“Parang, Parang; Parang, Parang; Parang, Parang” by Singing Francine
The words of this song would permeate the airwaves into many homes, cars and offices for the next two months. This is the Christmas season and it is parang time!
There will be the traditional parang, sung in Spanish where the Paranderos with guitar, cuatro, bandolin, cello, box bass, toc-toc, scratcher and maracas will sing the aguinaldos, anunciaciones and nacimientos. However SocaParang, a fusion of Soca, Calypso and Parang, will capture the bigger audience.
This festive season which runs from mid-October to 6th January will be officially launched on the 20th November at the Arima Tennis Club from 3pm to 8 pm. The National Parang Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NPATT) organizes competitions which will culminate with the finals at the same venue on the 17th December 2011. Arima is the home of Parang and the birth place of the late Daisy Voisin who was considered the Queen of Parang.
Whether Parang came from the Spanish, Venezuelans or Cubans won’t matter to many Trinis and visitors alike. The season and all it brings; the merrymaking – the Parang competitions, the house to house serenades, the visit to the Lopinot and the Paramin Parang festivals and the numerous office parties; the food – pastelles, ham and turkey, fruit cake and ponche de crème would consume many. And when it is all over, Trinis would have something else to look forward to – CARNIVAL 2K12.
So as we all prepare for this season, listen out for songs by Daisy Voisin, Sharlene Flores, Los Alumnos de San Juan, San Jose Serenaders, Marcia Miranda, Scrunter, Baron and Machel Montano just to name a few.
This short clip gives you a taste of Trini Parang.