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We wish you a great weekend and we thank you for all your support.  Please remember we do appreciate you being a part of our on-line family and again, please know that without you there is no us!!!  

Until next week and please be safe, and enjoy this Weekend.  Again, thanks for all your support!

Greetings On-Line Family!       

Susan Mangatal

The Spirit of This Lovely Christmas Season is upon us!

A Truly splendid, exquisite and magical season - One that sparkles and shines!  A festive season full of greetings, and the sharing of happiness and love.  For many though...it's a season for gifts.  There is so much joy in the air, and the happy memories surrounding us of the beautiful moments that took place throughout the year.  So much is experienced during this season... 

 

  • The Joy of Giving

  • The Abundance of Happiness all around (especially our kids who are full of joy!)

  • The Love of Family

  • The Warmth of Good Friends

  • The Blessing of Hope

  • The Gift of Faith

  • The celebration of life and peace throughout the world.

 

 

There is a lovely quote by notable award-winning journalist Carol Nelson: "Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home, ” and boy is she right!!!!  Even though I am home with my immediate family, during this special time of year I always become homesick for the place of my birth - Trinidad and my family who still reside there.  The fascinating traditions there are so imprinted in my brain that I can't seem to get them out of my soul and mind.  

The music rings in my ear constantly during this time and the foods...ohhhh the foods are so great.  I know in the past I have written about this special sentiment that always seem to come over me during this time, and I feel  it's mandatory to share it with you again.  So I begin my reminiscing of the special traditions of Christmastime in the lovely island of Trinidad with the foods.  

TrinidadBlackCake.jpg (32885 bytes)Christmas is not Christmas if there is no Black Cake - A special cake that is made, and actually filled primarily of alcohol drenched prunes, currants and raisins.  For the recipe, please CLICK HERE! 

Pastelles-2.jpg (17504 bytes)There must also be: (1) Pastelles - another of the seasons' favorite food - which is a steamed cornmeal pie filled with stewed meat, olives and raisins and wrapped for steaming in banana leaves (pretty similar to the Tamale from Latin American).  For the recipe, please CLICK HERE! 

(2) "Ponche de Creme" - Trinidad's version of Eggnog which is traditionally consumed during the Christmas season.  It is made with dark rum and citrus flavors, such as lime and Angostura bitters (orange extract). The result is a fruity lightness that alleviates the sweet creaminess of this special drink.   For the recipe, please CLICK HERE! 

 

Sorrel-2.jpg (14538 bytes)(3) Another drink is Sorrel, a very fruity drink made from the sepals of the sorrel flower (Roselle Plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa)). Somewhat of a spiced, iced hibiscus tea which is made with run for the adults or a separate batch without for the kids.   For the recipe, please CLICK HERE!  

Christmas will certainly not be Christmas without Trinidad's Traditional music - Parang.  (Parrang is derived from the Spanish word Parranda which means "the action of merry making, group of serenaders.".  Musicians or "Parranderos" roam the visiting home-after-home playing Parang music and serenading people with both sacred and non sacred repertoire. 

Parang is a musical style which fuses together Venezuelan and Calypso influences to create up beat tempos with a Spanish style and is popular in Trinidad & Tobago and various areas of Venezuela.

Parang is celebrated during the Christmas season with Singers and instrumentalists (musicians) traveling from house-to-house in communities, and is often joined by friends and neighbors using whatever instruments at hand performing.   The music is typically played with cuatro (a four-string small guitar), maracas (locally known as shak-shaks), and is often sung in Spanish.     Other instruments are used as well and they are violin, guitar, claves - locally known as toc-toc, box bass, flute, mandolin, bandolin, caja - a percussive box instrument and marimbola).  The entertainment and performances are done in exchange for food and drink rum or ponche de creme (an alcoholic eggnog). 

Although the repertoire is influenced by nearby Venezuela's traditions, it has largely developed into an indigenous performance genre in Trinidad. While the traditional house-to-house caroling tradition is still practiced by small groups and larger organized groups, the music has also developed into a season of staged performances called "parang fiestas," held from October through January each year, culminating in a final national parang competition.  

Parang has evolved throughout the years and many soca music artists have generated a cross-over music called "soca parang" which is a fusion of calypso and soca whose lyrics are sang in English and are inspired by the "Americanized" Christmas often referring to such symbols as Santa Claus.  Noted parang-soca artists include Scrunter, Crazy and Big B. Chutney (a singing artform of the indigenous people of Trinidad which have influences from Indian rhythms and are sometimes sung in Hindi) melodies have also been fused in with Parang.

To hear  and view a funny Parang Song performed by Trinidad's Parang singer Marcia Marinda entitled "Thiefing Parang Band" -  Click the picture to the left.  (Courtesy of on-line family member Amoke, and powered by You Tube).  

 

I  truly hope I didn't bore you too much this week with my Christmastime home sickness.   

As I countdown the days to Christmas I see it's just 14 days away, so until then may you continue to have the Christmas Spirit surrounding you always during this exciting and spectacular season!  Happy Holidays!

