His son Antonio also joins him in the band, which opted for house parang this year.
Arabic, Yoruba, Bhojpuri, Urdu and other languages are used in religious contexts, and the traditional Christmas music called parang is sung in Spanish.
In spite of Trinidad's proximity to South America, Latin music - with the exception of the native parang - hasn't enjoyed widespread popularity in the country since the 1960s.
There was traditional Christmas carol singing by individuals and choirs, parang , gospel dance and Latin dance by members and invited friends of the police service.
Sung in Spanish, parang is as Trinidadian as calypso.
Cotton has now replaced the material previously made from beaten palm fibre and they have always needed some iron for parangs (sword-like machetes) and cooking pots.
And it's hard hacking them into pieces with blunt knifes, or even blunt parangs .