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Published on September 17th, 2015 | by Mark Loquan


“Soca Have Dem So” by composer, Mark Loquan

The combination of Mark Loquan as composer, Gregory “GB” Ballantyne as lyricist, vocals by Anslem Douglas, with production by Junior “Ibo” Joseph follows the biographical “Dr.Samaroo” from 2015 to create excitement with “Soca Have Dem So” for Panorama 2016.

The song’s lyrics illustrates the effect soca music has on people during Carnival, Panorama, fetes with a sense of escape, drawn towards vibes to “leggo”, free-up, sometimes finding oneself in the middle of the bacchanal.  The chord progressions and rhythm changes through the song create the sense of movement with the bridge/jam giving that free-up feeling.

The music jamming, the lack of sleep, the crowds filling the streets, the pan music with people bringing their coolers, going from fete to fete, are all images conjured up in the song.  Yes it is “de soca whey have dem so”.

Anslem Douglas Bio

Refer : http://anslemmusic.com/bio/

Gregory “GB” Balantyne Bio

Please utilise bio previously used by WST.

Mark Loquan Bio

2016 represents the 17th year, Mark is composing for Panorama, about a third of the span of the period where Panorama music has graced the stage in Trinidad and Tobago.  Mark is also the Musical Director of the first resident steelband in Perth, Western Australia, Perth Pandemix which started in early 2013.  He has produced/co-produced works such as Passion for Pan album (2000), and the pioneering products of Pan In Education (2004), and Pan in Education 2 (2011).

Mark has produced several popular songs for Panorama, which have been performed in Trinidad, and across the globe in main pan events as well as in schools and universities.  Starting with songs like Glory, Passion for Pan, Fire and Steel, Identity, Frenzy, Colours Again, he has also collaborated musically with Amrit Samaroo, Edwin Pouchet, Ken “Professor” Philmore, Andy Sheafe, and Seion Gomez to produce songs like Celebration Time, Hooked, Dangerous, Surrender, Calling Meh, Vibes, Dr. Samaroo and Outta De Box. He has also worked with a multitude of singers, writers, and performers and has enjoyed long term collaborations with Denyse Plummer and Destra Garcia over his musical journey. His music has won awards in in several categories, including COTT Pan Song of the Year and International Soca Awards, and has been performed by winning bands in Pan is Beautiful 1998 (Ensemble Category), Small and Medium Band in the National Panorama, primary and secondary school Junior Panorama bands over the years.  In 2015, his song “Dr.Samaroo”, arranged by Amrit Samaroo, was performed by Supernovas, which placed 2nd in the first International Panorama held in Trinidad and Tobago in August 2015.

Mark is also Honorary Founding Director of the Music Literacy Trust, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2004, which has assisted talented and young pannists in education, preserved the music of cultural pan icons, and introduced music education programmes for youth in socially disadvantaged areas.


(Sung by Anslem Douglas for Panorama 2016)

Composed by Mark Loquan

Lyrics by Gregory “GB” Ballantyne

Produced by Junior “Ibo” Joseph

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Is not a joker

She’s a hard worker

And she doh clown

When she hold de town

Just like a magnet she very all-inclusive

And she does wash away anything negative

Across de social barrier

No race or class it doesn’t even really matter

Soca, Soca


Because is pleasure for pain

Fire inside summer rain

Pulsating heat

As we signature every street

Speakers vibrating wid jam

Have every dancehall ram-cram

Joy overflow

Is de Soca whey have dem so

Party people, want to leggo

Jammin’ music, from head to toe

Sun come up so dey know

Cause when we jam

Time just come and go

Show dem dat you, really gone clear

Put yuh hands high, up in de air

Nothing cannot compare

Cause when we jam

De vibes could raise yuh hair



Jamming on Bumpers

While all de jumpers

Dey soaking wet

Yuh could take a bet

A conga-line go form and you in de middle

Ya better cock back yuh bow and extend yuh fiddle

You in de heart of bacchanal

You and yuh crew is who controlling de Canaval

More gyal, more gyal





Soca in Moka

Say Panorama

Or Army Fete

You eh call ting yet

Ah done tick off Band-Launching, Lara and UWI

Ah have mih cooler pack and mih juices ready

Ticket for de Boat-cruise done buy

Little money it go really have to multiply

No lie, no lie



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