De Parang Happenings

Every year in our area several Parang events are held, and this year the tradition remains the same.  Therefore, if you are from my small island Trinidad and Tobago and you get these same sentimental feelings during this time, or if you want to experience this interesting music, then I must share with you details on Parangs taking place in this area.  

ASocaParangExtravaganza-12.12.09-B.jpg (54689 bytes)This weekend in Baltimore the Trinidad & Tobago Association of Baltimore (TTAB) and De Four of Us Productions will host their "A Soca Parang Extravaganza" on Saturday, December 12th - featuring Starlight Serenaders and Peter Nottingham, along with special guest Leon Caldero.  Join De Four of Us Crew & TTAB, along with their host popular Neil Mattei of his "Caribbean Affair Connection" weekly radio program on Baltimore's WEAA 88.9 for this fun filled all-inclusive  Parang Extravaganza at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Baltimore. Click the picture to the right for all the details!

SekouSocaParang09_Back.jpg (218482 bytes)Next Saturday, December 19th, 2009 - Sekou Flex Entertainment Presents his 4th Annual " Soca Parang Christmas Fete" featuring the popular Parang King of the World "Crazy".  The paranging certainly continues with Sekou at Zanzibar on the Waterfront - 700 Water Street, SW, Wash. DC (Diaspora Entrance), with great parang music being performed live by "Crazy", a live riddim section with Jump Starters  and 3 DJ's who will keep pumping the traditional Trinidad & Tobago's Christmas music and much more.  This exciting event is definitely one you cannot miss.  It will be full of fun, Parang, dancing, singing, good drinks, good vibes, good food (Black Cake, Ham and Turkey provided/sponsored by Crown Bakery and Sweet T&T), plus much more! Click the flyer to the left for all the details!

PMSOConcert&Parang.jpg (35590 bytes)Additionally, local Steel Pan Band "Pan Masters Steel Orchestra" informed us that they too will be having their annual parang on December 19th at their PanYard in Brentwood, Maryland.  The December Concert Series continues on this night as well, which will be followed by their annual Parang Celebration.  Click the flyer to the right for all the address and all details on this event!

 

SocaParang-CalypsoRose-09.jpg (128165 bytes)I also got word that the Calypso Queen of the World "Calypso Rose" will be in town for "Soca Parang" at the Blue Caribbean - 5402 Park Heights Ave. in Baltimore, Maryland on December 20th.  Click on the flyer to the left for all the details!



As I close out this week, I must remind you about  2 important events taking place this weekend.  

CAFE2009ChristmasConcert-S.jpg (40082 bytes)1. The CULTURAL ACADEMY FOR EXCELLENCE Steel Pan Holiday Concert, taking place on Saturday, December 12, from 4pm-6pm, at the First United Methodist Church (Sanctury), located at 6201 Belcrest Rd., Hyattsville, Maryland 20782. (Click the flyer on the right for details.)

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2. Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley present Distant RelativesNas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley explore the origins of the deeply-rooted, reggae and hip hop genre, tracing both sounds back to African Music. They will debate and celebrate the implications of this culture’s impact on the global community with a panel of pioneers — from DJ Kool Herc and DJ Red Alert to Jamaican dancehall legend, Daddy U-Roy, King Jammy, and moderator Sway Calloway of MTV. This event will also be streamed live and broadcast online at Natgeomusic.net.

This event will be followed by an after-party and open-mic show at Zanzibar - On-The-Waterfront nightclub, and will feature all the event participants (DJ Kool Herc and DJ Red Alert to Jamaican dancehall legend, Daddy U-Roy, King Jammy). Ticket price includes entry to the after-party. This event is general admission. Purchase your tickets by clicking on the following link:  .
http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/special-events/2009/12/12/distant-relatives



Congratulations

TonyCarr&Todd&SusanMangatal-11.28.09.jpg (165191 bytes)S. Anthony (Tony) Carr celebrates 30 years in the radio business, and we at Arious congratulate him for his outstanding success.  Mr. Carr clearly portrays his dedication and love for  the Caribbean Community through his weekly Caribbean radio program (Sunday nights) on WPFW 89.3 FM Washington DC.   He is also well know for his years as an in-demand Master of Ceremony handling over 90% of all Reggae shows in the Washington DC area.  Mr. Carr is truly an awesome gentleman, and again we congratulate him!  For more about Tony Carr log on to www.dccaribbeanconnection.com (Picture courtesy of "Clovis NT" l-r Todd & Susan Mangatal & Tony Carr).



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Feel free to always comment regarding this commentary or any of my past E-Newsletter commentaries, and I thank you for all the intriguing and thought provoking comments you send me on a regular basis.  As usual, I am eager to hear your thoughts on all I wrote above, so I look forward to having you share them with me: susan@ariousentertainment.us

Please check out our "Featured Events" below! Additionally log on to our  "Events" page to see all the events we are informed of.  Additionally, if you would like to share your thoughts on any of the issues above,  feel  free to send it directly to me at:  susan@ariousentertainment.us.

Have a great weekend! 




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