Trinidad Express / Nailah Blackman understands her family’s powerful legacy in the history of soca music. That’s why the soon-to-be-20-year-old is embracing her birthright, continuing along the path pioneered by her grandfather, the legendary Garfield Blackman, “Ras Shorty I.” She launches her debut album, Sokah, tomorrow—her birthday—with an origins concert on San Fernando Hill.

Her sound reflects the evolution of the genre, but stays true to its fundamental ethos as the “Soul of Calypso.”

“It’s the unity of cultures, bringing people together. Soca is togetherness, peace, love and harmony among all the races,” she says.

She wants soca to be sound of the future of Trinidad & Tobago.


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