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Roots Rock Soca
Black Stalin
Roots Rock Soca
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Soca, the heated-up, contemporary extension of the Trinidadian calypso tradition, has a reputation as party music, frequently with bawdy lyrics. Black Stalin brings a strong dose of social consciousness to the party. "Wait...  more »

      
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All Artists: Black Stalin
Title: Roots Rock Soca
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder Select
Release Date: 2/14/1992
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Trinidad, Soca
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011661503823, 011661503847

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Soca, the heated-up, contemporary extension of the Trinidadian calypso tradition, has a reputation as party music, frequently with bawdy lyrics. Black Stalin brings a strong dose of social consciousness to the party. "Wait Dorothy Wait" is an amusing story of his attempts to write some crowd-pleasing smut, only to have his social conscience override his commercial instincts. (He's done all right as a composer of conscience -- he's been crowned "National Calypso Monarch" in Trinidad's national competitions in 1979, 1985, 1987, and 1991.) This compilation spans more than 10 years and was assembled by Caribbean music authority Gene Scaramuzzo, who also transcribed the lyrics and wrote the detailed liner notes.

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One of the Greats of Caribbean Music
03/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sadly, there is litte exposure to soca (whose name is a combination of the two genres from which it borrows- soul and calypso) for Americans, other than BET's "Caribbean Rhythm" show, and ethnic community festivals in Brooklyn. Most of what is heard today is more party music than anything else, and a lot of it great. Black Stalin is soca's answer to Bob Dylan. This is an essential recording."