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History of Parang
Parang is a type of music with Caribbean and Latin influences. The word Parang derived from the Spanish word parranda which means merry making.
In the past, it was traditional for parang serenaders to pay nocturnal visits to the homes of family and friends, where part of the fun was waking the inhabitants of the household from their beds. These visits involve singing and dancing as well as the sharing of food and drink.
There are several types of Parang such as Serenal or Aguinaldo, where Parranderos announce their arrival in song and seek to gain entry to the homes of family and friends to relate the story of the birth of Christ, and to share in the joy of the message of Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all men. Guarapo, a lively song based on any topic. Despedida, a song to give thanks for the joy of sharing, and to say farewell to the host, until the next Christmas.
Today, a new form of parang, soca parang, has emerged. Soca parang is a combination of soca and parang
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