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Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Soca artists pay tribute to legends in song

The Mighty Shadow who passed away last year is one of the legends artists are paying tribute.

The Mighty Shadow who passed away last year is one of the legends artists are paying tribute.

 Soca artists are paying homage to the legends this Carnival.

This trend has become apparent with the passing of musical legends such as Shadow, Lord Superior and De Fosto in 2018.

In his new release, Bunji Garlin pays tribute to the Mighty Shadow, who passed away from a stroke in October.

The song, SOCA, was written by Garlin and his wife Fay Ann and features live brass from The All Stars and live bass and guitar from Lewis McIntosh.

The song, reminiscent of a 90s soca, invokes Shadow’s spirit with its sound.

“I was trying to feel out this musical itch In my head while I was talking to producer Nikholai Greene and I kinda hum, sing, mumble the idea and I was like yo, let’s try to build something with this vibe nah man. He was immediate with a response ‘that real bad”,” said Garlin of the inspiration for the song.

He said Shadow was a big inspiration for him especially with his choice of colour.

“I was always a Shadow fan, that’s partly why the all black stays with me. I say it’s the colour of the warrior and Shadow was a warrior that everyone respected. I wanted to feel out that same, strong but happy melody and unusual but simple story set up.”

San Fernando-based singer Pharaoh also has a song in tribute to Shadow called Formula. The Kenny Phillips produced track envisions the artist receiving a song from Shadow to carry on his music.

In his song, ‘Try’, Keegan Taylor, who goes by the sobriquet Tendaji, teamed up with M1 for a remake of Black Stalin’s “We Can Make it if We Try”.

Black Stalin, who has been out of the performance arena since suffering a stroke in 2014, released that song in 1988.

In a listening party at which Loop was present, Taylor said he felt it was an appropriate song to match the temperature of the country with so many people out of jobs.

“Last year I felt the vibe to do it and in the remembrance of the living legends, I asked myself who are the masters in calypso we need to be honouring?” he said, noting that he did a collaboration with Sparrow five years ago.

“This calypso thing is an art form that bury deep in ancestors and vibes, so we recognise Black Stalin as a living chantuelle,” said Taylor, who is a stickfighter.

He said he had the honour of visiting Stalin and presenting him with a painting that forms part of the artwork for the song.

Stalin, he revealed, will be in the video for the song.

The song was produced by Keshav Chandradathsingh, who maintained the integrity of the song by retaining most of Stalin’s vocals.




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