We asked the Soca Fraternity…. What is the BADDEST Road March of All Time?

Well, we didn’t ask any Road March winners. The question is kind of unfair to start with, but to ask a man (or woman) what is the best and not expect him (or her) to call their own tune? Please. Importantly we prefaced the question by asking everyone to answer emotionally, not intellectually. Some people answered immediately, some people thought it was an impossible question but then came up with an answer that they believed in, almost everyone sang as part of their answer. Think you know the most popular answers? We doubt it.


 

BLUE BOY – SIGNAL FOR LARA

Blaxx @dsBLAXX (Soca Artiste):

“I have never played Mas eh, but remember those days when power was power! It have very few artiste with that kinda power now, we might never see it again.”

 

Juice (Producer/Arranger):

“Because… I produce the song.”

 

Bunji Garlin @BUNJIGARLIN  (Soca Artiste):

“That one was so big, I wasn’t even on the road and I know it was the baddest. That year I was still in church camp.”


 

JW & BLAZE – PALANCE

Dale Lutchman @DaleLutchman  (Artiste Management):

“It transcended soca past every global barrier.”

 

Big Mike (Legacy Mas Man):

“It scorch everything that year with everyone moving left to right.”


 

MIGHTY SHADOW – STRANGER  |  SHADOW – BASSMAN


First Klase @1stklase (Producer):

“Hold on eh – Mommy! Bassman had win road march? – Yeah Bassman or even Stranger, both songs were definitely ahead of their time. If you think about it, for that time, Shadow was making the future.”

 

Tony Chow Lin On @tonychowlinon  (TTRN Banton):

“Stranger was more than a song, it was the arrival of Shadow. It was his signature, even the name tells you what he was about. It was almost like a new era had arrived. Actually, I felt the same way about Blueboy’s Soca Baptist.”

 

Nicholas Pena @nicpenatt  (Parliament Music):

“Stranger is the first time a groovy song won road march, well groovy as we know it”


 

SUPERBLUE – WINE ON SOMETHING (JAB JAB)

Jules Sobion @Caesarsarmy  (Caesar’s Army):

“Super is the Road March boss of this era, Jack must have his Jacket”


 

SUPERBLUE – GET SOMETHING AND WAVE

Hypa Hoppa @hypahoppa  (SCORCH/Red FM):

“That was the ultimate road march, the year after the coup. The lyrics and all. It was definitely a time when the whole country needed to break away and I didn’t even play that year.”


 

MACHEL MONTANO – JUMBIE

Shal Marshall @shalmarshall  (Radio Announcer/Soca Artiste):

“I had love Jumbie, yuh see that? That was a MASTER! Yuh see the progression in that song? At a point I stopped and just watched the crowd, it was CRAZY!”

*Shal proceeds to sing the whole song*


 

DAVID RUDDER – BAHIA GIRL

Ricky Jai @RikkiDJaiMaster (Chutney Soca Artiste):

“I’m a big fan of David Rudder, always was. The year that he won with Bahia Girl, that was shocking to me for a slower tune to come and take it. It was his triple crown year; Road March, Young Kings and Calypso Monarch”

*actually it also was the winning Panorama tune that year, 1986.

 

Nikki Crosby @nikki_crosby (Comedian/Radio Announcer/Granny):

“You see that was the year I was going Canada to live, it was going to be my last Carnival for yeaaaaaars. So everytime I hear that song I have an emotional reaction to it. That Carnival had to make up for the next five years so I was wining and dragging my bottom all on the ground all over town, long before Lucy!”

 

Kes @Kestheband (Soca Artiste):

“One, cuz I’m a sweetman and I like groovy sh#t, two cuz I love Rudder and three because he was doing something different, taking in influences, got flack for it and it still ended up Road March.”


 

SHURWAYNE WINCHESTER – DEAD OR ALIVE


Jarod Faria@jarrodfaria (J-Rod Records):

“I miss rel carnivals living away except that year.. Those were the days when power was POWER.”


 

MACHEL MONTANO – BIG TRUCK


Muhammed Muwakil @wearefreetown  (Freetown Collective):

“It was the ultimate Road March. It changed soca and soca was never the same again. After that people started stamping and ting.”

 

Chow Chow @shoalin941 (Sagaboy/Soca Artiste):

“Iz a road song, and iz a truck song. Really, that’s what a road march is about”


 

MACHEL MONTANO + PATRICE ROBERTS – BAND OF THE YEAR


Candace Guppy @CandyCoatedTT (Candy Coated Events):

“It managed to effectively combine the emotions you feel as a Trinidadian, a Masquerader and being ON the stage.”

 

Kimba Sorzano @kimbasorzano (Soca Artiste):

“That is most memorable, one of the first years I played Mas actually, that’s probably why.”


 

TAMBU – NO NO WE EH GOING HOME

Destra Garcia @DestraGarcia (Queen of Bakanal/Soca Artiste):

“No, no, we eh goin’ home! We eh leavinnnnnnn *sings… moves* I was still a teenager, actually no! Primary School! I used to play kiddies and that year I was in a big costume with allll my friends and cousins. As a kid you just want to jump. I will never forget it.”


 

NIGEL LEWIS – MOVIN

Terri Lyons @terrilyons82  (Soca Artiste):

“I was so impressed that the people did that action whole day. Across the stage and all, it was crazy. Nobody was jumping, it was a motion *she does it* On the stage you usually want to jump. For people to have the discipline to just go left then right.”


 

HONORARY MENTIONS

DAVID RUDDER – HIGH MAS


Nadia Batson @Nadia_Batson (Soca Artiste):

“When you’re on the road you are looking for the song that will bring out that euphoria. It was also completely different from anything else. You know, what it said, the message. It put me, and all the masqueraders, in a special place.”

*Actual winner that year (1998): Wayne Rodriguez – Footsteps


 

DESTRA + MACHEL MONTANO – IT’S CARNIVAL


Real People:

Many were surprised to hear us say that it wasn’t the winner that year, it has be renowned as the greatest soca song ever made to the younger generation.

*Actual winner that year (2003): Fay-Ann Lyons – Display


Here’s all the Road March winners in history:

tabelRoad March winners list sourced from Wikipedia


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