soca

noun
so·​ca | \ ˈsō-kə How to pronounce soca (audio) , -kä \

Definition of soca

: a blend of soul and calypso music

Examples of soca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For prolific soca artist Destra Garcia, known simply as Destra, these feelings can be summed up with the Trini word tabanca, which describes a feeling of deep loss and unrequited love. Car Drakes, Condé Nast Traveler, "Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Musicians on a Year Without Carnival," 11 Feb. 2021 But the event is still big business, and an important way in which the island nation exports its culture elsewhere; notably, through its fast-moving soca music. Car Drakes, Condé Nast Traveler, "Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Musicians on a Year Without Carnival," 11 Feb. 2021 For a little over four hours, DJs from Birmingham, Los Angeles, and Atlanta played reggae and soca music while officials from various tourism offices and Caribbean islands logged in to give viewers well wishes. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, "GIFT GUIDE 2020: Miss social events? Then donate to the organizations that host them," 2 Dec. 2020 The diverse and hyped crowds dance along with the soca beats blasting from the floats along the 3.5-mile route. Marthe Van Der Wolf, The Christian Science Monitor, "Black Britain’s biggest festival hit pause. But the music didn’t stop.," 31 Aug. 2020 The wide-ranging offerings continue this year with Creedence Clearwater Revisited, rock outfit Goo Goo Dolls, dancehall reggae legend Shabba Ranks and an exhilarating soca band clash between St. Kitts' own Grand Masters and Small Axe Band. Patricia Meschino, Billboard, "7 Caribbean Music Festivals That Get It Right," 26 May 2017 Have a dance party and blast some calypso soca music from Trinidad 82. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "101 Ways to Travel Without Leaving Your House," 20 Mar. 2020 The Merry Gentlemen bring the sounds of soca, calypso and reggae, blending steel drums and ukuleles with unique twists on holiday hits. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Dec. 16-22," 16 Dec. 2019 At the heart of Vincy Mas is the music, ranging from steel pan to calypso and soca, which is what makes the musical competitions (like the Soca Monarch competition) so fun. Shauna Beni, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to the Wildest Carnival Celebrations Around the World," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of soca

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for soca

so(ul) entry 1 + ca(lypso) entry 2

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12 Mar 2021

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“Soca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soca. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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