God for YouTube and promoters that host parties now and then. 


And when yuh feel that de soca done,
Well is more soca to come,
And when yuh feel that de wining done,
Well is more wining to come,
And when yuh feel that de jumpin done,
Well is more jumpin to come,
And when yuh feel that de soca done,
Well is more soca to come,
Come, come , come , come


Lyrics:  http://islandlyrics.com/lyrics-kerwin_du_bois_ft_patrice_roberts-i_am_soca.htm#sthash.kUtqYXMa.dpuf







Bob Marley: The Lyrical Advocate

Many of us while living our lives feel strongly about particular issues and raise awareness, whether it be through the arts, forums or the media. Unfortunately, in our plight to let these issues be known, we at times become violent and cloud the idea we envisioned. The results of this shows that, people already know, didn’t know or did not know how to start and in the end feel encouraged to support the cause. Throughout this venture to raise awareness about the issue, we learn that not all persons will agree with our reasoning.

Robert Nesta Marley who was inspired by Rastafari, stood for social change and with his words stirred the pockets of a deeper consciousness with lyrics such as

Open your eyes and look within: Are you satisfied (with the life you’re living)?  -Exodus

How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?- Redemption Song

Words such as these made ‘The Gong’ held in high esteem today. Even years after, his legacy lives on; whether it be through his music, his quotes, his images and let’s not forget his children who are taking the name to higher levels.

The One Love Peace concert, was one such event that made people reconsider their actions due to the political unrest that took place between the two parties People’s National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the seventies. During the concert he called the then Prime Minister Michael Manley; leader of the PNP and Opposition leader Edward Seaga for the JLP to the stage for them to shake hands. Later that year he was presented with the United Nations Peace Medal of the Third World. It was there in his speech that he said

“Them gonna follow the example we set. When we come together the whole world gonna look and seh ‘It can be done.”

Jamaica has been fortunate to have other lyrical advocates such as Buju Banton, Peter Tosh and I’ll even add Vybz Kartel. For the latter, he mentioned during his interview in 2011 on the popular Jamaican show  On Stage that “the people have the power”…. now if he was able to notice that and use it to his advantage, why shouldn’t we for all the right reasons?

“If you believe you can make a difference, not just in politics, in public service, in advocacy around all these important issues, then you have to be prepared to accept that you are not going to get 100 percent approval”- Hilary Clinton

Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa, Bree Newsome, Bram Fischer, Michael J Fox and Nelson Mandela are all people that decided to make a change in their society because they were not comfortable with the situations present at the time. These people were not perfect, but they received help from others who also shared these views to create the change they wanted to see.

We all have the charge to make things better for ourselves and for those in our society. Don’t feel intimidated by the work that is out there, with confidence, optimism and and open mind you can achieve what you want. Express yourself in whatever way you can, Bob Marley did it through song and it reached millions.

Even if it is a tweet; DO IT. You’ll be surprised at who is paying attention.



Sources: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/hillarycli676717.html#DrZPUCyAcFsZh8cc.99