Listen to the Caribbean Christmas Music called Parang
We are all familiar with the classical Christmas music but in Trinidad & Tobago the Christmas music is called Parang!
We at Rhythm Travels are passioned about music from all corners of the world and therefore have created a playlist with some great Caribbean Christmas Music
“Parang is a popular folk music originating from Trinidad and Tobago that was brought to Trinidad by Venezuelan migrants who were primarily of Amerindian, Spanish and African heritage, something which is strongly reflected in the music itself. The word is derived from two Spanish words: parranda, meaning “a spree or fête”, and parar meaning “to stop”.
In the past, it was traditional for parang serenaders called “Paranderos” to pay nocturnal visits to the homes of family and friends, where part of the fun was waking the inhabitants of the household from their beds and customary for families to greet the Paranderos with drinks and food, following specific steps or rituals that accompanied the entry to the home, the dedication of songs to a host, the eating and drinking, and the departure. The festive season would begin around mid October and continue approximately to January 6 which is the feast of Epiphany. The resulting atmosphere would be that of happiness, togetherness and the joy of good Christmas.
Today it’s especially vibrant in Trinidad and Tobago communities but also nearby islands with different styles and categories of parang called Aguinaldos (also known as Serenales), Guarapos and Despendidas. In the last several years Soca and Calypso have fused with parang creating Soca-Parang with lyrics in English which appeal to the North American Christmas with Santa and lots of gifts but also with Indian drumming and Chutney melodies.
Merry Christmas everyone!