Written by Mika Raguaa [Professional DJ & Scientist for Media and Communication (BA)] (2016)
I. Blaze a trail across countries – The European Soca Movement
II. The spread of Soca
III. The effect of language barriers on the Soca scene
IV. Soca in Germany and Sweden
V. The British Soca Scene
VI. Where we are now and the Blaze-A-Trail Mix
VII. From the Idea to Inception
I. Blaze a trail across countries – The European Soca Movement
At the first glance, Europe and the Caribbean Islands seem to be very far away from each other, on average more than 7200 kilometers or around 4500 miles are between the much smaller Islands and the closest European countries. But through historical processes like colonialism, slavery, and migration (out of familiar relations, military or educational reasons) it was the possibility to progress music and to inspire musicians to develop Soca music.
This article discusses the question of how deep Soca music crossed the European continent by examples of music artists and their releases from the last two decades and their musical background. These Artists are from more than 11 different European countries and were featured in the related mixtape “BLAZE A TRAIL ACROSS COUNTRIES”. The research was showing a huge amount of undiscovered young talents.
The mixtape starts with the artist Sugar Daddy who released the track “sweet soca music” together with Sony France in 2003. The song became a huge hit and got even heard in the US and the Caribbean: A song recorded and mixed in Austria released for the French music market sang by a Trinidadian and in the back with a sample out of the song “bittersweet symphony” an alternative rock band called “The Verve” in 1997 from Great Britain.
“Soca what we love and what we need.
Sweet Soca is what the whole world needs.”
(Sugar Daddy – sweet soca music, 2003)
And even much earlier the word and the idea of spreading “Soca” was said by Charles D. Lewis in the song “Soca dance” released in 1990 in Belgium. With a huge success: The song entered also the charts in other countries including the Top 10 in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. More than 2.5 million copies were spread worldwide. Lewis’s origin country said thanks with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Barbados Music Awards in 2006.
Those artists can also be seen as representatives of the Caribbean with a European base that brought the Soca in touch with popular music in the minds of new audiences. And the people loved it! The Soca Boys, a Dutch producer crew backed by the Surinam origin Van B. King sold more than 50 000 records with “follow the leader” and also the following song “keep on bumping” was on heavy rotations. In more than 400 shows Van B. King entertained the crowds all over the globe in concerts and also on Television backed by costumed female dancers as in the video shown below:
II. The spread of Soca
The French singer Edalam (with the origin from Guadeloupe and now located in Paris) took the idea of “follow the leader” and released a wicked cover including his style in France in 2010. It never got supported as a Soca track. Edalam is also more known for popular music releases – the acceptance of French Soca fans seems also to have pointed to the discussion – but while you listen to it – you can’t say this is not Soca. This evidence also came up with the 2015 production “helicopta collector” which was rereleased together with Willy William a Jamaican-origin singer and producer living in Montpellier in France. Creating mostly urban club and dance tracks he also influenced his work artists like Keen V, Miky Uno & Lylloo with his origin in successfully featured tracks. Besides more known French-speaking developments of music genres like Zouk and Kizomba did in and out of the Caribbean pop influences can be taken out. The track “hula hoop” from 2011 by Lylloo and Willy William is talking about “Soca Pop”.
In this context, the Baha Men have to be mentioned for the European Soca movement also – therefore the song “who let the dogs out” was not a real typical Soca track – another way around the track was originally by the Trinidadian artist Anslem Douglas in a Calypso version named “doggie” done in 1999 for the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival season. Not only in the United States the song reached through the Baha Men an international hit and reached number #2 in the UK singles chart, becoming even the 4th biggest selling single in the UK in 2000. They also got a Grammy and a Billboard Music award for this release. One of their most successful songs is playing at the top of this page:
Also out of the African continent influences come over to Europe and enrich the music with their instruments and rhythm flows in a close tempo to groovy Soca. so-called Kuduro with its Angolan roots common music in the south of Europe mostly in Spain and Portugal. In productions including steel pan arrangements like in David Miks song “love love” out of Portugal in 2013. Feel free to enjoy the warm sound of the Portuguese language – to see also the language as an element of transportation back to Brazilian listeners.
