Monthly Archives: January 2014
1974 was a high point of Trinbagonian creative brilliance. It was the year the visionary cohort of the Independence generation took the gifts of the previous Golden Age generation and created magic. However, that same year our leaders spiritually turned their back on the Golden Age, physically rebuked the innovative class of the Independence generation, and begin the destruction of visionary Trinidad. 1974 is the moment we need to exorcise to reclaim our Destiny.
In 1974, Lord Shorty released the first Soca song- the musical thesis ‘Endless Vibrations’. Although he’d written ‘Indrani’ the year before, it’s with ‘Endless Vibrations’ that the full measure of the ‘Sokah’ experiment blossoms. In that same year Shadow released ‘Bassman’- evidence that Soca was born from simultaneous experiments being conducted by geniuses like Shorty, Shadow, Maestro, Eddy Grant, Andre Tanker, Lancelot Layne, and roots musicians- all experimenting with Trinabgo sound.
The fate of ‘Bassman’ illuminates the reason for our national decline. According to most witnesses Shadow won Dimanche Gras that year- comprehensively dethroning Sparrow. This was in keeping with the organic generational trend of succession in Kaiso- every 10 years a younger voice emerged innovating, taking Calypso further. Attila begat Lion begat Spoiler begat Kitch begat Sparrow… However in 1974 a new breed of ‘culture-judge’ intervened- giving the prize to Sparrow, thwarting Inheritance. Read the rest of this entry