• Kailah

Staying Up to Date with Soca Mixes During (and Beyond) the COVID-19 Pandemic

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A fun fact about me... I LOVE SOCA.

I was introduced to Caribbean carnival in 2015 and I’ve been in love with the culture, music and vibes ever since (I’ll save my full spiel of who, what, where, when, why and how for another post).

I listen to soca daily; it’s a requirement for my sanity. Soca gives me an energy boost that's indescribable, and during this time of uncertainty I turn to soca music now more than ever to keep my spirits lifted.

Here are a few tips for how I keep up with soca (and carnival) year round.

- following TheProudCaribbean on Twitter (they‘re also on Instagram). TheProudCaribbean periodically curates playlists which are available on Apple Music and Spotify. They currently have a pinned tweet of all their playlists on Apple Music.

- following TheGlobalCarnivalist , a renown carnival chaser and influencer who stays in the know with everything soca & carnival. Her website is a gold mine for info and tips.

- downloading SocaBuzz; a carnival/soca lifestyle app *SocaBuzz has an Instagram page as well*.

Within the app there's a music tab with a collection of DJs and their mixes.

Two of my favorite DJs featured on this app are DJ Aswaad and DJ Jel

- simply by chance. I follow several bands, soca/carnival lifestyle pages and hashtags on Instagram. Honestly this is one of the easiest ways to keep up with latest topics, trends, and the hottest/latest mixes.

Here are some of my fave playlists I've come across in light of this COVID-19 Pandemic

DJ Dingo: Jab Chronicles Vol 4 DJ Aswaad: This is Soca Carnival 2020

DJ Jel: 2020 Carnival Cool Down

The Proud Caribbean: The Quarantine Playlist

DJ Kevin: The Mix Up Vol 33

* an extra credit mix: not soca, more Afro beats & reggae/dancehall but still a goodie. Issa Whine is a monthly Caribbean party hosted in Philly. Their 2 year anniversary event was postponed because of the 'rona but they still composed this fire mix.

DJ AMH and DJ LeanWitIt: Issa Whine Mixtape Vol 1

Happy Listening!

Composed with humility and truth,

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