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! And with that said, the annual Billboard charting Soca Universe compilation keeps the spirit alive and provides 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, 2021, 


1.     Machel Montano – Private Party

2.     Kes, DJ Private Ryan – Keep Jammin’ On

3.     Nadia Batson, Travis World – A Love Note To Carnival

4.     Voice – Woman

5.     Bunji Garlin, XplicitMevon, N.M.G Music – All House Is Road (8-Bit Riddim)

6.     Destra – Gyal Bubble

7.     Machel Montano, Lu City – Need You In My Life

8.     Kes, Etienne Charles, Laventille Riddim Section – IzWe

9.     DJ Private Ryan, Preedy – Location

10.  Kernal Roberts – Scrub It Down

11.  Machel Montano, Voice – One Of A Kind

12.  Nessa Preppy, Konshens – Lime Light

13.  Fadda Fox, King Bubba FM, ZJ Sparks, Dan Evens – Spin Class (Ride It)

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