Harbourfront Centre is gearing up for Kuumba. For three days (Feb. 7-9), we celebrate Black History Month with music, comedy, dance, film, family activities and of course Soca on Ice.
Nobody is more exited for a night of skating to calypso and soca chunes than CBC News Toronto anchor, Dwight Drummond. He teams up with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince to get our annual carnival-themed party started.
We asked Dwight Drummond to choose his favourite soca songs in advance of Soca on Ice. We’re sure you will like his selection.
Here are some soca videos for you to check out:
Roy Cape All Stars & Blaxx – “Leh Go”
I heard this song during Trinidad Carnival last year. I wasn’t lucky enough to be there but I saw Blaxx perform it at Carnival on TV and the crowd went wild. One of my favourites from last year.
Bunji Garlin – “Differentology”
This award-winning song was one of the big hits for 2013. Just a catchy song and I love the horns on the hook. Bunji does it again.
Byron Lee and the Dragonaires - “Tiny Winey”
They claim Jamaicans don’t like soca and calypso but this one packed the dance floor at all the Jamaican weddings I went to growing up. A classic song from a classic Jamaican band.
Check out the rest of Dwight’s playlist:
Harry Belafonte – “Matilda”
Harry Belafonte brought calypso to the world in the ’50s. The singer, actor and social activist’s more popular songs are “The Banana Boat Song” and “Jamaica Farewell” but I love “Matilda.”
Tallpree – “Old Woman Alone”
My wife is from Grenada and this song was a big hit while we were on the Island one summer. We heard it everywhere we went. My in-laws would not be happy if I didn’t include a Grenadian artist. They’ve taught me a lot about Soca and Calypso.
David Rudder – “Trini To De Bone”
I saw David Rudder perform at Harbourfront and he puts on a great show. I also love his song “The Hammer” but when he performs this one, no matter where we are from in the world, while he’s singing it we are all ‘Trini To De Bone’.
Supa Blue – “Soca Baptist”
My Uncle Roy had a Sound System called Mullings HiFi. While his specialty was reggae, all the West Indians would get down to this one at the basement parties. I think even my mom danced to this and she listens to Jim Reeves (yes, that Jim Reeves).
The Mighty Sparrow – “Obeah Wedding”
Sparrow has been on the scene for four decades now. He has so many songs it’s hard to pick one. I chose this song from him because I like the melody.
Explainer – “Lorraine”
Dr. Jay de Soca Prince – Toronto’s preeminent Soca DJ – always plays this one for me at Soca on Ice. As they would say in the Caribbean, “It’s just a sweet tune.”
Square One – “Togetherness”
The ladies make major contributions to this genre and Alison Hinds is a powerhouse. I like this song because of the positive vibes it promotes: “Love and unity, one big family, togetherness”. Plus it’s a great party song to dance to.
Dwight’s got his tried-and-true favourites, but we want to know – what are yours? Send us your soca tune for a chance to win a CBC Prize Pack for 4, which includes CBC retro winter gear, a Harbourfront Centre skate rental for 4 and a food voucher gift certificate for Harbourfront’s Lakeside Local. Click here for details.
Coming up next weekend is a special Yes Yes Y’all Valentine DJ Skate Nights event on the Natrel Rink. See you there!
Soca on Ice with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince
February 8, 2014