The National Parang Association of T&T

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The official website of the National Parang Association of Trinidad and Tobago. Home to the Caribbean's historically treasured musical tradition. The NPATT attempts to preserve the appreciation of parang music by hosting events, teaching students and also performing for its fans.

PARANG COMPETITION BACK AFTER 6 YEARS

After an absence of six years, the National Parang Association of T&T (NPATT) will be hosting a competition this year.

NPATT president Larry Denalli said the group would not be detered by funding challenges. He said nine parang bands had registered so far and the preliminaries will take place on October 28 at the Arima Velodrome, with the semi-finals at Palo Seco on November 5 and the finals on December 10 at the Arima Velodrome.

Denalli, who told the T&T Guardian the competition was last held in 2010, said: “With the support of a young and vibrant executive, parang in Trinidad and Tobago is healthy and alive. In spite of the negatives, which the executive is turning into positives, the show will definitely go on.”

He spoke about NPATT’s plans at the Pre-Launch of the Parang 2016 Season at the group’s headquarters in Arima on Saturday night. The event featured performances by top parang bands, including Las Buenas Nuevas of Santa Rosa, La Rueda Del Agua from Diego Martin and Amantes de la Musica of Malabar.

Denalli said NPATT now had a website and had established a presence on social media with the aim of keeping parang music alive for generations to come. He said the group had approached 45 local companies for sponsorship but had only received positive responses from two, Penta Paints and T&T Mortgage Finance.

He said the group’s goal was to become self sufficient by hosting parang events throughout the year and NPATT’s headquarters is being transformed into a hub for parang music not only for Christmas, but at Carnival time as well. 

“What I want to see happen in the future is   a marriage of the different cultures which will cross pollinate the artforms and provide a platform of our rich cultures for the entertainment of locals and foreigners,” Denalli said.

National Parang Association of Trinidad & Tobago rebrands, changes Logo

THE National Parang Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NPATT) under the stewardship of President Larry Denalli is on an aggressive rebranding exercise as part of the executive’s goal of keeping this indigenous artform not only alive but also relevant especially to the nation’s youth. The rebranding initiative, according to a NPATT release, kicked into high gear in May.

“Our association embarked on a process of rebranding as part of a renewal journey. NPATT must adapt and we must equip our organisation to meet the challenges faced by our member bands, the expectation of our patrons, and the requirements of other stakeholders. The strategic pillars and watchwords of this embarking are, ‘rebrand’, ‘rebuild’ and ‘reconnect’,” stated the release signed by NPATT Secretary Ruth Li. 

The release added that all things NPATT must be associated with a high standard and excellence in all that members do. “NPATT must be proudly recognised as the governing body for Parang in Trinidad and Tobago and Internationally. In terms of rebuilding, NPATT must develop sustainable internal systems that meet the requirements of a modern arts administration organization. With regard to reconnecting, the release stated, NPATT must reconnect by reaching out to all member bands of old and embrace those of new who are willing to join in. 

NPATT must reconnect with entities that are desirous of collaborating with the association in order to preserve, promote and develop “our treasured artform.” NPATT must reconnect with our patrons in order for Parang to remain vibrant. 

In light of this, NPATT has announced the launch of its new logo with immediate effect. “Additionally, we have established an online presence via social media and the association’s website which is: www.npatt.com . “You can also follow NPATT on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook using npatt_official. We need your support and invite all to join with the National Parang Association of Trinidad and Tobago this year and beyond to push our beloved artform to the space it belongs. 

“For further enquiries, you may contact the Secretary via 678- 9342 and also at secretarynpatt@ gmail.com. 

Viva la Parranda!,” the release ended. Apart from President Denalli and Secretary Li, other executive members are Curtis McDonald (Vice President); Rayan Kissoon (Assistant Secretary); Arlene La Vaughn Joseph (Treasurer); Andre Williams (PRO); Jason Ganpat (Youth Officer); Marcelvia Fitzwilliam-Carmona (Trustee); William Calliste (Trustee) and Committee Memebrs Phillip Salazar, Marcia Dider, Michael Lezama and Garry Subero.

