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 firstname.lastname@example.org
form of ‘you’ or ’All of you’.
which has occurred.
available during the sugar cane harvest especially at Christmas. It is
illegally brewed but still remains quite popular with rum
confusion.Definition 2:- To behave in a disorderly manner.
excessive drinking and promiscuity.
disrespectful manner, usually made by a young child to a parent or
interest at heart. They say unpleasant and harmful things by criticizes
everything others say or do.
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.
gourds. This green fruit is not edible but it is mainly used to make
bags, cups, bowls, etc…
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.
describe a particular situation, place, object.
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.
Caribbean islands which has elements of an Indian influence. The melody
isa fusion of soca and Indian beats with Hindi and broken English lyrics.
focus or to give your all when dancing.
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).
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.
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.
carry out an unfaithful act.Definition 2:- A conch shell which is used as
a musical instrument.
2:- ‘the Iron band’- the use of metal and steel instruments to
create music, eg. Steel pans, triangles, pots, pans and spoons.
mud, oil and paint, bands of revellers portray darker elements of the island’s folklore and history.
bands will get judged on their carnival costume. Marking will include use
of colour, creativeness and historic background.
spirit of a dead person.
up or have a good time.
other people’s business and spread rumours. This can also be described as
bands, where people come to register and make payments on their costumes.
Costumes are also made here ready for distribution to band members.
someone or a specific situation.
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.
world come to the Caribbean to do. Patrons are adorned in beautiful
costumes and dance, sing and drink, on the carnival route.
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
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.
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).
following one’s breakup or separation from one’s significant other.
gyration of the hips and waist. This method is normally done in a slow to
rotation of the hips and waist. This must be done in time with the music
and is usually a faster pace of a wine.
form of ‘you’ or ’All of you’ or ‘You guys’.