The Library of Congress > Linked Data Service > LC Genre/Form Terms (LCGFT)

Soca (Music)


  • URI(s)

  • Instance Of

  • Scheme Membership(s)

  • Collection Membership(s)

  • Form

    • Soca (Music)
  • Variants

    • So-ca (Music)
    • Soka (Music)
  • Broader Terms

  • Closely Matching Concepts from Other Schemes

  • Sources

    • found: Work cat.: 99481697: Sponsel, J. The soca drum duet, c1997(soca is a very fast piece of dance music combining calypso with soul music; created in the late 70s)
    • found: New Grove, 2nd ed. WWW site, Feb. 12, 2002(soca: song and dance genre directly related to calypso; in the 1970s, at a time of new oil wealth and modernizing tendencies on Trinidad, technological and musical influence from North American soul and dance musics inspired a new form of calypso; singer Lord Shorty's "Soul Calypso" gave its abbreviated name "So-Ca" to the new sound which mixed elements of soul and disco drum features with funk, mid-tempo ska, and traditional calypso; while the satire, metaphor, and political comment of calypso did not disappear entirely, the emphasis shifted from song lyrics to the rhythms of dance and the culture of partying)
    • found: Garland encyc. of world music:v. 2, p. 993 (soca: modern, danceable Trinidadian calypso form, short for soul calypso)
    • found: Dict. pop. mus. styles of the world(under Trinidad & Tobago: soca: modern style of calypso music; derived from "soul-calypso," it is very popular throughout the West Indies; listed also under Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize (as "soka"), French Guiana (as "soka"), Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles (as "soka"), St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Turks & Caicos, and Virgin Islands)
    • found: All music guide WWW site, Feb. 12, 2002(soca: descendant of calypso; in the early 1970s, electric guitar and bass were added to the traditional calypso ensemble, and by the 1980s most groups were using synthesizers as well; increasing sophistication of recording technology and continued competition between groups directed the music toward a more complicated and thought-out musical style that focused increasingly on the musical sound rather than the texts; suitability of the music for dancing, rather than listening, also became an important factor; around 1970, the term "soca," meaning "soul-calypso," was coined to refer to the new, energetic, and disco-influenced party music)
    • found: Amer. heritage dict., 3rd ed.(soca: style of music, originating in the West Indies, that is a blend of soul and calypso)
  • Change Notes

    • 2014-12-10: new
    • 2015-02-20: revised
  • Alternate Formats

Suggest terminology


The LC Linked Data Service welcomes any suggestions you might have about terminology used for a given heading or concept.

Would you like to suggest a change to this heading?

Please provide your name, email, and your suggestion so that we can begin assessing any terminology changes.

Fields denoted with an asterisk (*) are required.