A fascinating overlap of soca, dancehall, and afrobeats is taking place. Afrobeat performances are finding themselves welcome in the Caribbean. The Trinidad Carnival has become a space where afrobeats is making an appearance, but this time in the more collaborative genre called “afrosoca.” Afrosoca is a blend of soca and afrobeats; the term is the brainchild of Shakira Marshall, a Guyanese choreographer based in New York.

 

Afrobeats is a varied genre that has in recent years blended influences from the Caribbean especially with Jamaica’s dancehall and reggae which are hugely popular in several African countries. Soca on the other hand, is music intimately connected with annual carnival celebrations in the Caribbean and is an important part of carnival culture. Afrosoca emerges as a result of the increased interactions between musicians from Africa and the Caribbean.

 

Afrobeats entrance into Caribbean spaces has not been without its challenges. Last year, there was some brouhaha online, most notably on Twitter, over the inclusion of an Afrobeats float at the Notting Hill carnival. London must be mentioned because it, along with other cities such as Toronto, has become a point through which afrobeats gains global reach.

 

For those who are unfamiliar with the experimenting and collaborating currently taking place between Caribbean and African artists, we have compiled some of our favorites.

 

In this remix, Jamaican dancehall artist Konshens features Patoranking from Nigeria.

 

Nigerian Timaya is well-known for working with Caribbean music styles. He blends soca, dancehall, and afrobeats in the song “Sanko” and here Destra Garcia remixes it.

 

Trinidad’s soca king Machel Montano released “Possessed” with South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

 

Olatunji may be mistaken for Nigerian due to his Yoruba name, but the Trinidadian artist works primarily with the afrosoca style. “Oh Yay” is one of his more popular tracks.

 

This list will not be complete without one from Busy Signal who has frequently experimented with dancehall and afrobeats. “Same Way” is a remix of Sarkodie’s infectious azonto track “U Go Kill Me.”

 

Are you excited by this blending of African and Caribbean music? What are your favorite Africa-Caribbean collaborations? Let us know in a comment below or by reaching me on Twitter @rafeeeeta