Farewell dear friend, Mr. Farouk Khan

4th July, 2016.

PRESS RELEASE
 

We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Mr. Farouk Khan who died in a road accident in Piarco, yesterday afternoon. We express our deepest sympathies to Farouk's family and friends as we all mourn his passing. His love, dedication and service to our Association and the Parang art form is immeasurable.

He served as one of our Masters of ceremony on numerous occasions over the years with his inimitable style and voice which added to the excitement at those events. His close ties with the Carib community of Arima and the Venezuelan embassy provided an important link between those bodies and the Association.

Also, Farouk was one of the key committee members of the Lopinot Action Committee who, with the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, resuscitated the Cruz de Mayo celebrations in our nation, 5 years ago. He always wanted a closer cultural exchange program between Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

Farouk Khan always persisted that a holistic and multifaceted preview of Parang is presented; particularly, agricultural, societal, archeological, anthropological and its economic viability.

We will surely miss our passionate, patriotic, hardworking friend, Honorary Member, Mr. Farouk Khan.

May his soul rest in eternal peace and joy.

¡Viva la parranda! 

Rest in Peace Mr. Patrick Manning (1946-2016)

2nd July, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

 

The President, Executive members, Honorary members and all represented parranderos and parang groups of the National Parang Association of Trinidad (NPATT) wish to express our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Hazel Manning and family on the passing of former Prime Minister, Mr. Patrick Mervyn Augustus Manning.

Mr. Manning, throughout his career as a government official, holding several portfolios, always highlighted the importance of patriotism, diligence, education and the value of our culture and descendant creative industries.

We are truly grateful for his contributions and pray for comfort to all at this time.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

¡Viva la parranda!

FEATURE - Celebrating 45 years of majestic music!

by William Calliste, Trustee. 

Together with its friends, partners and the interested public this year the National Parang Association of Trinidad & Tobago (NPATT) celebrates its 45th anniversary since its inception. Our 45th anniversary gave us the chance to reflect on all that we have accomplished and plan for what is yet to come. It was also a time to celebrate the growth of NPATT and recognize our strength as a unified national association.

Above all, it is a time to acknowledge the hundreds of parranderos from all parts of Trinidad & Tobago, who have worked together to bring the Parang art form this far. Although we appreciate these achievements, the officers of NPATT realise that much remains to be done to secure a sustainable bright future for our membership.

The success of our association depends on all its membersEach and every one of us has a role to play. We must not stand back and wonder, “Why is the government not doing this - or providing that?” Instead, we must ask ourselves, what have we done for the forward movement of Parang today, and what can we do to make it better? This is our duty, our right, and our privilege. We are partners. We share the responsibility to ensure the continued growth of NPATT.

Viva La Parranda!


 

NPATT 2016 and beyond - Steering the ship towards a better place

This year the National Parang Association of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates 45 years since its inception, 19th April 1971. 

Annual General Meeting was conducted on Sunday 10th April, 2016 at our headquarters’ premises. Elections were held and the new Executive Management Team assumed office. 

The NPATT 2016-2018 Management Committee:

Mr. Larry Denalli – President
Mr. Curtis McDonald – Vice President
Ms. Ruth Li – Secretary
Ms. Rayan Kissoon – Assistant Secretary
Ms. Arlene LaVaughn Joseph– Treasurer
Mr. Andre Williams – Public Relations Officer
Mr. Jason Ganpat – Youth Officer
Mrs. Marcelvia Fitzwilliam-Carmona – Trustee
Mr. William Calliste – Trustee
Ms. Marcia Didier – Committee Member
Mr. Garry Subero – Committee Member
Mr. Phillip Salazar – Committee Member
Mr. Michael Lezama – Committee Member

Stay tuned for more blog posts and updates. Viva La Parranda!