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3. Calypso Rose and Manu Chao featuring Machel Montano, “Leave Me Alone” (Remix)

Calypso Rose - Leave Me Alone (2017 Soca)

Calypso Rose teamed with Manu Chao for this feelgood record which set off the 2017 Trinidad Carnival season off right. A collaboration of two artists from two different genres and two different generations, “Leave Me Alone” was originally included on Rose’s 2016 album Far From Home. It was revived for the Carnival season by soca king Machel Montano and producer Kubiyashi, who added their indelible touch to this remix. The result was adopted as a rallying cry by women in Trinidad, even spawning a line of T-shirts from Project Runway winner and Canyaval proprietor Anya Ayoung-Chee. It’s a great, late addition to the catalog of one of Trinidad’s musical icons. — Sharine Taylor