We also face the fact that Soca is rhythmic music – used in and out of the Caribbean for sport and fitness activities – not only for preparations on improving your health and toning for Carnival. Also all over Europe people move their bodies in fitness classes to Soca beats. The motivating vibe of the music is helping to keep the dancers moving and also musically the Zumba phenomenon of Europe is bringing together Latin and Dance influences through French or Spanish artists on another level of reception. A famous idea of combining fitness with music in Europe is the so-called “Zumba” – a nice example that also other sports moves can work on Soca is shown by the following video with ‘Hypersounds’ song “she like it”:
This choreographer is located in Romania, another European country, and got influenced online over a release by Machel Montano and Pitbull. Another international cooperation of Machel Montano was “Mr. Fête” which was done together with Matt Houston & Kulu G as an official French release in 2013. As you can hear it’s a well-done feature together with the French artists bringing the song in a further direction:
III. The effect of language barriers on the Soca scene
English, French, Spanish, and Dutch are the “strongest barriers”, but also the door open to the musical diversity of Soca music – even in case the language is not understandable to everybody – the songs mostly show the same topics of enjoyment, animation to dance, Carnival happenings and letting loose over music. The divisions between the French Caribbean, Dutch Caribbean, and the English-spoken Caribbean Islands are also possible to see in the European Soca movement – additional new languages jump on the Soca train through influences of online music releases, Radio stations, and videos and social media platforms. The related mixtape to this article is showing that the vibe is still in the music no matter which language is spoken. Just while you look at chosen instruments, beat arrangements, tempo and lyrics it is possible to see many similarities to releases of the Caribbean.
We also face the fact that the English language is not a common language in every European country. In Portugal, Spain, Italy, and France also in the Balkan and east European areas, the English language is one of many children can choose at school while they get through their education. This means that also for those origins there is a border to understanding English as well. Many songs are also not described as Soca productions although a brief listen will reveal they share all of the hallmarks of Soca music – an easy google-search wouldn’t bring out the real output. Local or regional support in the country through translations can remove these borders which are greatly shown by followers and fans of Soca music over the world wide web. It is only one challenge on this journey that the language border makes it complicated for deejays to get in touch with new releases out of other countries or to get deeper into lyrics while having no idea what the artists sing about. But still, good music is good music – and from this side, a language can’t be a border at all.
Also skin color shouldn’t be a matter in this century. Highly discussed and often watched online the related track “time to wuk” works done by Natalia Wohler this year, which wanted to take part at the Soca Monarch and the Eurovision Song Contest for 2016. She was born in Trinidad as a white woman raised in Sweden, studied in the UK, and settled down in Baden in Switzerland. Her music video float on social media platforms and caused plenty of discussions. More than 12 000 people (while you count the video statistics together) saw the official Soca 2016 production and commented on the video with plenty of opinions also motivating for more releases like that. Also, you can hear the addition of the Swiss-German band Schwellheim that sang the song “SOS” on the related mix. The band combines elements of the Caribbean and European music influences beautifully. Also, the Netherlands brought out Arubian-originated artists like Valentino King (living today back in his home country) – so versatile that he can perform songs in English, Dutch, and Spanish. Another example is Galloway Junior who is working as the only European-based artist in Rotterdam on Arubian Soca releases or as the so-called Recruitz Band on the related mix.
The ‘Dutch Soca Lovers’ are based in the Netherlands and motivate people to come together to join them in their events like Rotterdam Carnival (NL), Notting Hill Carnival (UK) or Berlin Carnival of Cultures (GER) as a huge group of people growing every year. Proud they are wearing their collective names on their shirt representing their background and their passion for Soca.
