is a musical style which fuses together Venezuelan
influences to create up beat tempos with a Spanish
style and is popular in Trinidad
& Tobago and various areas of Venezuela.
is celebrated during the Christmas season with Singers and
instrumentalists (musicians) traveling from house-to-house in
communities, and is often joined by friends and neighbors using
whatever instruments at hand performing. The music is
typically played with cuatro (a four-string small guitar), maracas
(locally known as shak-shaks), and is often sung in Spanish.
Other instruments are used as well and they are
violin, guitar, claves - locally known as toc-toc, box bass, flute,
mandolin, bandolin, caja - a percussive box instrument and marimbola).
The entertainment and performances are done in exchange for food and
drink rum or ponche de creme (an alcoholic eggnog).
the repertoire is influenced by nearby Venezuela's traditions, it has
largely developed into an indigenous performance genre in Trinidad.
While the traditional house-to-house caroling
tradition is still practiced by small groups and larger organized
groups, the music has also developed into a season of staged
performances called "parang fiestas," held from October
through January each year, culminating in a final national parang
has evolved throughout the years and many soca
music artists have generated a cross-over music called "soca
parang" which is a fusion of calypso and soca whose lyrics are
sang in English and are inspired by the "Americanized"
Christmas often referring to such symbols as Santa
Claus. Noted parang-soca artists include Scrunter,
and Big B.
Chutney (a singing artform of the indigenous people of Trinidad which
have influences from Indian rhythms and are sometimes sung in Hindi)
melodies have also been fused in with Parang.