The global pandemic has caused carnival season cancellations for almost a year and a half.
From the famed Rio de Janeiro Carnival to Trinidad and Tobago Carnival and beyond, the Caribbean Diaspora used to massive, multi-day, non-stop fêtes, have had their celebrations grind to a halt!
Despite the lack of parties, Soca artistes have kept the music coming.
Even without a physical presence, the message of Carnival is still clear - the show must go on!
The annual Billboard charting Soca Universe compilation is keeping the spirit alive and providing the soundtrack for a return to the streets.
"The intention of the energy of Soca music is to really uplift people; really make them smile; keep them happy; make them celebrate even in the toughest times," said Soca legend, Billboard-charting, and multi-award winner Machel Montano in a previous statement to NPR.
Released by Montano's record label and distribution company, Monk Music, the 2021 installment of Soca Universe features 30 of the best songs of the year.
Soca royalty and rising stars have delivered a must-have listing of tracks that display the vocal range, witty lyrics, unparalleled energy, and frenzied grooves characteristic of the genre. Machel Montano, Kes, Bunji Garlin, Destra, Voice, and DJ Private Ryan, alongside up and comers Hey Choppi, Nessa Preppy, Sekon Sta, and many more, round up the hit-filled compilation.
Carnival isn't just about dancing in the streets; it's in your heart and soul, so keep the fete going by streaming and downloading Soca Universe 2021 out August 13.
Machel Montano - Private Party
Kes, DJ Private Ryan - Keep Jammin' On
Nadia Batson, Travis World - A Love Note To Carnival
Voice - Woman
Bunji Garlin, XplicitMevon, N.M.G Music - All House Is Road (8-Bit Riddim)
Destra - Gyal Bubble
Machel Montano, Lu City - Need You In My Life
Kes, Etienne Charles, Laventille Riddim Section - IzWe
DJ Private Ryan, Preedy - Location
Kernal Roberts - Scrub It Down
Machel Montano, Voice - One Of A Kind
Nessa Preppy, Konshens - Lime Light
Fadda Fox, King Bubba FM, ZJ Sparks, Dan Evens - Spin Class (Ride It)
Machel Montano, Parry Jack - Long Time Refix
DJ Private Ryan, Erphaan Alves - So Sweet
Teejay, ZJ Sparks, Dan Evens - Ride
Destra - Meh Business
Iwer George, Travis World, KMC - One Wish
Farmer Nappy - Nobody
Ricardo Drue, DEV, N.M.G Music - South Man
Christo - Nah
Preedy, The KVG, XplicitMevon - Wine Pon Live
DJ Private Ryan, Sekon Sta - Dubai
Freetown Collective - Shine
Blaxx - Sunshine
Machel Montano, Hey Choppi - Gud Gud
Viking Ding Dong - Fed Up
Teddy Rhymez, The KVG, XplicitMevon - All of You
DJ Private Ryan, Hey Choppi - It Don't Matter
Skinny Fabulous - Act Normal