Trinidad Road March Songs 1999 to 2020


The Trinidad Road March is a song fitting for dancing and jumping up in the streets. A road-march song is usually delineated by a quick repetitious and rousing chorus. In the early times, Lord Kitchener was considered the king of the road-march. He still owns the record with eleven road-marches. The road-march are the tunes played by steel or brass bands on the roads on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

Lord Kitchener Road-March King
Lord Kitchener (Aldwin Roberts)

There was a time when the Leggo, or Break Away song, was heralded as the best song for the two days of a parade on the streets. Today we call that song the National Road March which, of course, was officially sanctioned in 1962. Prior to 1962, that song was known as the Leggo! Lord Kitchener pictured above currently has the most wins for Trinidad Road March songs.

ArtistNumber of Road Marches
Super Blue10
Machel Montano10
King Radio3
Fay-ann Lyons3
Shurwayne Winchester2
Calypso Rose2
Spit Fire2
Farmer Nappy1
Iwer George1

Road March list from Bacchanal! The Carnival Culture of Trinidad

People nowadays keep saying that we have changed calypso over the years. I say why not? We had to change, for calypso is a live and living thing. – The Mighty Sparrow

“Raise Yuh Hand, Jump up and Get on Bad!”: New Developments in Soca Music in Trinidad by Lorraine Leu

If you want to learn more about Trinidad, check out the following articles: Waving Gallery, Doux-doux and Bad John. In addition to Trinidad Road March’s song traditions from Lord Kitchener, there is also Trini folklore, such as Papa Bois is an oral tradition meant to pass on the stories to the next generation. Other Trini phrases in the vernacular are Light Candle, Sprawl Off.

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