Edited by Azizi Powell
This post showcases seven sound files of Trinidadian and Tobagan Parang & Soca Parang songs. Information about Parang & Soca Parang music is also included in this post. Selected viewer comments are also featured after some of these sound files.
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Thanks to the featured vocalists and thanks to all those who keep Trinidadian & Tobagan Parang and Soca Parang alive.
INFORMATION ABOUT PARANG MUSIC
"Parang is a popular folk music originating from Trinidad and Tobago, it 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 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. Today, parang is especially vibrant in Trinidad and Tobago communities such as Paramin, Lopinot, and Arima.
A new form of parang, soca parang, has emerged. Soca parang is a combination of soca and parang.
In Trinidad, traditional parang music is largely performed around Christmas time, when singers and instrumentalists (collectively known as the parranderos) travel from house to house in the community, often joined by friends and neighbours family etc. using whatever instruments are to hand. Popular parang instruments include the cuatro (a small, four-string guitar) and maracas (locally known as chac-chacs). Other instruments often used are violin, guitar, claves (locally known as toc-toc), box bass (an indigenous instrument), tambourine, mandolin, bandol, caja (a percussive box instrument), and marimbola (an Afro-Venezuelan instrument). In exchange for the entertainment, parranderos are traditionally given food and drink: pastelle, sorrel, rum and "Ponche Crema" (a form of alcoholic eggnog).
While traditional house-to-house caroling tradition is still practised by some small groups and larger organized groups, modern parang music has also developed a season of staged performances called parang fiestas, held from October through to January each year, culminating in a national parang competition. Today, parang is especially vibrant in Trinidad and Tobago communities such as Paramin, Lopinot, and Arima."...
These examples are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube with the oldest dated example given first.
Example #1: Crazy (parang) Yvonne
Andy wong kee, Uploaded on Oct 26, 2008
treat ur wife right
ronnie jhagrur, 2013
"awesome soca parang jam ...love it ...DJ RONNIE INT"
Roger King, 2013
"There is no Christmas without d madman Crazy .... love him too baad !!!"
Alfred Defreitas, 2013
"yepp love the track make me feel like a child again.................. all d ham n cake ...............miss dem days"
Apphiaone Writes, 2014
"OLD SCHOOL!!!love it! Island vibes..."
Example #2: Trinidad parang Marcia Miranda - bring out the ham
Andy wong kee, Uploaded on Nov 1, 2008
classic...i wish i had d vid
"Lawd!!!...am lovin it .... in d christmas mood already!! Trini christmas is d bes!!"
Mei Ling Gao, 2009
in reply to trinipulse1
"Lol me too! i cant seem to stop listenin to parang and its not even christmas. It is just makes me feel good [and really hungry too lol] My mum is trini so i grew up with trini xmas. The best!!!"
"Its april and im listenig to parang already?"
Example #3: Sharlene Flores - Parang Soca Fun
TrinidadAndTobago101, Uploaded on Nov 5, 2010
Example #4: Soca parang SCRUNTER
ScorpioPetey, Uploaded on Nov 18, 2009
I WANT ME SOME portk for me Christmas
"I grew up in Maracas Valley. the village of parang and christmas carols.Christmas there was like travelling on your way to heaven. How I wish my children can experience this. Scrunter u r an Icon. I will cherish my childhood memories living in that beautiful place like heaven called the valley."
"ah trini christmas is not a trini christmas without this song..:)"
Dennisha Rollins, 2011
"Every year me and my play this music while putting up christmas decorations"
Example #5: Scrunta - Leroy (way your mother gone)
TriniKingDeOriginal's channel, Uploaded on Nov 26, 2008
Scrunta - leroy classic parang
Rachael Jones, 2013
"King of soca parang"
ramsundar bajan, 2013
"trin parang is d best in d hole world and we have d besssssst christmas lol"
sassytrini 868, 2014
"soca parang never gets old ah love it"
Example #6: Sharlene Flores - Parang Soca Fun
TrinidadAndTobago101 Uploaded on Nov 5, 2010
Example #7: BARON - IT'S CHRISTMAS (PARANG)
WOTLESS TRINIDADIAN, Published on Dec 1, 2012
CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE,THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONGS,HOPE YALL ENJOY THIS CLASSIC SONG
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