The National Parang Association of Trinidad and Tobago
The National Parang Association was established in 1971 in Trinidad & Tobago.
Mr. Errol Mohammed had a vision of organizing Parang Bands accross the country under one unbrella.
He wanted to revive, protect and promote this noble artform.
The meeting was held at the Valencia Community Centre in April 1971.
The attendees included - The Lara Brothers, Santa Theresa, La Familia de Rio Claro, San Jose Serenaders, Old Oak Serenaders, Universal Serenaders and Valencia Handicraft.
Mr. Errol Mohammed was elected as the President, with other executive members: Vice President- Cynthia David, Secretary - Herman Pandu Gilbert, Treasurer - Cecil Fuentes and Public Relations Officer _ Cecil Clark.
In that very year the first NPATT launched its firts National Parang Festival. There was a competition two weeks before Christmas.
Mr Mohammed met with Mr. Leo DeLeon and Mr. Hamilton Clement of NBS Radio 610 with a view to bringing Parang to every home in Trinidad and Tobago.
In 1972 Parang Band Music recordings began.
This gave impetus to other informal Parang bands to organize themselves and join the association.
Many albums were recorded by these bands with an astronomical growth in Parang Compositions.
Mr.Mohammed then took Parang to Venezuela and other caribbean countries.
In December 7th & 8th,1990 a Grand show was held in New York.
A Parang Convention was held which focussed on Cultural Anthropologyn at the National Convention Centre in Chaguaramas.
The association raised funds and aggresively sought sponsorship for the artform to thrive.
This year the government has granted the Parang Association 1 million dollars.
The Parang Association has elections regularly and has a new executive.
NPATT today ................
NPATT continues to work towards keeping Parang alive in our nation, through Competitions and Education.
There is a plan to have a museum established to preserve archives of this rich heritage.
The Association also has a Youth Officer now, Mr. Wayne Jagdeo, who is responsible for Parang in the Schools accross Trinidad and Tobago.
Competitions are held every year where schools compete against each other. This is one way the artformi s being preserved and passed on to the younger generation.
This year Sacred Heart Boys' RC School won the competition. ( See newspaper article below)
Sacred Heart comes out on top in Junior Parang
Story Created: Nov 21, 2010 at 11:48 PM ECT
Story Updated: Nov 21, 2010 at 11:48 PM ECT
THE auditorium came to life as the pupils from Sacred Heart Boys' RC School in Port of Spain sang and danced their way to victory at the National Junior Parang Festival in Chaguanas on Saturday.
Singing in position number 21, Sacred Heart captivated the audience with their melodious singing and had the entire Chaguanas North Secondary School auditorium swaying to every beat.
They sang "El Angel Gabriel" and "Anda Parrandero" to the delight of the audience.
"It doesn't matter which school you belonged to, they sounding sweet," one audience member said during one of the school's performances
With lead vocals by Jelani Corbie, the Richmond Street unit under choir mistress Michelle Diaz, had the fans, judges and even the MC spellbound with their performance.
The youngsters beat out runners-up Basse Terre RC and Malabar Government for the title. They also won a prize for best maracas player and musical instruments.
Earlier this month, Sacred Heart also copped the best parang band in the country at the SanFest competition at the Creative Arts Centre in San Fernando.
Titled "Es el Amor", Saturday's festival attracted some 24 primary schools from across the nation.
The list of winners is as follows:
1) Sacred Heart Boys'
2) Basse Terre RC
3) Malabar Govt
4) Newtown Boys'; St
Joseph Girls' RC
6) Caparo RC; Arima
8) Brazil RC
9) San Juan Girls' Govt;
Newtown Girls RC
HAD AUDIENCE SPELLBOUND: Members of the Sacred Heart Boys' RC School parang group perform during the National Junior Parang Festival at the Chaguanas North Secondary School auditorium on Saturday. They sang "El Angel Gabriel" and "Anda Parrandero" to take the top prize. —Photo: ANISTO ALVES
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