Edited by Azizi Powell
This is Part III in a four part series of posts about the meanings of the words "sweet" and "sugar" in Soca music. These posts use song titles, lyrics, artist's names, and comments from YouTube video comment threads.
Part III showcases two recordings of songs entitled "Sweet Soca Music".
Part I focuses on the various meanings of the word "sweet" and showcases the song "Sweet Music" by the Founder of Soca music Lord Shorty (Ras Shorty). Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/08/what-sweet-means-in-soca-music.html for Part I of this series.
Part II showcases the Calypso/Soca superstar Baron. Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/08/baron-find-yourself-and-sweet-soca-man.html for Part II of this series.
Part IV focuses on the various meanings of the word "sugar" and showcases a song by Calypso/Soca superstar Lord Kitchener and a song by the Soca superstar Sugar Aloe. Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/08/what-sugar-means-in-soca-music.html for Part IV of this series.
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WHAT THE PHRASE SWEET SOCA MUSIC MEANS
I believe that the word "sweet" in the phrase "Sweet soca music" means "beloved".
It seems to me that the popularity of the phrase "sweet soca music" is probably attributed in large part to its alliteration. However, that phrase "works" (fits well) because it embodies the admiration/approval meaning of the word "sweet" while it speaks to an aesthetic preference for a certain type of music and a certain type of voice tone. Read Part I for information & comments about the meanings of the word "sweet" in the context of Soca music.
I have also seen the phrase "sweet Trini music" and "sweet Trini culture" in various YouTube comment threads. I believe that the word "sweet" in those phrases also has the meaning "beloved".
"Trini" is a contemporary colloquial referent for "Trinidad".
FEATURED MUSIC EXAMPLES
Example #1: Sugar Daddy - Sweet Soca Music
SugarDaddyVEVO, Uploaded on May 11, 2011
My speculation about the stage name "Sugar Daddy" are included in Part IV of this series.
To date, all the comments in this video are in French (which unfortunately I can't read without the use of an online translator to English.)
Example #2: New Teddyson John | SWEET SOCA MUSIC [2013 St Lucian Soca][Produced By Precision Productions]
Julianspromos Main, Published on May 16, 2013
Written by Jelani Nedd of Cloud9tt & Kasey Phillips, Background Vocals by Jenna Gaston
Guitars by Keron "Sheriff" Thompson. Produced & Mixed by Precision Productions. Mastered by Mike Wells CA.
As the spirit of Carnival descends upon the beautiful isle of St. Lucia, an undeniable call to freedom is released into the air, by the reigning Groovy Monarch himself, Teddyson "TJ" John.
In a perfectly sweetened mix of rhythm and soul, Precision Productions concocts a tuneful serum designed to soothe masqueraders, who have been longing for this season's return, while simultaneously injecting their hearts with the frenzied joy only "Sweet Soca Music" can provide.
And, in only his first writing endeavour with the team, Jelani Nedd of Cloud9tt, brings to life that sublime feeling of this festival's music with poetic phrasing and imaginative descriptions.
With its matchless energy, this track is sure to have listeners happily chipping throughout the streets.
Here are a few comments from this video's viewer comment thread:
"whatttt a chune"
-Wasim Khan, 2013
"Tune" here means the entire song (record, "jam") and not just the melody. Another way of writing "tune" which signals "Caribbean-ness" is "chune". The word "tune" or "chune" are sometimes written with repeated vowels (Tuuune!; "Chuuune!") to express heightened satisfaction & approval. ·
BIG HIT, JUST HIT MEH RIDDIM , JUST GIVE MEH THAT SWEET SOCA MUSIC
-Jay Roberts, 2013
"Riddim" (meaning "rhythm") is another signal of Caribbean commentary.
Thanks to Sugar Daddy and Teddyson John for their music. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post, and thanks to the publishers of the videos which are showcased in this post.
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