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History of Chutney and Chutney soca
Chutney is an uptempo song, accompanied by dholak, harmonium, dhantal and urumee, played in rhythms imported from filmi, calypso or soca. Early chutney was religious in nature. The music is a form of music indigenous to the southern Caribbean, primarily Trinidad & Tobago, which derives elements from soca and Indian filmi songs. It was created by Indo-Caribbean people whose ancestors were transported to the West Indies as indentured servants and later immigrants, during the 19th century.
Chutney soca was first coined by Drupatee Ramgoonai of Trinidad & Tobago in 1987 in her first album entitled Chutney Soca, with both English & Hindi versions of the songs. The addition of chutney-soca to the island's musical life signified a consolidation of the East Indian influence on Trinidadian culture and politics, particularly during the 1990s.
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