The following video shows two members of the Dutch Soca Lovers explaining their support for the Soca music scene and culture:
IV. Soca in Germany and Sweden
In Germany, the scene is growing from year to year besides Reggae and Dancehall music scene also over Soca parties and the mas bands representing the capital Berlin and in Bielefeld (North-West Germany). Several times before the big Carnival happenings German artists brought out some releases to support the Berlin Carnival of Cultures with a special verse.
“Once a year it’s Carnival we fettin’ on the road like there is no tomorrow – we ready for di bacchanal. black and pink is what we see when Soca take ova de street” – Ranking Smo & Boone Chatta – Hermannplatz (Germany, 2010)
In the meantime Ranking Smo and the Backyardloops both located in Berlin stepped aside Soca releases – but besides Germany brings out a lot of talented deejays that promote and also try to celebrate the Soca music culture in the Caribbean way. The Berlin Soca movement was grown over the years of course also through national and international deejays and artists playing the music in the clubs and on the Carnival. Also, the featured artist Boone Chatta. In his work as MC for the Soca Twins, they are internationally known and even awarded deejays running their own Mas Band also. As other specified Soca deejays, Threeks Sound show with their road mixes and mixtapes a high online presence and big assistance in promoting also European Soca music releases. Their MC Wiesel tried to get to the front as a Soca artist as well – in German. Nothing more than “well done” is more to say about the deejay Barney Millah who is telling his story in a great way over an impressive interview in Trinidad & Tobago “The Guardian” in 2014.
Also the German crew behind the online music store ‘Faluma’ made it possible that from the production and distribution side more and more people could be influenced by Soca music even in the earlier days of internet music development. The owner of the platform is also known as the deejay Marflix who was influencing Germany‘s Capital also through his selections.
The ‘German Soca Junkies’ keep up information over their website about the next Soca happenings in Germany’s scene – the same is happening in Switzerland by the ‘Swiss Soca Crew’ including mixtape and party promotion of national and international releases. Since 2014 also ‘French Kiss and Wine’ is trying to develop a base in Paris (France) with success. Also in the northern hemisphere, we find Soca not only over the collectives ‘Finland Soca Massive’ and ‘Sweden Bacchanal’ – also plenty of artists that are willing to be a part of the Soca scene or have already taken part in a Soca production by Partillo Productions (Gothenburg, Sweden). Their “perfect harmony riddim” got back in touch with the Caribbean through the collaboration of Collie Buddz and Machel Montano “fly away” in 2011. Sadly the Swedish and Norwegian tracks stood more in the back. But their lyrics describe their situation far away from the Caribbean showing their desire and making a nice point of view of their position as European. Feel free to listen to the related mixtape presented by Artists named Jabaman, Miss Tati, Big Whale, or Kasimba.
The featured Sweden-based talented singer (with this very recognizable voice) Etzia cooperated with the producers Wax Wreckaz in Austria in the track “bubble and wine up” which got remixed by the German deejay and Producer Crew So Shifty. One of the members is Junior Blender from Germany. He is also a part of the popular Supersonic Soundsystem. With Bunji Garlin’s 2008 track “zum zum” the known german producer, deejay and remixer showed a great example of the huge relationship between the Caribbean and Europe from the music production side. Another example is the producer Soca Dennis’ based in Stockholm (Sweden) celebrated this year with the song “doh tell me dat” by Flipo a highly positive response (not only through the Major Lazer remix) back in the Caribbean. The same happened with Hypersounds songs by Riddim Up Productions based in London (UK).
