International Soca Awards This Weekend!
“Life without Soca may just be a dull, monotonous existence, with limitations on how one should party, and enjoy the pleasures of life.” – Soca Awards Organization, Inc.
I couldn’t agree more.
This Saturday, Nov. 27, Trinidad will host the 8th Annual International Soca Awards at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in its capital, Port-of-Spain.
The International Soca Awards (ISA) is “the most prestigious award show in the Soca recording industry.” Whether this is a self-proclaimed honor or not, it is always great to see Soca music making waves in the entire music industry.
The Int’l Soca Awards is a black tie affair and it will recognize soca artists from around the world. There are 29 categories and a ton of nominees.
Let’s make some predictions…
The following artists will more than likely take home the awards in their respective categories. Do you agree?
Best Groovy Soca Female: Patrice Roberts “Wuk It”
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Best Groovy Soca Male: Machel Montano “Thiefin”
Best Uptempo Soca Female: Faye-Ann Lyons “Ah Something”
[audio:http://thatsenuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Ah-Something-soca-2010.mp3|titles=Ah Something soca 2010]
Best Uptempo Soca Male: Blaxx (Roy Cape All Stars) “Hunting”
And of course, Soca Song of the Year: JW & Blaze “Palance”
[audio:http://thatsenuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/01-Palance-Soca-2010.mp3|titles=01 Palance (Soca 2010)]
If you’ve ever been in the club or in the road marching when this song came on, you know why. JW & Blaze are nominated in five other categories as well.
The award for Over All Soca Band of the Year is a tough category. The nominees are:
Tizzy & El A Kru (Antigua)
Edwin Yearwood & Krosfyah (Barbados)
Machel Montano HD (Trinidad)
Roy Cape All-Stars (Trinidad)
Kes The Band (Trinidad)
Although Machel Montano HD is a favorite, each one of these bands have produced great music this year, and I might be a little biased towards El A Kru since they represent Antigua & Barbuda.
Some of the other categories include Best New Soca Artist Male/Female, Soca Band of the Year and Overall Female/Male Soca Artist of the Year.
The nominees for International Soca DJ of the Year are Soca Twins, Foreign Bass, D’ Enforcas, DJ Stephen and DJ Spice.
Some other fun categories are Best Soca Online Radio and Best Soca Info Website. These are great awards to win or even get nominated for because it shows how well the nominees reach the Soca music audience which truly extends further than the Caribbean, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Soca Songwriter of the Year and Soca Producer of the Year are impressive awards along with the honorees for the Life Time Achievement Award, Hall of Fame Award and Legend Award. The recipients-to-be are honored for their overall achivement and dedication to the Soca music genre. It is because of these artists that Soca music is gaining worldwide appreciation.
The Soca Awards Organization founder, Colin Jackman, said he created the organization “to bring recognition to the Soca and Calypso genre,” and the annual ISA ceremony is doing just that.
Go to the SAO website for the full list of nominees.
Again, this black tie affair goes down on Nov. 27th in Trinidad.
It’s also been announced that Trinidad will host the 30th annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) May 28, 2011.
T&T was selected out of more than 15 countries, including Ghana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and Nigeria, according to the T&T Guardian.
These two awards ceremonies along will the 2011 Carnival in March, will bring Tourism in Trinidad to new heights.
Long Live Soca Music!