Late start to Parang launch
By RALPH BANWARIE Monday, October 14 2013
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PARANG SISTERS: Sisters Britney, left, and Kateri Ganpat provided back up music with their maracs during the launch of the National Parang Association...
PARANG lovers had to wait later than usual to hear the sweet songs as the National Parang Association’s (NPATT) launch of Parang Season 2013 got off to a late start on Saturday night at the Arima Velodrome.
The launch, which was scheduled to start at 8.30 pm, got underway two hours late, much to the chagrin of the small crowd that turned out for the event. The first parang band to perform was The Lara Brothers which played as a special guest band.
Willie Lara, the only surviving member of the Lara Brothers was recognised by the Association for his more than 60 years of contribution to the parang art form. Lara was presented with a plaque by Wayne Flores, NPATT representative.
Speaking later on the night, Lara said he was happy to be a recipient of an award by NPATT saying this was the first time he has received an award for his 60 years of involvement in parang.
Lara said The Lara Brothers are in good hands and the band continues to grow with its members increasing and many youths are showing interest in becoming a member of the band. The band is alive and strong said Lara.
Ten of the nation’s top parang bands performed on the night including, Los Alumnos De San Juan, Voces Jovenes, Los Buenos Parranderos, San Jose Serenaders, La Familia de Carmona y Amigos, Renacer, Los Parranderos de UWI, Mucho Tempo, Amantes de Parranda and Los Amigos Cantadores.
Many in the small crowd could not resist the sweet music and shouts of “aiyee, aiyee!” could be heard with others taking to the dance floor to relieve their energy pent up during the two-hour wait for the launch of the annual parang festivities.
The entertainment continued until three o’clock yesterday morning when the show ended and weary parang enthusiasts left the Velodrome for home and their warm beds. Bringing greetings at the launch was NPATT president Kelvin Wharwood. MC for the launch was Oscar Wallerson.