V. The British Soca Scene
Let us take a closer view of the British Soca scene. Through family relations, the desire for labor, or better education, many UK Artists have been passing a huge path of cultural differences. Some of them are grown up in Britain or were even born there by origins out of nearly every Caribbean island. London seems to be the hugest melting pot for Soca music in Europe. In this city plenty of parties, live-concerts are going on not only around Carnival season in the late summer: the Soca blazing over many online-radio channels by a high amount of deejays often with the same origin as the music they play. And in the upcoming year, the Notting Hill Carnival shall celebrate its 50th anniversary – it is a Carnival from Caribbean people for Caribbean people. The artist research was showing that all English-speaking Soca artists in London have a direct relation to the Caribbean over their origins from St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica, Monserrat, and Trinidad and Tobago. Most artists have a big interest to to get airplay on local radio stations in the Caribbean and of course, also in Europe.
Of all questioned artists nearly none of them want to take a place in the Caribbean music scene more they want to be respected as professional musicians for acceptance as Soca artists, talent, and a faraway living representant of Soca music for their origin home country. Again we see the border we have to cross – even if the language is the same. But also in London, the scene is focused on the Caribbean, and UK releases stay on the side. Sometimes it is also a matter of promotion that the artists don’t get in touch with the right channels of distribution.
The mixtape will help to present their high diversity in styles, skills, and talent also to the British scene and show that for sure many can be comparable with artists based in the Caribbean. But at least while listening to them it is a possibility to grow an own opinion. In the mix, many tracks from Riddim Up Productions have been taken. The crew behind Riddim Up is Socachild, who is also often mentioned in the tracks. It is showing the huge support the artists get from the producer and can be a great possibility of connecting with other artists originated from the same or other islands for more than eight years. Part of the “Riddim Up Army” are or have been Dan Dan, Jo Money, Zylo, Villanz, Terrah Dan, Chardanai, Nikisha, Natia Daniel, Big Bad, Charma D, and Cocoa Nuraya.
Also, the visual ground is impressive, while some artists like British Soca singer Konata Alleyne with his Trinidadian roots showing a “Caribbean” flavor through in the music video in the related song “aye yo” from 2011, others do show their special relation to the city of London itself as their home. A great example of a music video is the 2015 released song “mawd” by Triniboi Joocie made by some of his fans in a food corner and a hairdresser shop in London:
Also in the lyrics, you can hear a special connection. A nice example of the related mix is the newcomer artist Keisha K describing in her song “visa” long-distance relationships between Europe and the Caribbean. She is one of those talents spreading her hands in different musical directions – also in Hip Hop same as Deevine and Nikisha can show different sides of themselves over RnB and Soul or even acoustic releases. While Ms. Desire is songwriting also for Universal Music and managing besides being a Soca artist, she is having her own public relations and artist management company.
VI. Where we are now and the Blaze-A-Trail Mix
For the last two years, the St. Lucia origin artist Jo Money designed costumes for a mas band and is playing steel in London (UK) for more than 25 years. A related steelpan solo on the related mix came out of Justin ‘microdot’ Russel. Others like Natia Daniel or Scrappy take the whole organization of festivals or concerts into their own hands to spread their Songs all over the county. Many artists won awards, plenty of them can sing since they can walk or talk and most of them represent Soca music culture in and out of Europe and also for the Europeans.
“… from nothing to something …” (Lutenants – United Kingdom, 2012)
We also face the fact that some artists switched the music genre already or have finished with the music business. A sad example is showing the group Lutenants that quit out of the music scene probably also in case of too low local support. Another example is also Jah Mirikle who is more interested in Reggae and Dancehall releases nowadays. Also, the talent of Kerwin DuBois stood in the UK while he was based in London for a time of his life was more known over the British calypsonians than the Soca scene. Lately, his path over New York and at least through passing the right connections he got to known artists bought him his current status as a Soca artist as we know him not only in Trinidad.
The signal unity through the selection of the related mixtape “BLAZE A TRAIL ACROSS COUNTRIES” and the research shall show that the cultural exchange between the European and Caribbean influences might be more huge than expected. As music is known it is an instrument of expression of those that have the desire to spread their music to ears worldwide.
