Soca (Trinidad and Tobago)

Soca is a faster version of calypso that has substantial influence throughout the Caribbean. Trinidadian musician Ras Shorty generally receives credit for originating it in 1963 when he added Indian instruments such as the dholak and the the tabla to calypso. In the 1970s calypsonians such as Shorty had also added soul, disco and funk, transforming the genre into internationally popular dance party music. Today soca remains popular throughout the Caribbean, especially the more overtly East Indian chutney. A brief history.

COUNTRY: Trinidad and Tobago
KEY INSTRUMENTS: Bass, Dhantal, Dholak, Drum kit, Guitar, Tabla, Trumpet, Trombone
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