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Folk

Some of the most beautiful and yet simple melodies are to be found in the found in the local folk music. Sung mainly in English dialect, folk music is passed from generation to generation. It  is much more evident in the sister isle of Tobago. The fiddle and tambourine have played a key part in Tobago’s folk music traditions.

Held annually during the August school vacation, the Tobago Heritage Festival preserves the unique cultural traditions of the island and the folk music is central to the performances and presentations of this authentic festival. The festival is fast becoming the main event on the national calendar and is a signature event for the island

Two of the more popular folk song in Trinidad and Tobago are Mangoes and Every Time Ah Pass. Note the unpretentious lyrics and repetition of a simple theme indicated in the lyrics included below.

Mangoes
Mangoes, Mangoes, Mangoes

Verse 1:
Mango vere, mango teen
Mango vere, mango teen
Ah want a penny to buy mango vert mango teen
gimme ah penny to buy mango vert mango teen
Mango doudou sou se matin
savez-vous all for me
Mango dou dou sou se matin
Savez-vous all for me

Mangoes, Mangoes, Mangoes

Verse 2:
Mango vere, mango rose,
Mango Vere, mango rose..
Ah want a penny to buy mango vert mango rose
Gimme a penny to buy mango vert mango rose
Every Time Ah Pass

Every time ah pass  You look at me
Every time ah pass  You look at me
Ah gonna tell mah mama do' sen me down dey
You better tell yo' mama do' sen yo' down here
Ah gonna tell me mama do' sen me down dey
You better tell yo' mama do' sen  yo ' down here.

Every time ah pass  You smile at me
Every time ah pass  You smile at me
Ah gonna tell mah mama do' sen me down dey
You better tell yo' mama do' sen yo' down here
Ah gonna tell me mama do'sen me down dey
You better tell yo' mama do' sen yo ' down here.

Every time ah pass  You wink at me……