The man who has carried on the crusade to vilify the name of Lord Shorty has embarked on re-branding Vincy music and he is using the music originally created by Lord Shorty to launch his new musical platform. Welcome to the dawn of a new day... Welcome to the world of Vincy Danso Music!
Take a little of this and add a little of that and just maybe you can create something that could appeal to the masses. Well after piggybacking on the efforts of Lord Shorty and continually denying his creative genius we now have Danso music coming out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Please note that this post is not meant to demean the hard working singers and musicians of St. Vincent and the Grenadines... I have all the respect in the world for their talents. However, I can't let this one go by before the originator of the Danso idea force feeds it to the unwary web browsing person who may be googling Soca or Caribbean music in general.
What is Danso... well that is a very fair question and the answer may or may not be surprising to you. Is Danso music new or is it the idea of someone longing to have something attached to his country of origin so that they can lay claim to having created a new genre of music? I guess when you read into the plan you may conclude that this is just another labeling scam intended to camouflage Soca music and rebrand it as a product of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Let's get the definition of Danso from the originator or the idea... The following information was sourced from a thread on islandmix.com.
VINCYPOWA CREATED A GENRE OF MUSIC FOR VINCYLAND AND THE WIDER SOCA INDUSTRY
"Yeah mannn, I have HEARD the INSTRUMENTAL to SEVERAL RIDDIMS out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and CARRICACOU/GRENADA and I have come up with a TITLE of a NEW GENRE that will be embrace by all, thus becoming an INSTITUTION in the SOCA INDUSTRY for GENERATIONS to come.
This CONCEPT has been with me since the BEGINNING of 21st century when I heard MUSIC produced by Mark Cyrus, Adrian Bailey and Cherry Ince, but since those songs were all under the UMBRELLA of RAGGA SOCA, I put it to REST in my THOUGHTS. But now, the thought has come ALIVE in my MIND and I FEEL that I should SHARE it with VINCYLAND and the REST of the WORLD.
I notice a CRAZE ESTABLISHED IN St. Vincent and the Grenadines is now TAKING SHAPE in other TERRITORIES in the REGION and I FEEL it is TIME that VINCYLAND and by EXTENSION, the SOCA INDUSTRY, ADAPT the TITLE of this NEW GENRE.
The CONCEPT of the NEW COINED GENRE revolves around DANCEABLE MUSIC which has elements of sound from around the globe, be it TECHNO, R&B, POP, HIP HOP, AFRICAN STYLED music, combined with that of which is HOMEGROWN in the CARIBBEAN.
I call this NEW CONCEPT/GENRE "DANSO" music.
My COINED CONCEPT, "DANSO", is not just about the MUSICAL ELEMENTS but also about STYLE of DANCING that can be DERIVED from the MUSIC put out by the ARTISTS"
So when did this new genre emerge? Well to be honest just last week the idea was launched on islandmix.com by the Lone Ranger of everything St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the best... VincyPowa! This is one individual who has waged a campaign to discredit Lord Shorty as the creator of Soca Music... He claimed that Soca was created in the United States by the Hughes Corporation with their song Rock the Boat! This is the man who discredits everything that is Trinidadian and even went as far as to state that the steelpan was originally conceived in St. Vincent and that it started with milk pans. This same VincyPowa is convinced that Kevin Lyttle is God sent King of Mainstream Soca who sings Ragga-Soca music... not!
Now I don't know what you may be thinking after reading this post and I am quite aware that by posting the article I am helping with the spread of the term Danso but take note that this posting should be perceived as a disclaimer and not an endorsement of Vincy Danso music!
Please feel free to leave a comment regarding Danso or my article. I will post every comment and will not refuse to post anything even if you think that I am off base with my comments!
I guess the best way to conclude this article is to post examples of Danso Music; these three songs were posted on islandmix.com as examples of Danso music. Do you think that this is something new or deserving of a new label?
Just Bring That - Fireman Hooper
Ants In Yuh Sugar Pan - Jamsey P
Seduction - Kevin Lyttle