When it comes to the vast universe that is music, I'm a believer in keeping the mind as wide open as possible. Yes I'm privy to indie-esque psychadelia-funk-uncategorizable stuff but I still know and can sing every word of Taylor Swift's Mine.
For now though, let's open our minds to SOCA music- the main course at music carnivals in the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Like Sean Paul on speed consider it red bull for the ears or music with a purpose.
"The intention of the energy of soca music is to really uplift people; really make them smile; keep them happy; make them celebrate even in the toughest times," says Machel Montano, soca's biggest star. "The economy is down — you hear some soca music, you're gonna want to go out and party, even if you have to borrow the money."
Soca stands for "soul of calypso," and it was pretty much invented in the 1970s by Trinidadian artist Lord Shorty, who claimed that the soul of calypso was as multicultural as his island's African and East Indian descendants.
Here's a taste of it; I must admit, it's not my cuppa tea but it did make me giggle :)