Chutney Soca: Soca Music with Trinidadian Indian Musical Rhythms
In 1987 Drupatee Ramgoonai named her first album “Chatnee Soca” and gave birth to a genre of music that is called “Chutney Soca” today. In 1988 she had her mega hit named “Roll up de Tassa” that literally created a market for this new style of music. Never in her wildest dreams could she have imagined that Chutney Soca would be what it is today with its own Monarch competition. The competition has grown and become a major show that is now moving to “The Savannah” in Port-of-Spain for Carnival 2012.
This competition has talent/winners from Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and soon we should have talent from Canada and the US. The growth of this show will soon rival the traditional Power and Groovy Soca Monarch Competitions.
Wikipedia article stated the following:
In Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana & Suriname Chutney-Soca music is a crossover style of music incorporating Soca elements and Hindi-English lyrics, Chutney music, with Indian instruments like the dholak and dhantal.
The term chutney soca was first coined by Drupatee Ramgoonai of Trinidad & Tobago in 1987 in her first album entitled Chutney Soca, with both English & Hindi versions of the songs. The current style of spelling of the term was not established then & she spelt it as ” Chatnee Soca”. The following year her mega hit “Roll up de Tassa” was instrumental in creating a commercial market for this type of music internationally. Drupatee has spoken about the blending of Afro & Indo melodies & rhythms in songs like Chatnee Soca & Hotter than ah Chulha”. Chutney is a melody & soca is a beat. Drupatee used an ancient Indian melody called a lawnee with the soca beat in her rendition of “O Tassawalley” & has released a legacy of Chutney Soca music.
Chutney Soca Monarch Winners
The following list is a look at the past winners of Drupatee “Chatnee Soca” better known today as “Chutney Soca”!
1996 Sonny Mann Song #1 Lotay La | Song #2 Roll Bhowjie
1997 Heeralal Rampartap Song #1 Basmatie | Song #2 Nacho Ray
1998 Rikki Jai Song #1 Dulahin | Song #2 Jara Lage La
1999 Rikki Jai Song #1 Rosie Balena | Song #2 Galeekay Morah Godinaa
2000 Rooplal Girdharie Song #1 Goriya Ray | Song #2 Sweet Dulahin
2001 Rikki Jai Song #1 Kanhija | Song #2 Ah Coh Show You
2002 Rikki Jai Song #1 She Leave Meh and Gone Away | Song #2 Rock-a-by Baby
2003 (Tie) Rikki Jai Song #1 River Lime | Song #2 I’m a Trini
Heeralal Rampartap Song #1 Mai Pyar Ho Gaya… | Song #2 Raat aur Din Mey Tarsat Rahelay
2004 Rooplal Girdharie Song #1 Dulhanya | Song #2 Nobody eh going Home
2005 Heeralal Rampartap Song #1 Kay-Paharie | Song #2 Run For Meh Life
2006 Rooplal Girdharie Song #1 Dholak Bhajayai | Song #2 The Last Jump Up
2007 Rooplal Girdharie Song #1 Oh Mere Piya | Song #2 Here Now
2008 Rooplal Girdharie Song #1 Aaye Sajanee Peeya Moray (chutney monarch | Song #2 Crazy For You (groovy monarch)
2009 Kenneth Salick, Song – Radica
2010 Ravi B Song – Ah Drinka
2011 RIKKI JAI, Song -White Oak and Water
2012 Kris Veeshal “KI” Persad Song – Single Forever
2013 Raymond”Showstoppa”Ramnarine – Song – I Ain’t Marridin’ No More
2014 – Kris Vishal “KI” Persad, Song – Runaway
2015 – Ravi B & Rikki Jai, Song – CSM20
2016 – KI (Kris Veeshal Persad), Song – Same Gyal Twice
2017 – Ravi B – Budget (Tie)
2017 – Omardath Maraj – Ramsingh (Tie)
2018 – Nishard Mayrhoo and Neval Chatelal, Song – Masala