Having provided an invaluable insight into the best Bollywood disco records around, Cultures Of Soul continue their quest for the best in tropical disco in the West Indies, with this essential selection of Caribbean disco.
Words: Deano Sounds
I’ve been collecting Caribbean Disco records for the last ten years, scouring record stores in Boston as well as digging in shops on my visits to New York and Montreal all to find something unique from the Caribbean for my dance floors. Disco was in full force in the 70s in America and eventually influenced the music coming out of the Caribbean. Different variations of disco would be mutated to fit the native Caribbean styles of music. Below is just some of my current favorite Caribbean disco tracks some of which can be found on my Tropical Disco Hustle compilation coming out soon.
Merchant a.k.a Dennis Williams was one of Trinidad’s finest songwriters, although many times his contributions went uncredited. This LP is solid all the way through but “Instant Funk” is the dance-floor killer here.
Winston Bailey a.k.a Shadow has been the undisbuted king of soca in Trinidad for over 4 decades. He also just happens to have written some funky disco tracks along the way and “Keep On Wailing” is definitely one of the them which is included on this album.
Mighty Duke Poetry and Music
(Charlies Records, 1977)
Considered by many as the greatest calypso singer of all time – the Duke a.k.a Kelvin Pope has always been a politically aware and socially conscience songwriter. This is very evident on the track “Be Yourself.”
Eddie and the Movements Time Is Running Out
(Trucker Man Records, 1978)