“I soca… he Soca, sheSoca, we Soca… This is WE Soca now…”
(Scrappy – “we Soca” – United Kingdom, 2012)
The talented artists selected for the mix show how much potential Soca music in Europe is progressing. Only to make sure that the movement is even more huge than this article, the artists and song selection stands as an example of how Soca is growing in the last decades and shows no signs of stopping.
Feel free to share the mix and this article to grow the interest in Soca music in and out of the Caribbean. It got already developed into more than just seasonal music for Carnival time. And even in times of political eruptions, the European Soca artists need more support than ever to help set up unity.
VII. From the Idea to Inception
The idea of bringing the European Soca movement into a special musical focus came into place ever since the experiences I had while I was touring in Trinidad and Tobago and also in August in London (United Kingdom) all around Notting Hill Carnival 2015. Through plenty of conversations in and out of the Caribbean, I was asked what is going on with the development of European Soca music, where artists are located, and even if…
In late September 2014, I started doing intense research about these and other related questions. After hours, nights, and months of research, over social media, and online video platforms, I studied also literature and press information about artists. Also, I got in touch with them through the contacts I established myself as a deejay in the European Caribbean music scene. Also, I wanted to talk to the artists personally.
I speak English, French, Spanish, German and Polish – knowing all those languages was essential to portray a clearer picture of what happened after Soca music left the Caribbean and reached the European continent. The result was the mixtape “BLAZE A TRAIL ACROSS COUNTRIES” and the article “European Soca Movement” showing through examples the historical development.
The mixtape represents the musical vibe out of 11 different countries. The artists are or have been based in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Germany. There is also a special saxophone solo by an Italian musician friend, on a British riddim production. Another special solo was done by a musician and teacher of steel pan in London.
The mix is an edited live recorded with CD players in early December 2015 from my base in Leipzig (Germany). The video teaser shows footage out of the recording. It was great to hear all of the artists finally come together and unite in one production. As is the case with cultural differences of countries, the mix is differing not only in the tempo of Soca. The selection was not related to the popularity of the artist but more so the quality of music and the closeness to the genres of Soca and Calypso. The idea was to bring the power of the musical movement into one production to represent the countries, languages, and the huge relation to the Caribbean through chosen instruments, beats, lyrics, and expressions through the final sampling. The production is timeless in that it relates to and shows the developments from the early beginnings in the 90s till today and it also mentions artists that left the music business totally or switched to other music genres.
All the movements of Soca – no matter which direction or country they went through – shall get the opportunity to be showcased and written about, for respecting the past, remembering the talents and present nowadays newcomer – each of them is a story worth telling.
So with the free downloadable mix and the bonus material featuring artist information I want to set a signal to make people look left and right into music development and help make it possible for talents to be discovered.
EUROPEAN-BASED SOCA MIXTAPE – BLAZE A TRAIL ACROSS COUNTRIES
How does Soca sound, that was produced in Europe, but still inspired by the Caribbean? What is the story behind the development of Soca music in Europe? DJ MIKA was having these questions for months, and after long research, she was able to locate Soca releases in 11 different countries, performed in different languages, like French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English, Switzer-German, and German. Being able to speak different languages, the trailblazer was able to get in touch and interview these artists. The result was an article she wrote about THE EUROPEAN SOCA MOVEMENT, which was released in the now no longer existing Carnevale Network, based in London, United Kingdom. You can read the article here.
“Blaze a Trail” is not just a regular two hours selection. All 60 artists are waving the flag for Soca music high and supporting the worldwide spread of music and culture. This mix is breaking time and language borders, showing you also how different the streams of Soca can sound.
This mix has been featured in several radio interviews in Trinidad and Tobago and played on the online radio stations SOCA PASSION LIVE and TEAM SOCA.
The mixtape was reviewed in Riddim Magazine, Germany. Scroll down to see the tracklist.
