Big People Ting: Farmer Nappy on Soca + Big People Parties

April 18, 2014

Words by Saxon Baird, Photos by Kordel Ferminโ€”


Farmer Nappy has been a major player in the soca scene for over 30 years but itโ€™s only recently that heโ€™s become more a household name in Trinidad and beyond. This year, Nappy scored a major hit with his song โ€œBig People Party,โ€ a groovy soca tune that came in second in this yearโ€™s road march to the surprise of everyone, including Farmer Nappy himself. With more and more soca being influenced by EDM, Nappyโ€™s hit was recorded with a full band, channeling a classic calypso sound without sacrificing any of the flag-waving energy soca is known for.ย With carnival season over in Trinidad, Nappy recently brought the party to New York, celebrating the release of his album, also called Big People Party. We caught up with Nappy in Brooklyn to discuss the new album and what it takes to throw a real โ€œbig people party.โ€

LargeUp: Whatโ€™s the story behind the song โ€œBig People Party?โ€

Farmer Nappy: โ€œBig People Partyโ€ is an all-exclusive fete. You know those guys who are wearing their pants dropped below their butt nowadays? Well, for this fete you got to pull up your pants and be a man. Thatโ€™s the rule. And you must dance with the lady like a man dances with a lady. And you have to pull the chair out for the lady when she wants to sit down. And when she comes through the door, you open it for her. Itโ€™s about acting like a man because big people do big things and big people think big, you know?

LU: โ€œBig People Partyโ€ came in second in the Road March this year. Which is kind of crazy considering that itโ€™s a groovy soca tune.

FN: Well, [Farmer Nappy’s band] De Red Boyz always tell me that slow music or โ€œslow groovy socaโ€ will take you further than what I call โ€œfastโ€ songs. And as it turns out, it truly came to pass for me this year. Just being in the groove and every year trying to have a hit in the market has always been my goal and Iโ€™ve stuck to the groovy sound because, you know, they call me the โ€œgroove man.โ€

Continue the interview here.