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Dancehall, soca and class wars

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 5:41 PM


In recent weeks, in the season of bacchanal and soca in the homeland of dancehall, the latter genre seems to be getting a beating. People are more willing to express themselves under the umbrella of soca than they are dancehall. The skimpiness and nakedness of carnival leaves nothing to the imagination, but the same cannot be said of dancehall.

The elites are more amenable to associating with soca than with dancehall, and it is obvious that a lot of money is being spent on costumes and on road march trucks.

Because dancehall is for the grass roots of our society and most persons cannot afford the grandeur of sophisticated outfits, they choose dancehall because it is more affordable.

Dancehall artiste Spice came out with her 'Indicator' song and it got a spanking at the national sportsman and sportswoman awards ceremony a few months ago. If it were a soca song, who knows? It might have got the blessing of patrons at the venue.


Don't get me wrong. None of those raunchy songs should be used for the occasion. This constant flirting and gyrating by performance artistes are an insult to the dignity and pride of our Christian-minded people. I know sex sells, but at what cost will we infiltrate our society with this type of behaviour?

Most persons consider the dancehall culture to be unfit for their children, but soca is seen as more acceptable. Politicians would be more willing to go to Trini carnival than to Passa Passa, Weddy Weddy or Hot Mondays when all of these shows were in existence.

This is definitely a class issue. We have to step back and take stock of the happenings around us. Why should the socaphiles have such free rein in our island?


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