It is officially the day after Christmas. I wanted to post this yesterday, but cooking, eating, and sleeping took up a lot of time, and I also have a paper to work on that is due soon but enough of the excuses.

I hope you all had a great day. During the Christmas season, most of us listen to the traditional Christmas carols sung repeatedly by hundreds of artists and in different ways. I thought about sharing my favorite carols, but I decided to share my local music instead.

In Trinidad and Tobago, we listen to a genre of music called Parang. (My lecturer would not be pleased with this) but according to Wikipedia, Parang is a popular folk music brought to Trinidad by Venezuelan migrants who were primarily of Amerindian and African heritage. The word is derived from two Spanish words: ‘Parranda’, meaning ‘a spree or fête’ and ‘Parar’, meaning ‘to stop’.

Just a quick note, Soca is another genre that originated in Trinidad and Tobago that evolved from calypso. In the past, it was traditional for Parang serenaders to pay nocturnal visits to homes of family and friends. Today, a new form of Parang, Soca Parang, has emerged. Soca Parang is a combination of Soca and Parang. I will talk more about it in a later post.

One noticeable difference between the two is that one is sung in Spanish and the other in English.  There are so many good Parang songs that it is hard to choose but I will share three Parang and then three Soca Parang.

Daisy Voisin was and is still known as the Queen of Parang.

Baron has so many good Soca Parang songs. I love this one because it describes a Trini Christmas so well. I also have an old man crush on him and many people don’t understand why but it doesn’t matter :p

I call this man the Parang King.

My absolute favourite. I remember growing up and seeing this video on television and I laughed every time. It is a classic!

Comment below and let me know what you think.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!!

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0 thoughts on “My favourite Christmas songs (Trini style)”

  1. 1. “Listen Mama, I want you to tell Santa Clause …” & 2. “Laughing Children”. Two of the best ole time Trini Christmas songs. Then there is “Anita” too.

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