We Wish You a Trini Christmas

Christmas in the islands is way different from Yule in northern climes. Much like Miami, there’s no snow, and coconut trees get strung with lights and tinsel. In Trinidad, locals mix condensed milk and rum into a potent Bailey’s-esque beverage called ponche de crème, and pouring out of every boombox, car, and home stereo system is the sweet sound of parang. This Caribbean folk music has its roots in Trinidad and Tobago, but the lyrics and instrumentation – the songs are most often sung in Spanish patois and played on the guitarlike cuatro – reveal neighboring Venezuela’s influence.

If you’re curious about more jubilant alternatives to that dry Bing Crosby sound, or you just enjoy a good time (Caribbean folks do know how to throw down), stop by the Strictly Soca Christmas Edition party tonight at The Castle. DJs House Arrest, Eternal Vibes, Selectah Genesis, and DJ Dorenzo will be spinning island classics all night long, starting at 10. Get there before midnight for two-for-one drink specials.
Sat., Dec. 15, 10 p.m., 2007
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