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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Mayaro The Band - The Dhoti Song (Chutney Soca) sound file & lyrics

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases a sound file and lyrics to Mayaro The Band's late 2013/early 2014 record "The Dhoti Song". This post also provides information about Soca Chutney (also known as "Chutney Soca"), and includes information about "The Dhoti Song", definitions of the word "dhoti" and
definitions of certain other words that are found in "The Dhoti Song".

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

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INFORMATION ABOUT CHUTNEY SOCA
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chutney_Soca
"In Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana & Suriname Chutney-Soca music is a crossover style of music incorporating Soca elements and Hindi-English lyrics, Chutney music, with Indian instruments like the dholak and dhantal.

The term chutney soca was first coined by Drupatee Ramgoonai of Trinidad & Tobago in 1987 in her first album entitled Chutney Soca, with both English & Hindi versions of the songs. The current style of spelling of the term was not established then & she spelt it as " Chatnee Soca". The following year her mega hit "Roll up de Tassa" was instrumental in creating a commercial market for this type of music internationally. Drupatee has spoken about the blending of Afro & Indo melodies & rhythms in songs like Chatnee Soca & Hotter than ah Chulha". Chutney is a melody & soca is a beat. Drupatee used an ancient Indian melody called a lawnee with the soca beat in her rendition of "O Tassawalley" & has released a legacy of Chutney Soca music.

Chutney soca is a prime example of how Indo-Trinidadians have established roots in Trinidad also Antigua and have created an original, syncretic art form.[1] Resulting from the intervention of Indo-Trinidadians into Soca music in the 1980s,[2] the addition of chutney soca to the island's musical life signified a consolidation of the East Indian influence on Trinidadian culture and politics, particularly during the 1990s."
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Also click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soca_music for information about the history of Soca music, and click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chutney_music for information about the history of Chutney music, including this section on Chutney sub-genres:
"The origin of chutney being in the Caribbean has meant that it's been in close contact with different peoples, traditions, and other musical styles since its inception. According to the government of Trinidad and Tobago, roughly 35% of the country's population is of Indian descent, another 34% of African descent, and the remaining 31% composed of a mix of European, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and other ancestry. This has allowed chutney to fuse with other genres and/or implement new instruments into its own style, creating an array of syncretic subgenres including ragga chutney, chutney-bhangra, chutney hip-hop, soca-bhangra, and chutney soca.

Chutney soca is the most notable of these, as it has become virtually indistinguishable from what is considered normal chutney in recent years"...

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INFORMATION ABOUT "THE DHOTI SONG"
From http://www.islandmix.com/backchat/f16/mayaro-band-dhoti-song-2014-t-t-chutney-soca-produced-roger-rabbit-263915/
"Brand new Chutney Soca from Mayaro The Band called "The Dhoti Song". This one is serious kicks!!
I can already picture Snakey & Mayaro The Band getting into the Chutney Soca Monarch Finals singing this one!!

Written and performed by Heaven 'Snakey' Charles of Mayaro The Band,
Produced by Roger 'Rabbit' Ramoutar, Executive Producer - Joel Ali,
Mixed and Mastered at Mystic Studios.
Join us at www.facebook.com/mayarotheband

'The Dhoti Song' is Mayaro The Band's introduction into the Soca Chutney Arena. This song brings feelings of happiness and fun when one hears it for the first time; so much so that it can be put on 'repeat' and the fun never gets dull! "We wanted to bring out a Soca Chutney that leaves everyone encased in a euphoric state of mind; it's all good fun!", says Joel Ali, leader of Mayaro the Band."

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SHOWCASE SOUND FILE: "New" Mayaro The Band - The Dhoti Song "Soca Chutney 2014" [HD]



Soca Music, Published on Dec 2, 2013
Hope you guys enjoyed!
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Here's a comment from that sound file's viewer comment thread:
northern spearwolf, 2014
"This is ah big song, the first time I heard it I was in stitches, it really made me laugh. Only ah Trini could make ah humorous tune like that. Big up to Mayaro The Band, hope you guys are successful in your endeavours."
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"Trini = "Trinidad"

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LYRICS "THE DHOTI SONG"
(Heaven 'Snakey' Charles)

If yuh know yuh dhoti short
If yuh know yuh dhoti short
Don't be afraid son tuh lengthen it with cloth.
If yuh dhoti short, if yuh dhoti short,
If yuh dhoti short, I ah lengthen it with cloth
Don't wait till people tell yuh dat yuh gettin
If yuh dhoti short, I ah lengthen it with cloth.

