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All about Trinidad & Tobago The People, the Music, Arts and Culture

Trinidad and Tobago are sometimes called "Trinbago" or referred to as simply "T&T." Citizens are officially called Trinidadians and Tobagonians.......... Both Trinidadians and Tobagonians are called Trinbagonians. Trinidadians are informally referred to as Trinis.

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                      Tobago map
Trinidad map
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  Trinidad & Tobago are the southernmost
islands in the caribbean chain,only 10km
(7 miles) from the Venezuelan coast and 
geologically part of South America.

Trinidad is 4,828 .sq km(1,864 sq.miles)
Tobago is 300 sq. km (116 sq. miles)
Population : about 1.3 millian people

 Trinidad & Tobago is also cosmopolitan,
Our ancestors came from Africa, Europe,
India,Asia,and the Middle East,speaking
many different languages.
   We are a nation of many diversities,
sharing with each other the music and 
food and festivals of four continents,
yet we are unique and original in our
Arts and Culture
  Our natural resources are natural gas
,petroleum and asphalt. 
  Trinidad and Tobago has become one of
the major gas development centers in the
world today, and is one of the leading 
suppliers of natural gas to the U.S. 
  Pitch Lake on Trinidad's southwestern 
coast, is the world's largest natural 
reservoir of asphalt. 


Music of Trinidad & Tobago

Calypso -
Calypso music also known as 'Kaiso' (a shout of encouragement, BRAVO ) originated in Trinidad. The Artform was developed during the 19th century in Trinidad's Carnival. It combines the skills of story-telling, singing, social commentary, and humor. The roots of the music lay in the arrival of African slaves to Trinadad, who were not allowed to speak to each other during work, communicated through songs. Many early calypsos were sung in a French Creole dialect called patois ("pat-was"). In the old days Calypso singers were known as "Giot" (Western African Storyteller). They later became known as the "Chantuelle" and today, they are called "Calypsonian."
Soca -
Soca is a form of dance music. A mix of calypso and Indian rhythms - combining the musical traditions of the two major ethnic groups of Trinbago. Soca (with it's origin in Trinidad and Tobago) continues to grow in popularity, and is the music generally asociated with the various carnivals in the Caribbean.

Soca was invented by Garfield "Shorty" Blackman.

Trinidad dialect rap with bold lyrics and groovy calypso or Soca rhythm
Chutney music is an Up-tempo, rhythmic fusion of traditional Indian percussion (dholak, harmonium, dhantal) and Soca beat with English and Hindi lyrics.
Ragga Soca
Ragga Soca : A fusion of Soca music and Dancehall style Reggae.
Pichakaree -
Pichakaree is an Indo-Trinidadian style of musical. The lyrics are generally social commentary, and are sung using a mixture of English Hindi and Bhojpuri words.
Parang -
Parang is a lively rhythmic Christmas song, sung in Spanish - influenced by our South American neighbor, Venezuela. The music is accompanied by Cuatro (a four-stringe small Guitar), Violin, Guitar, Mandolin, Bandolin, Chac-chac ( or Maracas) and the box bass (one string bass). The word "Parang" is derived from the Spanish word parranda which means "the action of merry making"(Serenaders). Parang musicians are known as 'Parranderos'. Stage performances, "Parang Fiestas" are held during the Parang-Season which begins in October and lasted until the first week of January each year.
Soca-Parang -
Parang has evolved in the course of time and new styles and influences (Soca, Calypso, East Indian instrumentation and melodies) have also been mixed in with Parang. The most popular is "Soca-Parang", the fusing of Soca with Parang - vibrant tempo with lyrics sang mostly in English.


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