Mixed by DJ MIKA RAGUAA
The idea of blazing a trail was continued and turned into a school project, which was realized at Woodbrook Secondary School, Port of Spain with official permission from the Ministry of Education of Trinidad and Tobago. The project was a series of workshops, held with local music professionals, a class teacher, and DJ MIKA, introducing audiovisuals to the development of Soca music in Europe. The workshops included classes about music production, music performance (presented through a steel pannist), and costume design, as a part of the carnival culture. You can read more about the school project here.
These are a few impressions of the workshops, which took place in 2016:
Here is one of the presentations about the spread of Soca music in Europe from the workshop by DJ MIKA.
It includes information about the different countries and shows a few examples of events, music videos, and geographical locations:
Videos by: Mikado Media
TRACKLIST – BLAZE A TRAIL ACROSS COUNTRIES:
- 001 / Sugar Daddy – sweet soca music (mikas bitter bugalu edit) (FRANCE, 2003) (intro)
- 002 / Keen V – les mecs sont… (FRANCE, 2014)
- 003 / Scrappy – closer (UNITED KINGDOM, 2014)
- 004 / Nikisha – one dance (UNITED KINGDOM, 2010)
- 005 / Jah Mirikle – show me your motion (UNITED KINGDOM, 2010)
- 007 / Natia Daniel – line it up (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 008 / Natalia Wohler – time to wuk (SWITZERLAND, 2015)
- 009 / Big Bad – we drinkin (UNITED KINGDOM, 2014)
- 010 / Cold Chizzle & Jonas Keeve & Cocoa Nuraya – to the left (UNITED KINGDOM, 2013)
- 011 / Backyardloops – weit weg (GERMANY, 2013)
- 012 / Lutenants – sleeping giants (UNITED KINGDOM, 2013)
- 013 / Schwellheim – S.O.S (SWITZERLAND, 2015)
- 014 / Charley D Lewis – soca dance (bajan edit) (BELGIUM, 1990)
- 015 / Jocelyne Labylle & Cheela passi Jakob Desvarieux – laisser parler les gens (FRANCE, 2010)
- 016 / Recruitz Band – summer vibes (THE NETHERLANDS, 2012)
- 017 / Keisha K – visa (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 018 / Ms Desire – ready fa dis (UNITED KINGDOM, 2012)
- 019 / Charma D – have a good time (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 020 / Villianz – work overload (UNITED KINGDOM. 2015)
- 021 / Terrah Dan – way di girls at (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 022 / Ms Desire – mind ya bizness (UNITED KINGDOM, 2011)
- 023 / DeeVine – leave me (UNITED KINGDOM, 2013)
- 024 / Silverfoxx – doh hold meh (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 025 / Cold Chizzle – white girls can whine (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 026 / Shinji & Dakaneh – baila (SPAIN, 2012)
- 027 / Cheluz – mi reina (SWEDEN, 2011)
- 028 / Miss Tati – if you feel (NORWAY/SWEDEN, 2011)
- 029 / Big Whale – make i talk (SWEDEN, 2011)
- 030 / KaSimba – i want to know (SWEDEN, 2011)
- 031 / Jabaman – just let me know (SWEDEN, 2011)
- 032 / Scrappy – we soca (UNITED KINGDOM, 2014)
- 033 / Luyanna & Mampi – walilowelela (french radio edit) (FRANCE/PORTUGAL, 2015)
- 034 / Ms Desire – partier (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 035 / Triniboi Joocie – last wuk (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 036 / James Noyer & David Miks – outra noite (PORTUGAL, 2013)
- 037 / Sins of Sound – tu boca (PORTUGAL, 2013)
- 038 / Kaysha – jusqu’a fatigué (FRANCE, 2004)
- 039 / David Miks & R’Bros – love love (PORTUGAL, 2013)
- 040 / Miky Uno – ti gwada / viens avec moi (mikas club edit) (FRANCE, 2013)
- 041 / Willy William & Lylloo – hula hoop (extended french version) (FRANCE, 2011)
- 042 / Olmyta & Kymai – tout le monde d’accord (edit mix) (FRANCE, 2011)