Listen
Hannah mother mother boastin say dat she have ah date
Hannah mother mother boastin
Hannah boastin, Hannah boastin say dat she have ah date
She dress up in she saree and end up by de gate
She playin with she long hair, she wait, wait, wait
The fella pull up in ah pretty car
She date pull up in ah nice car
But he dhoti so short, he lookin like ah footballer
He look like Van Percy from Manchester
She say nahi, nahi, nahi, nahi
And she ain't goin anywhere with he
Yuh mad.


If yuh dhoti short, if yuh dhoti short,
If yuh dhoti short, I ah lengthen it with cloth
Don't wait till people tell yuh dat yuh gettin naught
If yuh dhoti short, I ah lengthen it with cloth.

Lengthen yuh dhoti, lengthen yuh dhoti.

Look everybody, everybody
Whattt, look everybody in de Maticoor
Look everybody in de Maticoor
Deh lookin at dis young boy who name **
Wearin ah dhoti uncomfortable
De dhoti thin and it young, young, young
De dhoti tight and it young, young, young
Like he tryin to tuck it fuh circulation
he **and ah young gyal and when she turn round
She say nahi, nahi, nahi, nahi
And she ain't goin anywhere with he
Hahahahaha!

If yuh dhoti short, if yuh dhoti short,
If yuh dhoti short, I ah lengthen it with cloth
Don't wait till people tell yuh dat yuh gettin naught
If yuh dhoti short, I ah lengthen it with cloth.

If is one ting we doesn't want to see
Is ah short dhoti, is ah short dhoti
Ah was talkin to meh friend Savetri
She doh want no short dhoti round she
No way, yuh mad. If yuh dhoti short,

if yuh dhoti short, If yuh dhoti short,
I ah lengthen it with cloth
Don't wait till people tell yuh dat yuh gettin naught
If yuh dhoti short, I ah lengthen it with cloth.

Hannah mother mother boastin say dat she have ah date
Hannah mother mother boastin doh
Hannah boastin doh

Hannah mother mother boastin say dat she have ah date
Hannah mother mother boastin
Hannah boastin, Hannah boastin say dat she have ah date
She dress up in she saree and stand up by de gate
She playin with she hair while she wait, wait, wait
She date pull up in ah new car
The fella pull up in ah new car
But he dhoti so short, he lookin like ah footballer
He look like Van Percy from Manchester
She say nahi, nahi, nahi, nahi
And she ain't goin anywhere with he,
now way Yuh mad.

If yuh dhoti short, if yuh dhoti short,
If yuh dhoti short, I ah lengthen it with cloth
Don't wait till people tell yuh dat yuh gettin naught
If yuh dhoti short, I ah lengthen it with cloth

Source: http://islandlyrics.com/lyrics-mayaro_band-dhoti_song_dhoti_too_short_2014_chutney.htm

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EXPLANATIONS FOR CERTAIN WORDS IN THIS SONG
"Dhoti"
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhoti
"The dhoti, also known as pancha, mardani or veshti, is a traditional men's garment worn in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is a rectangular piece of unstitched cloth, usually around 4.5 metres (15 ft) long, wrapped around the waist and the legs and knotted at the waist, resembling a long skirt…. In Pakistan, dhotis are commonly worn by men as a traditional dress in the Punjab. The lungi is a similar piece of cloth worn widely in Asia and Africa in a similar manner".

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"saree" = "sari"

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Maticoor
From http://www.trinidadexpress.com/woman-magazine/The_Hindu_Bride-106864673.html
"Maticoor night is more traditional than religious. On this night the young women administer a paste of saffron and coconut oil on the bride as well as the groom. But this act can be done just before the actual wedding day but traditionally the women in the family make it an event...Most Hindu weddings begin on the Friday (Maticoor), run through the Saturday and climax with the actual ceremony on the Sunday."

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"footballer" here means a soccer player.

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"Van Percy from Manchester = striker Robin van Persie from the United Kingdom's Manchester United
football [soccer] team

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Thanks to Mayaro The Band for composing and performing this song. Thanks to the transcriber of this song and thanks to all others who are quoted in this post. Hat tip to pancocojams commenter slam2011 for emailing me an inquiry about Chutney Soca music.

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Visitor comments are welcome.

2 comments:

  1. actually the a footballer is a footballer. Only America calls football 'soccer' the rest of the world calls it football because it is played with your foot. America took rugby, and called it 'football' when it is actually a modified game of rugby. They just want to be different.

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    1. I agree with what you said Unknown.

      But if I had referred to "soccer" as "football" on this USA based blog, a number of people would have been confused about what sport I was referring to.

      Thanks for your comment!

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