Soca Dictionary | Glossary

A list of words and phrases used in Soca Music, the soca scene and around the caribbean

"In the 1960's a new genre of music emerged from the caribbean, with it's up tempo beats it was deamed the soul of calypso music."

Have you ever asked yourself the question, "what is soca" or "what does that word in a particular song mean".

There are a lot of words that are used within Soca Music where people especially people who are new to soca may not understand here at Release D Riddim one of our goals is to make soca more accessible.

So we have provided this Dictionary so that the meaning and definitions can be found.

If you would like to contribute by adding to the Soca Dictionary or think that a word has been describe wrongly please contact us at info@releasedriddim.com

Aa

A surprised exclamation

Allyuh

Equivalent to the second person plural form of 'you' or ’All of you’.

Attaclapse

A scandalous or significant incident which has occurred.

Babash/ Bush-rum

An overproof rum, which is usual available during the sugar cane harvest especially at Christmas. It is illegally brewed but still remains quite popular with rum drinkers.

Bacchanal

Definition 1:- To create an agreement or confusion.

Definition 2:- To behave in a disorderly manner.

Bacchanalia

An ancient Greek festival, which involved excessive drinking and promiscuity.

Back Back

To reverse or move backwards.

Back Chat

The act of answering back to someone in a disrespectful manner, usually made by a young child to a parent or teacher.

Bad Mind

A negative person who never has your interest at heart. They say unpleasant and harmful things by criticizes everything others say or do.

Baku

Behind, Buttocks or Rear end

Barbara Green

The pavement

Bazodee

Disoriented. Totally confused.

Big truck

The 'main truck' on carnival day. Each carnival band will consist of two-three trucks but the 'big truck' is usually the first truck which plays the best music and has the soca artists who will perform throughout the day.

Calabash

An evergreen that produces large round gourds. This green fruit is not edible but it is mainly used to make bags, cups, bowls, etc...

Calypso

A type of music derived from Kaiso, which is popular in Trinidad and other Caribbean Islands. The songs are often based on political and social issues (social commentary) and is a good way to keep up-to-date with what is happening in each island.

Cheese on/Cheese on Bread

An exclamation, commonly used to describe a particular situation, place, object.

Chipping

The process of following the truck on carnival day. At this point the DJ plays a groovy/raga (slow) soca song and the revellers walk in time to the beat of the music, cooling down from the fast music which would have been played throughout the day.

Chutney Music

A type of music popular to the southern Caribbean islands which has elements of an Indian influence. The melody isa fusion of soca and Indian beats with Hindi and broken English lyrics.

Dingolay

To lose yourself in the music. To concentrate, focus or to give your all when dancing.

Fete

A series of organised parties usually held by promoters. The parties are usually a build up to one big celebration eg. (Carnival). Some of these parties are themed according to the time of the year.eg. (Easter fete, Summer fete).

Foreday Morning

Barbados's version of Jouvert, a night time street party which starts at 1am and goes on until the morning breaks. Revellers dance through the streets, covered in paint, mud or chocolate. This is an easier option for people who prefer a cooler jump and a shorter distance.

Gyal/Gal

A girl or woman.

Glow Fete

This is an annual party which takes place usually a week or two weeks before carnival day in various Caribbean island. All patrons are required to wear white, so that when the UV light hits the white clothing, it creates a glowing illusion.

Hard Ears

Troublesome, stubborn reluctant to hear when spoken to.

Horn

Definition 1:- To cheat, have an affair or carry out an unfaithful act.

Definition 2:- A conch shell which is used as a musical instrument.

Iron

Definition 1:- Male genitals.

Definition 2:- 'the Iron band'- the use of metal and steel instruments to create music, eg. Steel pans, triangles, pots, pans and spoons.

Jam

Definition 1:- A party/fete, where you enjoy yourself by dancing the night away.

Definition 2:- Dance with someone.

Definition 3:- No more room

J'ouvert

J'Ouvert (from the French 'jour ouvert' or 'day open') covered in chocolate, mud, oil and paint, bands of revellers portray darker elements of the island's folklore and history.

Judging point

This is the point where all the carnival bands will get judged on their carnival costume. Marking will include use of colour, creativeness and historic background.

Jumbie

Also known as a Duppy; meaning ghost or spirit of a dead person.

Lime

To chill or hang out with friends, catch up or have a good time.

Macco

A person who likes to get involved in other people’s business and spread rumours. This can also be described as being 'malicious'.

Mas Camp

This is a meeting point for carnival bands, where people come to register and make payments on their costumes. Costumes are also made here ready for distribution to band members.

Offset

To be extremely upset or angry with someone or a specific situation.

Oh Gosh

An exclamation equivalent to Oh my God. OMG!

Parang

Is a popular folk music derived from Trinidad and Tobago. Traditionally, parang music is played around Christmas time;people travel from house to house in the neighbour playing whatever comes to hand that can be played as a musical instrument.

Play Mas

This is what many people all over the world come to the Caribbean to do. Patrons are adorned in beautiful costumes and dance, sing and drink, on the carnival route.

Ramajay

To party.

Savannah

Queen’s Park Savannah is the largest open green space located in Port-of-Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, with a perimeter of a little over two miles. This is where several Carnival competitions take place as it has the capacity of fitting 15,000-18,000 people.

Soca

Soca derives from the words Soul and Calypso. In the 1960's a new genre of music emerged from the caribbean, with it's up tempo beats it was deamed the soul of calyps music.

Spring Garden Highway

This is where the climax of the carnival in Barbados takes place. Spring Garden Highway is also described as 'The Last Lap' as it is the last road on the carnival route, (from the Stadium to Spring Garden Highway).

Tabanca

An extreme sadness and/or a depression following one's breakup or separation from one's significant other.

Ting

Slang for the word ‘thing’.

Vex

To be upset or irritated with someone or a situation.

Wine

A form of dance which involves the gyration of the hips and waist. This method is normally done in a slow to medium pace.

Wuk/Wuk up

A form of dance which involves a clockwise rotation of the hips and waist. This must be done in time with the music and is usually a faster pace of a wine.

Wunna

Equivalent to the second person plural form of 'you' or ’All of you’ or ‘You guys’.
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