This week in music class we visit the exuberantly musical southern Caribbean island nation of Trinidad. Trinidad merged with nearby Tobago in the late 19th century as a single country, though in class we leave Tobago for another day. Sorry Tobago, it’s nothing personal.
— OVERVIEW: Trindad boasts a facinating mix of people with Carib, African European and South Asian ancestry.
— MUSIC: A disproportionate amount of world-changing music has come from this tiny island.
— LANGUAGE: English is official but Trinidadian Creole and Bhojpuri/Caribbean Hundustani resonate.
— WHEN YOU GO THERE: You can still get an “authentic” Caribbean experience if you visit during Carnival.
— LIMBO: How low can you go?
— CALINDA: Trinidadian stick-fighting that is a martial art, a dance and a form of music, all rolled into one.
Explore the All Around This World songs from Trinidad:
Explore these musical genres from Trinidad:
Explore these instruments from Trinidad: