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December 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
UHFAS not only bring you Eco tours but we want to give you a cultural experience, so Come Parang with us. Join UHFAS as we head to Lopinot Village to experience a musical tradition mainly heard during Christmas time in Trinidad
“During the Christmas season, the land of soca and calypso transforms into a country united by parang music. Derived from the Spanish word “parranda” meaning “a spree or fête”, parang bands in Trinidad embody this translation with lively and colourful performances that exude the festivity of the season.
In recent times, there has been an emergence of soca parang which is an energetic mix of traditional parang and the tempo of Trini soca that even the harshest music critic will enjoy.
Two theories surround the origins of Trinidad parang. The first is that the custom was brought to the island by the Spanish colonists who ruled Trinidad from 1498-1797. It continued to flourish after the British took over the island, because of constant interaction between the people of Trinidad and those of Venezuela. The second theory suggests that the custom was brought over from Venezuela in the 19th century by the cocoapanyols who came from Oriente, East Venezuela to work on the cocoa plantations in Trinidad. Whatever its origins, parang is now an integral part of the cultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobago.
Groups of musicians called “parranderos” go from house to house entertaining members of various communities. These visits involve singing and dancing as well as the sharing of food and drink. Today, this type of social paranging only takes place in a few areas in Trinidad. The main towns for parang are Arima, Santa Cruz, St. Joseph, Caura, Mausica, Lopinot, San Raphael and Rio Claro. ”
Source- Destination Trinidad and Tobago
Come witness performances by top Parang bands such as :
Reigning Parang champions Voces Jovenes.
Los Parranderos de UWI
Los amigos Cantadores
Las Buenas Nuevas
Los Buenos Parranderos
Voces de Promesa
Includes return transportation from UWI to Lopinot Village
Assembly time: 7pm
Return time: 11pm
Registration is OPEN:
Contact Raiza 268- 6608 to book your spots.
FINAL Registration day is on Thursday 6th December, 2018 and can be done from 5pm to 7pm at Rituals Coffee Shop, UWI Main Campus, St. Augustine.
** NO REFUNDS AFTER FINAL REGISTRATION DAY * *
For more information contact Raiza (268- 6608), Garvin (333-5913), Julio 747-7294, Shahada (328-5852)