Sizzla Does Soca: Stream Kalonji’s “Trinbago (Come Closer)”

November 3, 2014

Words by Marcha M. Johnson

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With the 2015 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Season picking up, producers have been steadily releasing riddims featuring socaโ€™s biggest names and, in the case of the Forest Park riddim, one of reggae’s biggest names.

Believe it or not, Sizzla Kalonji is no stranger to the soca circuit. Back in 2010, the โ€œDry Cryโ€ crooner collaborated with โ€œRolly Pollyโ€ hitmaker Mr Killa for โ€œGal You Bad.โ€ Now, he’s graced Bing Bang Production’s latest riddim with his vocals acknowledging the ladies of Trinidad and Tobago (โ€œBig up di girls from Scarborough,โ€ etc.) on a track entitled โ€œTrinbago (Come Closer).โ€

Reggae artists venturing into the soca landscape is becoming more common–some are even managing to compete for airtime alongside veteran soca artists on a level field. The self-proclaimed King of Dancehall Beenie Man has dabbled in the genre for years, and Mr. Vegas and Vybz Kartel have each joined forces with Machel Montano for hits like โ€œDance With Youโ€ and โ€œHold Yuh Tonight.โ€ And โ€œBoost Har Upโ€ was a hit for Konshens in 2013. But perhaps the most notable and prevalent dancehall interloper in the soca world may be Busy Signal. His โ€œWooeeii Gal Wooeeiiโ€ with Machel in 2010 granted him a credible reputation among soca lovers, which he’s followed with successive hits like 2011โ€™s โ€œTouch De Road.โ€ We’re curious to hear what Busy cooks up for this year’s soca season.