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Barbados at 50: Spouge to Soca

Barbados recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence. We look into the rise and mysterious fall of the funky Bajan spouge beat which ruled the island in the ’70s, and discover a few underground musicians who are trying to keep it alive. Calypsonians Mighty Grynner and Red Plastic Bag detail their contributions to the lyrically potent kaiso scene. Soca stars Alison Hinds and Edwin Yearwood talk about the pros and cons of the island’s competition circuit, and we learn about the hot new “soca bashment” scene. Produced by Saxon Baird and Noah Schaffer.


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Photo by 246 Entertainment.

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  • BlueCat57

    Do you publish playlists for your shows?

    • Afropop Worldwide

      Hi there! Thanks for asking. We do not currently publish playlists for each show but we certainly can! In the meantime, please email with “Playlist: Barbados at 50” and we’d be happy to share it with you.