Father, Sister, Mother, Brother Christmas

My name is Dave Ramlal and I design Christmas trees.

When my sister and I first started our business, we did a lot of Christmas trees for homes. It was a big thing for us at Christmas. Now I just do them for for important people in my life

I’m a St James boy. For sure. [Even if] I spent 18 years away from home. I lived abroad for a while and then bought a home in Glencoe. I recently moved back to St James. Because my father got very ill and I need to be there 24/7, in case anything happens.

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Parang in the 21st Century

My name is Stanley Jennings and I am a parandero. But when I’m onstage, my sobriquet is Albertos Alvarales Consuelo. Stanley Jennings is cool and mellow. But Albertos is cocky. He figures he’s something, nuh.

I’m born and raised in the West my whole life. My family is from Woodbrook. I live in Santa Cruz. When I was 17, I went Santa Cruz with a friend and said, “I’m going to buy my home in this place!” And that’s what I did.

“Jennings” is not a Panyol name but my grandfather, Daniel Noriega, is originally from Venezuela. He was actually the head judge in the first parang competition ever held in Trinidad & Tobago. So I come from genuine parang stock.

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Where Sixth Street Meets Crown Point

My name is Marcus Campo and I run a liquor shop in Tobago.

I’m from Arima but I’m living Tobago for the past four years. I go back to Arima to visit but I’m in Tobago to stay. I love it! I was welcomed by Tobagonians from the time I first came.

Boy days for me was Calvary Hill, Arima. Bush. I know ‘bout ‘gouti and lappe. I had my little hunting days, back in my teenaged years, catching the little iguana, the little manicou and stuff like that. But hunting with slingshot. And pellet guns. Not them big guns.

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