This post showcases four sound files & one video of selected soca songs performed by the Jamaican band "Byron Lee & The Dragonnaires".
The content of this post is presented for historical, folkloric, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.
My thanks to Byron Lee & the Dragonnaires for their musical legacy. My thanks also to the composers of these songs, as well as to the producers & uploaders of these sound file and this video. All copyrights remain with their owners.
INFORMATION ABOUT BYRON LEE & THE DRAGONNAIRES
Byron Lee and the Dragonaires (known as Byron Lee's Dragonaires since Lee's death) are a Jamaican ska, calypso and soca band. The band played a crucial pioneering role in bringing Caribbean music to the world...****
Years active: 1950 to present
Genres: Ska, mento, reggae, calypso, soca...
From 1979, the Dragonaires output was heavily concentrated on calypso, soca, and mas, regularly performing at Trinidad & Tobago's carnival, and also touring the Caribbean and North America. Throughout the 1990s they were also regulars at Jamaica's carnival, and their "Dance Hall Soca" hit (recorded with Admiral Bailey) was credited with starting the ragga-soca craze of the late 1990s...
Byron Lee died on 4 November 2008...
The band has continued since Lee's death, with the name slightly altered to Byron Lee's Dragonaires.
FEATURED SOUND FILES AND VIDEOS
[These songs are presented in no particular order.]
Video #1: Byron Lee - Dollar Wine
Uploaded by fetetv on Jan 31, 2008
Byron Lee is in the fete. Juck Juck Juck...See you in the Caribbean.
A number of bloggers on this sound file's viewer comment thread debated which Caribbean nation this song came from. Here are two comments from that comment thread http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=QUQ_nZSJ6g8:
"It doesn't matter who want to claim this song this was an intercaribbean effort, colin lucas from trinidad sing it first, byron lee remade it with a lead singer who was definitely not a jamaican so in conclusion stfu and enjoy the music and be proud to be west indian and if your not west indian come and have a good time anyhow."
"Collin Lucas composed and performed song in 1991. It won road March Titles in England, Canada and South Florida that year. He also recorded it with the Trinidad Band called Taxi in 1994. Byron Lee covers music and plays mostly Calypso and later Soca music already made popular by original artists for each year that the song he plays came out since the 1960's. Easy to check original recordings. Please refer to Album credits on CDS and records if you have them ."
-bujudoug1 ; 2011
Video #2: Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Tiny Winey.mp4
Uploaded by DJManquin on Dec 11, 2011
This is the official clip of this song
Video #3: Byron Lee - Doh Rock It So
Uploaded by trinigyal15 on Jul 11, 2008
Video #4: Soca Butterfly-Bryon Lee
Uploaded by GuyanaBaboo247 on Aug 9, 2009
Video #5: Byron Lee - Walk & Wine (Conga Line) [SOCA]
Uploaded by TheSocaMan on Feb 27, 2009
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