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

Definition of soca

: a blend of soul and calypso music

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This festival celebrates the results with a day of chutney music (which mixes Bhojpuri music with styles such as soca, calypso and more) and a menu that can definitely be described as spicy. Trevor Fraser,, "Date Night: Take a culture hop," 12 July 2018 One of the most interesting parts of St. Lucia’s growing Soleil carnival is its take on soca music. Kristin Braswell, Vogue, "The Caribbean Carnivals You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer," 24 June 2018 Born in London, Hutchings spent most of his childhood in Barbados before returning to his birthplace for high school, but this early immersion in reggae, calypso, and soca made a deep impact. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "British reedist Shabaka Hutchings brings his Caribbean-flavored jazz quartet Sons of Kemet to Chicago," 21 June 2018 Soca and calypso artists will be similarly honored at WIADCA’s Friday night Brass Fest, featuring soca artists representing several Caribbean islands including Lyrical (Trinidad) and Problem Child (St. Vincent). Patricia Meschino, Billboard, "West Indian American Day Carnival Celebrates 50 Years by Looking Back at Its Legacy & Ahead to the Future," 1 Sep. 2017 The 2018 sailing will include a visit to Costa Maya, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. Practiced by millions of people around the world, Zumba incorporates dance elements of hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "September route roundup: Where cruise lines are adding sailings," 14 Sep. 2017 It's basically created its own sub-genre of music — dancehall/soca/rock — that needs to be a thing, like, yesterday. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "This Mashup of Justin Bieber's "Sorry" and One Direction's "Perfect" Will Change Your Life," 11 Jan. 2016 Carifesta A day-long festival of Caribbean music, arts and culture highlights 28 nations with live reggae and soca music, food courts and a beer garden. Washington Post, "D.C. community calendar, Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2017," 30 Aug. 2017 Oasis Island Sounds The band plays reggae, calypso, soca and Latin music as part of the outdoor concert series, which continues through Aug. 4. 7:30 p.m. Montpelier Mansion grounds, 9652 Muirkirk Rd. Jillian S. Jarrett, Washington Post, "Going Out Guide for Maryland, July 20-26, 2017," 19 July 2017

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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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