Trinidad Culture

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Trinidad & Tobago: The Culture

Trinidad and Tobago’s nearly 1.4 million people are English-speaking, but trace their roots back to Africa and India, China and the Middle East, Europe, and the Mediterranean.

Trinidad and Tobago is the home of Caribbean Carnival. It is also the home of calypso and soca, the music which fuel the Carnival, the steel pan, which evolved in Port of Spain in the 1930s, and the limbo, a dance symbolizing “the crossing over”. Derived from African and Indian music and dance forms, these are important features of the annual Carnival celebration, which to many represents the ultimate creative expression of the islands. 


A member of a hereditary caste among the peoples of western Africa whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc. Known as a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, or musician, the griot is a repository of oral tradition and is often seen as a leader due to his or her position as an advisor to royal personages.

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