Monday greetings to you all! I’m back from my four-day vacation within the lovely island I call home known as Trinidad and Tobago.
I am so grateful for the time away but it’s time to get back to the real world and my blog which I missed so much. I’ve missed reading your blogs and sharing my thoughts. I hope all is well with each of you.
Tonight on Music Reflection Mondays I will touch on some of the wonderful music that we make here as well as highlight some of the wonderful talent that creates the music.
The beautiful twin island of Trinidad and Tobago is situated in the West Indies. We are a diverse group of people filled with rich cultural and religious backgrounds. Our annual Carnival celebrations is well-known and is truly a sight to behold.
We’re also known for our national instrument called the steel pan. The melodious sounds you can hear especially at Carnival time when we have Panorama – an annual steelband music competition.
Outside of Carnival, Trinidad and Tobago is also known for its music namely calypso music, soca music , chutney music and parang music (which is mostly heard around Christmas time.)
Here are some of our local celebrities for each of the categories I mentioned above. Please note, that this post would be too long if I tried to list every single person. This list therefore is by no way a complete representation of all the amazing talent both past and present that we as a nation have blessed with.
Some if not most of these individuals have made a name for themselves not only locally and regionally but internationally as well. For a more extensive listing on our local talent please click here.
Let’s begin. 🙂
Some popular calypsonians include:
- Dr. Slinger Francisco aka “Mighty Sparrow” or “The Calypso King of the World”
- Lord Kitchener aka “De Grandmaster”
- David Rudder
- Calypso Rose
- Winston Bailey aka “Shadow”
- Dr. Hollis Liverpool aka “Chalkdust”
- Aaron Duncan
- Roderick Gordon aka “Chucky”
Some popular soca artiste include:
- Machel Montano – aka “King of Soca”
- Ian Alvarez – aka “Bunji Garlin”
- Fay-Ann Lyons
- Destra Garcia
- Shurwayne Winchester
- Patrice Roberts
- Kes The Band
- Denise Belfon – aka “Saucy Wow”
Some popular chutney artiste include:
- Rikki Jai
- Ravi Bissambhar
- Drupatee Ramgoonai
- Sundar Popo
- KI and 3Veni
Some popular parang singers include:
- Daisy Voisin
- Lara Brothers
- Los Caballeros
- Los Parranderos de UWI
Music feeds the soul and here in Trinidad and Tobago we love it. Music is apart of who we are and how we enjoy spending our time. Some more than others but in this country there is no escaping music be it in the form of soca, chutney, calypso, parang we grow up hearing it, living it and breathing it.
What wonderful things are your country known for? Feel free to share below.
Hope you enjoyed learning a little more about where I’m from and some of the talented people I’ve grown up listening to. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.