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Theresa Motilal (ID # 3305129)
Glenn Solomon (ID #3305171)
What is Parang?
•Parang comes from the Spanish word
know as "parranda" (action of merry
making, group of serenaders).
•In Trinidad it refers to folkloric music
of Hispanic American origins.
History of Parang.
• First theory of parang music originted during
Christianity of Amerindians by French Clergy
Indians in (Spanish) Missions.
• The second theory is that parang music was
introduced by Venezuelans imported to work
in the cocoa estates.
• Traditional parang bands often refer to as "Parenderos"
consisted of four to six singers accompanied by musicians
who played guitar, cuatro, mandolin (bandolin) , violin, cello
(violoncello), bandol (bandola), box bass, tambourine,
clapper, toc-toc (claves), wood block pollitos, tiple, scratcher
(güiro) and maracas (chac-chac or shak-shak).
Parang bands would move from house to house in
neighbourhood serenading to family and friends during
festive seasons. It would be customary for families to greet
the Paranderos with drinks and food, following specific steps
or rituals that accompanied the entry to a home, the
dedication of songs to a host, the eating and drinking, and
Pictures of Parang Instruments.
The Box Bass
• The box bass is a box to
which a string is
attached. When the
string is pulled, it gives
out a sound. This could
be changed by varying
the tension in the string
and the movement of
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• The Maracas are a pair
of small calabashes
which are cleaned out
inside and into which
small black seeds and
sticks are inserted.
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Popular Parang Bands:
• Los Hermanos Lara
• La Divina Pastora
• La Familia De Rio Claro
• Los Paranderos de UWI (UWI - St. Augustine)
• Los Tocadores
• San Jose Serenaders
• Los Alumnos de San Juan
• Voces Jovenes
• Carib Santa Rosa
• Los Ninos de Santa Rosa
Location of 2010 Parang Performances
• Sat. Oct. 9- Parang Launch @ Parang HQ, ArimaSat. Oct.
• Sat. Oct. 16 - Sangre Grande Regional Sporting Complex
• Sat. Oct. 23 - Tabaquite Basketball Court, Tabaquite
• Sat. Oct. 30 - San Rafael Catholic Parish Hall
• Sat. Nov. 6 - Lopinot Basketball Court
• Sat. Nov. 13 - North South Parang Clash @ Petrotrin Sport
Club, Palo Seco
• Sat. Nov. 20 - Maracas/St. Joseph Community Centre
• Sat. Nov. 20 - Sun. Nov. 21 - Junior Parang Championships @
Chaguanas North Comprehensive School
• Sat. Nov. 27 - Parang Semi-Finals @ Parang HQ, Arima
• Sat. Dec. 4 - Valsayn North - Jamoboree Park
• Sat. Dec. 11 - Parang Finals @ Arima Velodrome
• Sun. Jan. 2 - Lewa - Santa Rosa de lima Catholic Church,
Los Alumnos de San
Juan.• Alicia Jaggasar -
Vocalist / Guitar
• Lauren Birot - Vocalist
• Rhonda Rosales -Vocalist
• Magdalene Walcott -Vocalist
• Natasha Britto - Vocalist
• Icana Belgrooe – Vocalist
• Maria Jagdeo - Vocalist
• Wayne Jagdeo - Pan / Cuatro
• Denzil Lyons - Guitar
• Nelson Harris - Bass / Drum
• Nicholas Jaggasar - Bass Guitar
• Julia Torres - Mandolin
• Ian Jaggasar - Box Bass / Drum
• Alan Abraham - Marac
• Theron Shaw - Lead Guitar
• Jeremy Campbell - Toc Toc
• Adrian Redhead - Guitar /
• Nigel Williams - Marac /
History of the Band.
The band started more than twenty years ago
when a group of teenagers.
These youngsters attended the San Juan
Government Secondary School.
Los Alumnos de San Juan
rehearses at least once a week.
However, as parang season
approaches, the rehearsals
increase in frequency.
Many sleepless nights are given to
band practice and studio time.
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Recording the music.
Los Alumnos de San Juan works with Mr. Dave
Ramoutar to produce their music.
Mr. Ramoutar, a graduate of Berkeley College
in the United States of America, is the
Manager and owner of ‘Side One Studio’. His
studio is located at Orange Grove Road, St.
Recording an album.
•Have an idea and a tune
•Meet with a producer.
•The producer will revise
the tune as needed.
instruments, the producer
will record a demo.
•The producer will revise
•Recording of the tracks
onto a compact disc.
•Mr. Ramoutar uses
programme in his
He has keyboards,
hard disc recorder,
First Interview with
Mr. Dave Ramoutar.
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Why does a studio need to be sound
• A recording studio with hard
walls and sharp corners is
going to bounce the audio
waves around the room,
distorting the sound and
affecting the recording. To
keep the best possible
acoustics in the room, you
need something that absorbs
the sound and doesn't allow it
to bounce. Egg crate foam is
one of the products you can
use to absorb and prevent
bounce. The ceiling of the isolation booth
Do you know why the recording studio
is kept dark??
Dimmers and florescent lamps may reduce hum into
the audio system.
Ambient lighting is good, it saves eyestrain.
It helps to cut down on the glare from the computer
Still unconvinced?? Listen to Mr. Ramoutar….
Recording a note.
• Recording even one note can sometimes be
• The producer and the sound engineer has to
do several takes to make sure that the note
they are hearing is of an accurate pitch.
Making a Music Video.
•‘jcd & associates’ is an independent production company, based in
•They are currently filming an in-flight video for Caribbean
•This video will feature the talents of Los Alumnos de San Juan.
•As a spin off of this project, the group was offered a chance to
record a music video.
•It would be distributed to the local television stations to be used
as a ‘filler’ between shows.
•Los Alumnos de San Juan recorded their signature song –
One of the mangers/producers of the video, Mr. Dennison,
spoke about equipment and procedure.
•At the site: 2 Sony Betacam D35 & D-30
1 Canon XL H1 High Definition Camera
1 Presidential Teleprompter.
•These cameras were used to shoot video footage of the band
miming their performance.
•Audio would be added in the studio. This audio would be taken
of the CD the band had done in the previous year.
•Mr. Dennison explained, the cameras were basically, “pointing
and shooting”. Several retakes were done as the band had to
have precision choreography together with their playback audio.
Video Shoot #1: Click to play Video Shoot # 2: Click to play
Video Shoot # 3: Click to play