Many Trinis grow up listening to it especially around Christmas time and singing the many songs that are often sung in Spanish, or a mixture of Spanish and English where you could get it. It is known to have its origins in Venezuela, under the name Parranda. While they have slight differences, the two genres are pretty much linked. Of course, we take and make our own. Soca Parang is pretty much established in Trinidad and Tobago.
If you like this, check out Sharlene Flores’ parang on youtube
It’ll be a sweet, little, cultural addition to foreigners’ Christmas season. (Unless you’re Latin. In which case, come down! We’ll make it a fete)