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Published on March 7, 2014

Author: StefanWalcott

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Wuk Up Music A (Mostly) BAJAN PERSPECTIVE

Musical Characteristics of Wuk Up Music  Duple time.  Polyrhythmic.  Binary.  Has the presence of strong down beats emphasised by foot kick or similar frequency.  Each hip rotation/circle is the length of one pulse.

Wuk Up – A Dance  The Bajan traditional form of Tuk band is said to have encompassed this type wuking up – See Landship performance.  Namely the (3rd rhythm of Tuk) the Tuk Rhythm – Tuk encompasses 3 rhythms.  Musical Example -Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Ruk-A-Tuk International.

Dance Calypso  Dance calypso/Road march types like Harding, developed their own style of wuking up.  Musical example - Burn Mr. Harding – Mighty Gabby.

Early Soca and Classic Soca Sound  Early Soca and Classic Soca Sound maintained this version of dance.  Musical examples – We Ain’t Going Home – Tambu.

1990s  1990s saw a conscious attempt by Barbadian producers in Barbados to emphasise rhythm and remove harmony.  Emphasis on rhythm was led initially by Eddy Grant.  Key producers - Nicholas Brancker and Terry Arthur, Petter Coppin.  Musical Examples – Ring Bang – Dr. Cassandra – Eddy Grant  Musical Examples – 90s Bajan Soca – Yardie – Krosfyah - produced by Nicholas Brancker.  Musical Examples – 90s Soca – Ragamuffin – Square One -composed by Terry Arthur.

Bashment Soca  Combination led to increased tempos and rhythm emphasis.  Hard Wine opened the door to Bashment Soca which prominently features wuk up dancing and lyrics.  Musical Example – Hard Wine – composed by Lil Rick – produced by Peter Coppin.

Ragga Soca  Due to tempo elicits a different Wuk Up.  Musical Example – Wet Me – Krosfyah – produced by Nicholas Brancker.

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