Officially, the Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago this year is 15-16 February, but like every year almost every artists is boasting a number one hit. In fact the competition is ongoing throughout the year as if the carnival season is year round. Let’s see what has been out there recently and which songs are currently running up for this year Carnival’s anthem.
Machel Montano – Remedy
Put on Youtube in October 2014, but already tagged with ‘soca 2015’, Machel Montano’s first release for the Carnival Season 2015 is called Remedy. The song is being picked up and definitely a strong contestant. The video clip is focused on conveying the sticky lyrics (Oh Na Na Nah) and is still leaving behind other Machel Montano songs such as Like Ah Boss, Endless Wuk, Getting On Bad and Erupt. Rumors are out that Shaggy will join this song for a ‘refix’. Yes, this Trinidadian soca singer is always very productive as he is also featuring a lot of other artists.
Olatunji – Ola (Kan Kan Riddim)
So far, Olatunji Yearwood has scored the biggest soca hit 2015 with the help of the Kan Kan Riddim. It is a very distinct template that has successfully been adopted with the song Ola. Strangely, my first association with it was the World Cup In South Africa (Shakira – Waka Waka). Either way, as soon as the song kicks off it immediately makes you want to put it on repeat. The smooth soca riddim with Olatunji’s singing on top makes this tune also my personal favorite – probably because the African sense.
Destra Garcia – Piece Ah Dat
Ok, besides the previous two obvious hits let’s add a female artist whose song is seriously not getting enough attention. Destra Garcia’s Piece Ah Dat maybe isn’t so original, but it can be described as a perfect example of ‘the soca recipe’. Maybe the song better comes into its own when it will be brought live on stage during the Carnival festivals, supported by Destra’s enormous amount of energy.