Parang music in Trinidad. A Hispanic tradition in an anglophone country
Parang music originated from a Spanish-speaking minority of Trinidad and became a popular mainstream music and even a marker of national identity in the 1970s after independence. Musical contests with fixed rules emerged, but outside of these established processes, and beyond this organization, Parang music was developing further and hybrid forms emerged. The fact of the nationalization of the music of a minority led to controversies, discussion and conflict. Aim of the book is to describe and understand the transformation aspect of this tradition, e.g., whether the music performed within the competitions may be called authentic or whether it is a mere construct. Näumann describes historical and political contexts, Hispanic forms of music of Trinidad, Parang versions, controversies, Parang development in the second half of the 20th century, the competitions, language and lyrics, musical traits, and hybrid forms. The extensive appendix has lyrics, musical notes and photographs of musicians.
Keywords: Parang music, nationalization, music in Trinidad, popular music, identity and music