Carnival season is underway and so are the vibes. From soca to dancehall to Afrobeats, the sounds of Carnival are recognizable throughout the diaspora and get our hearts racing in triple time. This major cultural celebration began as a commemoration of freedom and resilience by merging African and Caribbean influence and heritage. With roots dating back to the 18th century, Carnival today continues to center elements of music, dance and festive community events.
Whether you are stepping your stamina up for a lit fête or need an immaculate set of tunes while you get dressed, each of these songs needs to make its way to your own playlist.
It's Carnival (Remix)
Destra Garcia ft. Machel Montano
This song is a staple during Carnival season as it gets folks' energy pumping whenever it drops. I always has the whole crowd jumping from side to side.
Gyal You A Party Animal
Let your inner "party animal" pop out to play when this track comes on. A great song to warm up to before reaching the maximum level of hypeness.
Differentology (Ready Fi Di Road)
One of the best parts of Carnival is hitting "di road" and vibing alongside your favorite people in your best outfits and costumes. Remember when it comes to Carnival, you must be fully prepared to take it on
Turn Me On
A certified banger, "Turn Me On" immediately makes you want to move your waist, no matter where you are.
Vybz Kartel had a hit on his hands when he made this one. The hot sun and vibrance of the atmosphere is sure to induce a contagious fever for life and community during Carnival.
Stefflon Don ft. Spice
Each year, Carnival comes around like "clockwork" and gets better and better. From London's Notting Hill Carnival to Toronto’s Caribana, the Caribbean spirit permeates across the globe for iconic turn ups.
Life is a blessing and deserves to be enjoyed to the fullest, which is what Carnival is ultimately about. Jamaican-born artist Koffee captures this feeling in this party anthem.
Master KG ft. Nomcebo
Whether you know the line dance associated with this song or not, this song exudes the joy and spirit of Carnival season. Through exciting rhythms and the essence of community, these components come together to create a beautiful occasion.
Chronixx and Free Nationals
This is the perfect wind-down song after a day of excitement and fun.