- 043 / Soca Princess – ah ready (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 044 / Scrappy – everybody (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 045 / Soca Boys & Van B. King – bumpin’ keep on bumpin’ (NETHERLANDS, 1998)
- 055 / Edalam – follow the leader (FRANCE, 2010)
- 056 / Ranking Smo – kdk (GERMANY, 2009)
- 057 / Valentino King & Megamaster & D Love – e kos ki ta hot (NETHERLANDS, 2010)
- 058 / Damian dalla Torre – saxophone solo (special) (ITALY/GERMANY, 2015)
- 059 / Konata Alleyne – aye yo (lemme see yuh) (UNITED KINGDOM, 2011)
- 060 / Chardanai – see mi deh (on di road) (UNITED KINGDOM, 2012)
- 061 / Golden Child – champion body 2.0 (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 062 / Lutenants – from nothing to something (snippet) (UNITED KINGDOM, 2012)
- 063 / Soca Kidd – noise (UNITED KINGDOM) (2009)
- 064 / Socachild – roll that bumpa (UNITED KINGDOM 2015)
- 065 / Zylo – roll It, roll It (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 066 / VillianZ – show me your motion (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 067 / Scrappy – start to bounce (UNITED KINGDOM, 2011)
- 068 / Jo Money – mash up (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 069 / Natia Daniel – listen to meh (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 070 / Triniboi Joocie – must be in dat (UNITED KINGDOM, 2014)
- 071 / Triniboi Joocie – mawd (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 072 / Ranking Smo & Boone Chatta – hermannplatz (GERMANY, 2010)
- 073 / Keen V – phenom’n (FRANCE, 2008)
- 074 / Etzia & Wax Wreckaz – bubble & wine up (so shifty rmx) (SWEDEN/GERMANY/AUSTRIA, 2012)
- 075 / Keen V – cigatheque (FRANCE, 2010)
- 076 / Edalam & Dj Kikfat & Willy William – helicopta collector (mikas edit) (FRANCE, 2015)
- 077 / Kymai – balance toi (mikas sflower & wessel radio edit) (FRANCE, 2014)
- 078 / Abege & Kaysha & Yshah – les garçons (FRANCE/PORTUGAL, 2007)
- 079 / Scrappy – trouble (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 080 / Keen V – plein les oreilles (FRANCE, 2008)
- 081 / Justin ‘Microdot’ Russel – helicona pan (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015) (special)
- 082 / Big Bad – bumpa is a problem (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 083 / Dan Dan – juk it (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 084 / Lighta – rum (is it) (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 085 / Natia Daniel – party over (UNITED KINGDOM, 2015)
- 086 / Triniboi Joocie & Nikisha – sweet calypso (UNITED KINGDOM, 2010)
- 087 / Giselle Carter – so sweet (UNITED KINGDOM, 2014) (bonus track)
Special Thanks to Riddim Up Productions, Partillo Productions, Willy William, Militant Entertainment, Heckert Empire, LMP Records, SD Productions, Victorious Track, QT 2Hype, Ultrabeatz, Toolbox, James Noyer, and all other producers. A big shout-out goes also to Damian Dalla Torre (from Italy) for his special recorded saxophone solo and also to Justin ‘microdot’ Russel for the steel pan freestyle exclusively recorded for the mix in London (United Kingdom).
Nuff Thanks for the support and jingles to Skarra Mucci, Deevine, Valentino King, B2B, Ms Desire, Giselle Carter, Dynamq, Curt Johnson, Keisha K & Jo Money, and all artists, producers, promoters, and deejays helping get more information about every country.
DJ MIKA RAGUAA
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She plays the latest hits and biggest classics in Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Calypso, Afrobeat, Latin Music, Global Bass and Tropical Disco.
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