Shanaqua, real name Rachael Fortune, is topical on the Myron B-produced track as she addresses the struggle Trinbagonians face this time of year in balancing financial obligations with carnival aspirations. It is a headache all soca fans can identify with more so with the downturn of the local economy.
Written by Peter Harper and Shanaqua the track has a throwback feel to an authentic age of soca music before cross genre experimentation. Interestingly enough many artistes are now reverting to this sound.
“It’s an undeniable sound because it is at its very core who we are as a people. Yes we have been exposed to so many more cultures and remain abreast on the latest trends in music the world over, but when you strip all those influences away we are still who we are, Trinis and Tobagonians rooted in our rich calypso and soca history,” Shanaqua said of her musical approach.
Shanaqua, then going by Rachael Fortune, had the hit song “Too Early for your Love” with Machel Montano in 1988. The former Auntie Kay winner changed her name to Shanaqua in 1998 when she released the hit pan song “Pan For Carnival” which was played by 17 steel bands that year. She is a former National Calypso Queen and International Soca Monarch finalist.
LISTEN TO AH OWE BY SHANAQUA